Paranormal investigators have been trying to establish if there really are ghosts living inside the walls of a Penrhyn Bay pub used as a secret hide-out for Catholic priests escaping persecution.
Numerous spirits are said to wander the corridors of Penrhyn Old Hall with sightings over the years including monks, a solider, a bad-tempered man, an elderly woman and mischievous children.
The Daily Post joined paranormal investigators Alius Sanctus and guests to probe the ghostly goings-on at the ancient home which dates back to the 14th Century.
For many years Penrhyn Old Hall was home to the Pugh family, who were devout Catholics, including the High Sheriff of Caernarfonshire Robert Pugh.
The family are believed to have sheltered Catholic priests when Protestantism was the only permitted religion – including a priest called William Davies who was eventually hung, drawn and quartered in Beaumaris.
Alius Sanctus come armed with a range of impressive technology including K2 meters, temperature guns, sound enhancers, energy rods, motion sensors as well as a Ouija board.
We gather in a circle in the darkness where we are taken through what is best described as a meditative “protection” ritual, before we attempt to contact spirits from the other side.
It’s doesn’t take long before our group of around 10 start to feel some strange sensations including the feeling of being watched.
A decision is made to attempt a “human pendulum” experiment in a bid to speak to any apparitions that may haunt the building.
For anyone unfamiliar with a “human pendulum” it is a technique which supposedly enables spirits to communicate by causing a person to move back and forwards in response to yes or no questions that are asked.
The spirits are asked to choose a person they want to communicate through and after silently willing not to be picked, I felt myself being inexplicably pushed forward by thin air.
Questions were asked aloud to gather information and what emerged was quite odd – however, whether it’s true remains unknown.
It emerged that a female spirit was in the room who was alive between 1750-1800 and she came to Penrhyn Old Hall after falling pregnant.
Puzzlingly, it appeared that at first she had not even realised she was dead and claimed not to have happy memories of the building…and was scared of two other male ghosts in the room.
Later in the night we try our hand at table-tipping which I was slightly dubious of.
It involves lightly placing fingertips on top of the table and inviting ghosts to move the table and it doesn’t take too long before it began to shake and then remarkably spin.
It’s mind-boggling that a table could move on its own and guests are taken by surprise.
We then attempt to use the Ouija board with no success and instead opt to just use a glass on a table.
With fingertips on the glass members of the group nervously call out questions including “move towards who you want to speak to” and amazingly it began to move…towards me.
More questions are asked and it claims to be a male relative of mine who has a message – however Kev Wilson-Byrne of Alius Sanctus claims he thinks the spirits are playing a game.
Of course, with both scenarios it could have been someone moving the table or glass on purpose, or even unknowingly.
However, most in the group genuinely believed it was a paranormal occurrence and there were no wires or magnets that could have been used to dupe us.
Chris Wilson-Byrne of Alius Sanctus said: “It was a really positive night with a reasonable amount of activity. There were interactions from spirits which I experienced and then guests also reported which was good to hear.
“For some things such as the table rocking and spinning there just are no logical explanations.”