The Hauntings of Craig-Y-Nos Castle in Wales
By Claire Barrand
Craig Y Nos Castle which in Welsh, means ‘Rock of the Night,' Maintains a reputation as the Most Haunted Castle in Wales, having been visited by "Most Haunted," alongside numerous other TV shows which have also filmed at the castle. My sister Linzi and I have investigated this location together twice and have not been disappointed, in fact, we would have to say this location is in our top three for paranormal activity!
The Early Years
The history itself is epic enough to inspire a Hollywood feature film. The story begins in 1840 when the neo-gothic castle, set beside the River Tawe on the edge of the breathtaking Brecon Beacons, was built by an ambitious Captain Rice Davies. Using local limestone to form the impressive structure he got carried away with turrets and pyramids and ran out of money being unable to complete the north wing before moving in in 1843 to begin his life as a country gentleman.
Davies became a county magistrate and a High Sheriff of Brecknock. However, rumours of a curse on the family spread as misfortune fell upon the family when his younger son died of cholera in 1851, and he lost both his wife and his daughter to illness before he died in 1862.
Two years later, his Davies son died in a hunting accident on the Isle of Wight. Sarah, the eldest daughter, and her husband Captain Allaway lived at the castle after his death, until disaster struck once more and the Captain also died a few years later. His widow relocated to Tenby, and the property sold in 1875-76, purchased by the Morgan family of Abercrave for £6000.
The Adelina Patti Years
In 1878, the castle and its setting attracted the attentions of the leading opera star of that day Italian Adelina Patti, who announced that she had found the home of her dreams and an offer of £3500 accepted for the castle and surrounding parkland.
A demanding soprano with a colourful private life, she was said to have had numerous affairs including one with the tenor Mario. The prima donna was the at the peak of her spectacular career and desired to spend the rest of her life at Craig-y-nos. She built an incredible private theatre which held 150 people in which she entertained her