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Myths and Legends
St Catwg's Church, Llangattock
© Llangattock Community Council
Your Story: Ghosts and Superstitions in Llangattock

It is important to remember in connection with this subject that until the beginning of the 20th Century, many people in Llangattock would have a knowledge of Welsh. Until 1896 services in Welsh were held regularly in the parish church.

Older inhabitants firmly believed in witchcraft – witches (gwrach y rhibyn) were held responsible for every evil, including the blighting of crops, the raising of storms, the prevention of childbirth, epileptic fits and the parting of lovers. Black Dogs (cwn annwn) terrorised people walking the short stretch of road between the Llangynidr and Dardy roads and the Beaufort Road between the village and the mountain. The Black Dogs were believed to be witches or the Dogs of Hell – The Devil. More...

Words: John Short

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