The Spectral Funeral at Penderlwyngoch Farm, Death Portents in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Llanwyddelan Wales
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Category: Death Portents
Sub Category: Spectral Funeral
Title: The Spectral Funeral at Penderlwyngoch Farm


While the Manchester and Milford Railway was in course of construction there was a large influx of people into Wales, and many a frugal farmer added to his incomings by lodging and boarding workmen engaged on the line. Several of these men were lodged at a farm called Penderlwyngoch, occupied by a man named Hughes.| One evening when the men were seated round the fire, which burned brightly, they heard the farm dogs bark, as they always did at the approach of strangers.  This aroused the attention of the men and they perceived from the furious barking of the dogs that someone was coming towards the house.  By and by they heard the tramp of feet, mingled with the howling of the frightened dogs. Then the dogs ceased barking, just as if they had slunk away in terror.  Before many minutes had elapsed the inmates heard the back door open and a number of people entered the house, carrying a heavy load resembling a dead man, which they deposited in the parlour and all at once the noise ceased.| The men in great dread struck a light and proceeded to the parlour to ascertain what had taken place.  But they could discover nothing there, neither were there any marks of feet in the room, nor could they find any footprints outside the house, but they saw the cowering dogs in the yard looking the picture of fright.  After this fruitless investigation of the cause of this dread sound, the Welsh people present only too well knew the cause of this visit.  On the very next day one of the men who sat by the fire was killed and his body was carried by his fellow-workmen to the farm house. In fact everything occurred as rehearsed the previous night. 


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