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Plas Teg 'has more than its fair share of ghostly goings-on'

AFTER 400 years of occupation, Plas Teg has seen more than its fair share of drama and violence and, unsurprisingly over the years, tales of ghostly activities abounds.

In the 17th century Dorothy, the 16-year-old daughter of Sir John Trevor I fell in love with Iorwerth, the son of a local farmer. Against her parent’s wishes they agreed to marry and planned to run away together.

In preparation she buried her jewels in the garden near a well. One night, while looking for the jewels, she slipped and fell headfirst into the well where she drowned.

Her body was discovered two months later but the jewels were missing. Iorwerth, heartbroken and worried he would be accused of her murder, hanged himself.

The ghosts of Dorothy and Iorwerth have been seen wandering the grounds of Plas Teg, Dorothy looking for her jewels, Iorwerth for his lost lover.

Two centuries later in 1815, Elizabeth Frances Trevor Roper also died suddenly aged 16. The story states she was loved by two suitors, both sons of neighbouring families.

Elizabeth preferred one over the other and went riding with him where they were followed by his rival. A fight ensued and Elizabeth’s favourite was killed. His killer tried to claim her hand, but she refused and fled back to the house pursued by him.

She ran to her room, grabbed her jewels and ran to the well, where, rather then submit to him, she threw herself down the well and drowned.

Over the years there have been accounts of phantom wails heard throughout the house as a running woman clutching a box is pursued by a man with a bloody wound on his shoulder.

In the mid-18th century John Trevor V is said to have discovered his wife having an affair. She was soon found dead in suspicious circumstances. Full of guilt John drove his horse and carriage drunkenly at high speed through the grounds of Plas Teg where he hit a tree. He spent a month dying an agonising lingering death. His cries and screams can still be heard echoing around the house and grounds.

During the 17th century the house was used by a travelling district judge to hear local criminal cases. Convicted felons were led to the ‘hanging room’ where they had ropes tied around their necks and were dropped through a trap door into the cellar. Young boys were employed to pull on their legs to hasten their death.

When current owner Cornelia removed an old oak beam from the room she found several deep rope marks embedded in it.

The majority of Plas Teg’s rooms have ghost stories associated with them. There are regular paranormal investigation evenings on Saturday nights from 8.45pm-3am. Visit www.plasteg.com or call 01352 771335 for more information.

Plas Teg is also open for guided tours on Sundays and bank holiday Mondays.

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