Llandegla Spirit

The tale of this Spirit was given me by Mr. Roberts, late Schoolmaster of

Llandegla. A small river runs close to the secluded village of

Llandegla, and in this mountain stream under a huge stone lies a wicked

Ghost. The tale is as follows:--

The old Rectory at Llandegla was haunted; the Spirit was very

troublesome; no peace was to be got because of it; every night it was at

its work. A person of the name of Griffiths, who lived at Graianrhyd,

was sent for to lay the Ghost. He came to the Rectory, but the Spirit

could not be overcome. It is true Griffiths saw it, but in such a form

that he could not approach it; night after night, the Spirit appeared in

various forms, but still the conjurer was unable to master it. At last

it came to the wise man in the form of a fly, which Griffiths immediately

captured, and placed in a small box. This box he buried under a large

stone in the river, just below the bridge, near the Llandegla Mills, and

there the Spirit is to remain until a certain tree, which grows by the

bridge, reaches the height of the parapet, and then, when this takes

place, the Spirit shall have power to regain his liberty. To prevent

this tree from growing, the school children, even to this day, nip the

upper branches, and thus retard its upward growth. Mr. Roberts received

the story I have given, from the old Parish Clerk, John Jones the weaver,

who died a few years ago.

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