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ABERGLASNEY MANOR HOUSE
Carmarthenshire

 

 

HISTORY:

Aberglassney Manor House is situated in Carmarthenshire, and the house that we see today was built by Bishop Rudd in the mid 1600's.

The origins of Aberglassney are shrouded in mystery and myths which have grown over the years.

The old genealogies show ten generations of Welshmen before the arrival of Bishop Rudd.

In the 13 th century Gruffydd ab Elidir and his son Owain resided at the property.

Half a century later came Llewelyn ap Llewelyn Ddu.

In the1470's the owner was William ap Thomas.

The next owners were three generations of the Thomas family including, Captain William Thomas, who was killed in Zutphen in 1586.

It is believed Sir William and his wife Gaenor sold the property to Bishop Rudd, who rebuilt the house.

The Bishop's son, Sir Rice Rudd was a favourite of James I, married well but received heavy fines for his Royalist sympathies during the Civil War.

In 1664, Sir Rice was succeeded by his grandson, the second Sir Rice.

In 1710 the house was sold to Robert Dyer.

Robert Dyer only lived in the house for ten years before he died in 1720, passing the house onto his eldest son, who was also named Robert and married to Frances Croft of Croft Castle.

In 1752, Robert Dyer and Frances Croft's son, Robert Archer Dyer, inherited the house. Both he and his brother married Herbert sisters.

Robert Archer Dyer and his son, William Herbert Dyer, both struggled financially and in 1798, Aberglassney was put up for sale.

In 1803, Thomas Phillips, who had served as a surgeon with the East India Company for 30 years, bought Aberglassney. He died in 1824, and as he had no children, his estate was left to his nephew John Walters who then took on the surname of Phillips.

John Walters Phillips had 4 children, his son had died in infancy, his daughters, grown up and married became, Mrs Harries, Mrs Lloyd-Phillips and the middle daughter married John Pugh Pryse, and had 1 daughter, Marianne, before Mrs Pryse died at a young age.

After the death of his wife, John Pugh Pryse remarried. His second wife being, Decima Dorothea Rice.

In 1872, Marianne married Charles Mayhew, a soldier, and they spent most of their married life living in Derbyshire. Aberglassney was rented at this time.

The couple returned to Aberglassney in 1902 on Charles' retirement, yet only spent 5 years together with Charles dying suddenly in 1907 after having caught a cold.

Marianne only spent a year at Aberglassney after the death of her husband before moving to London where she spent the last 30 years of her life.

Aberglassney was cared for by relatives and caretakers until 1939 when Marianne died, passing the property to Eric Evans, who was related through her fathers second marriage.

Eric only lived at Aberglassney for a short time. He died at the age of 30 in 1950, leaving a wife and young son. His son's Trustees decided to sell Aberglassney and in 1955 the house was bought by David Charles. With the estate having been split, the land was acquired by several tenant farmers.

The house was again sold in 1977, yet the new owners found it impossible to restore the house which had suffered years of neglect.

1995 saw the start of The Aberglassney Restoration Trust where restoration work began on the house and gardens.

HAUNTINGS:

Figures, dark shadows, unexplained knocks and bangs have all been witnessed by staff and visitors.

It is believed Thomas Phillips has haunted the house ever since his death in 1824. It is thought he is responsible for the heavy footsteps heard when there are no visitors present.

A family of a mother, father and daughter have been witnessed walking from the house into the gardens, sometimes sitting for a while in the gardens.

Five flickering lights have been witnessed in one particular room by many staff and visitors. The lights are believed to be connected to five maids who had died through asphyxiation after a charcoal stove was left burning throughout the night as they slept.

Pigeon Wood, which is situated behind the property, is where many visitors have reported feeling very uneasy. Approaching the edge of the words has the feeling of ‘coldness' and ‘fear'.

It is believed a young man who was trying to evade capture, was actually caught at this point of the woods and killed by a gun shot, although the identity of this young man is not known.

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