Llangernyw, Conwy, Wales

The Llangernyw Yew Tree

Llangernyw Church

Sources state that every Halloween, a spirit called Angelystor (translated means “Recording Angel”) appears at the church on the stroke of midnight. His visit would be a solemn one, where he will announce all those in the parish who are to die in that coming year. The author, Richard Holland, recounts a tale involving one disbelieving sailor and his encounter with this ghost.


In 1891, a young couple walking in the area of the Chwythlyn lake became lost in fog, so they sheltered in the tree line next to the edge of the lake. After a little time, they began to hear the sounds of a battle all around them - men’s screams, the clash of weapons, chariot wheels and drums - yet nothing was actually seen. It is said that the experience lasted for over an hour, and left the young people extremely shocked. As soon as the fog lifted they made their way home and recounted the experience.


According to reports, a few months later, the bodies of the the couple were found floating in Chwythlyn Lake. Coincidence, or something more disturbing? According to author Richard Holland, the mystery has never been solved. The area around the lake has provided some interesting archaeological finds that have been dated back to the Roman era. These have included weapons.


Visitor Information

Llangernyw is a rural, mostly Welsh-speaking, village and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales.

The village lies on the A548 between Llanrwst and Llanfair Talhaiarn, at the point where the Afon Cledwen, a tributary of the Afon Elwy, is crossed by the main road.

Pictured is the Llangernyw Yew (which is reported to be 4,000 years old) courtesy of Stemonitis. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.