The Tynllidiart Arms

As part of our project in Aberystwyth – The Seventh Room, we have been interviewing people in and around the town who have had experiences of ghosts or the paranormal. On Friday we visited Stuart Evans who works at Ceredigion Museum – the old Colosseum Theatre and cinema in Terrace Road.

We then went on to visit The Tynllidiart Arms in Capel Bangor just outside of Aberystwyth. There have been a number of strange incidents at the pub, including a photograph taken in 2004 in which a strange figure is captured sitting next to a customer at one of the tables.

Landlord Andy kindly suggested that we speak to barmaid Georgie who has had a few encounters with the resident ghost. Georgie told us some fantastic stories which were corroborated by both Andy and one of the pub visitors.

Apparently the ghost began to make its presence known when a pair of old baby shoes were discovered hidden inside a wall – when the shoes were moved the activity began. It is a very old custom to conceal shoes inside chimneys and walls, and considered very unlucky to remove them.

I took these images whilst we were setting up – I have had my camera since 2007 and I have taken thousands of images with it; I have to say I have never captured anything like these ‘orb’ like shapes before…the afternoon sun was strong and filtering in through the windows in shafts, but this misty effect was a surprise when I uploaded the pictures…

The Seventh Room

Absent But Not Forgotten will be manifesting at Abertoir Horror Film Festival this year! The project will be split between two spaces in Aberystwyth Arts Centre where the festival is held over 6 days. The Box will feature interview footage about the ghosts and stories of the area. The Studio will become an installation which uses sound and footage from our visits to Aberystwyth along with textiles and objects to create an immersive experience which explores the world of the paranormal, truth and fiction.

On Friday we spent the day with novelist Niall Griffiths who lives in the hills near Aberystwyth and wrote the guide book Real Aberystwyth. He very kindly took us to some of the significant locations in the area and seriously spooked us with the stories and legends that haunt the villages, mountains and woods.

We followed this with a visit to Nanteos Mansion, just outside Aberystwyth and chatted to caretaker Paul about his experiences and the stories that are linked to this Georgian house built in 1738 by William Powell. Paul is not convinced by the voracity of the traditional stories, but has had a few odd experiences in his 6 years at the property. He also told us some contemporary anecdotes about the ghost hunters that have visited to investigate Nanteos and caused more problems than the spooks they were looking for…