Paranormal encounter at 12th century Welsh abbey spooks teenager

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Teenager is spooked after snapping a ‘ghostly apparition of a monk’ while out exploring 12th century abbey in the middle of the night

  • Urban explorer Rosie Boulton, 19, captured the ‘ghost monk’ at Tintern Abbey
  • The Welsh Abbey, in Monmouthshire, Wales is a hot spot for paranormal activity 
  • Pictures show the hooded monk facing the camera from the front of the abbey

Leigh Mcmanus For Mailonline

A ghostly sighting of a ‘phantom monk’ has been caught on a teenager’s camera while she was exploring a Welsh abbey at night.

Urban explorer Rosie Boulton, 19, had seen ‘ghostly orbs’ before, but nothing like what she discovered at Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire, Wales.

Rosie and several friends say they have always been fascinated by the paranormal and visit several haunted hot spots per week. 

The hooded monk (pictured) has gone down in local folklore as a reappearing reminder of the paranormal activity at Tintern Abbey in Monmothshire, Wales

The hooded monk (pictured) has gone down in local folklore as a reappearing reminder of the paranormal activity at Tintern Abbey in Monmothshire, Wales

The hooded monk (pictured) has gone down in local folklore as a reappearing reminder of the paranormal activity at Tintern Abbey in Monmothshire, Wales

Paranormal enthusiast Rosie Boulton (pictured) said she didn't see the ghostly figure until she got home and looked at the pictures she took from the night exploring the spooky abbey

Paranormal enthusiast Rosie Boulton (pictured) said she didn't see the ghostly figure until she got home and looked at the pictures she took from the night exploring the spooky abbey

Paranormal enthusiast Rosie Boulton (pictured) said she didn’t see the ghostly figure until she got home and looked at the pictures she took from the night exploring the spooky abbey

Whist photographing Tintern Abbey at night, Rosie and friends didn’t find anything unusual, apart from feeling creeped out whilst at the location.

However, when the 19-year-old returned home and looked at the images, she spotted the ghostly figure her camera had captured.

The hooded figure can be seen in the photographs standing in front of the ruins.

Rosie said the photos freaked her out and she called her friends immediately to tell them about the ghostly figure (pictured). The 19-year-old added that she can't wait to return to the abbey

Rosie said the photos freaked her out and she called her friends immediately to tell them about the ghostly figure (pictured). The 19-year-old added that she can't wait to return to the abbey

Rosie said the photos freaked her out and she called her friends immediately to tell them about the ghostly figure (pictured). The 19-year-old added that she can’t wait to return to the abbey

Local legend in Tintern has it that the spooky apparition is a monk who betrayed the doomed King Edward II to his enemies when he was hiding out in the Abbey in the 1300s.

Having always believed in ghosts and the paranormal, Rosie couldn’t believe her luck and said can’t wait to go back to the abbey.

Rosie, from Stanford Bridge, Worcs, said: ‘I get an adrenaline rush, especially when it’s dark because it sets that eerie vibe.

‘I felt okay at the beginning but it was a huge place which made it feel a little more spooky.

The current ruins at the abbey (pictured) are a mixture of building works from 1131 to 1536, with little remaining of the first buildings. It still boasts vast windows and soaring archways

The current ruins at the abbey (pictured) are a mixture of building works from 1131 to 1536, with little remaining of the first buildings. It still boasts vast windows and soaring archways

The current ruins at the abbey (pictured) are a mixture of building works from 1131 to 1536, with little remaining of the first buildings. It still boasts vast windows and soaring archways

The current ruins at the abbey (pictured) are a mixture of building works from 1131 to 1536, with little remaining of the first buildings. It still boasts vast windows and soaring archways

The current ruins at the abbey (pictured) are a mixture of building works from 1131 to 1536, with little remaining of the first buildings. It still boasts vast windows and soaring archways

‘You’re not supposed to go there at night. We felt like someone was coming towards us so we all ran out as we were scared.

‘I didn’t know about the ghost of the monk until I got home and looked back at the pictures.

‘I was on my own going through the photos and it just freaked me out. I called my friends and told her about the photos straight away.’

Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire, stands by the River Wye and it was founded by the Cistercian monks in 1131 AD and was the only the second Cistercian foundation in Britain – the first in Wales.

Rosie pictured posing outside Tintern Abbey. It is believed the abbey's monks died during the Black Death in 1348 and continue to haunt its premises and nearby medieval burial grounds

Rosie pictured posing outside Tintern Abbey. It is believed the abbey's monks died during the Black Death in 1348 and continue to haunt its premises and nearby medieval burial grounds

Rosie pictured posing outside Tintern Abbey. It is believed the abbey’s monks died during the Black Death in 1348 and continue to haunt its premises and nearby medieval burial grounds

The current ruins are a mixture of building works from 1131 to 1536, with little remaining of the first buildings. It still boasts vast windows and soaring archways.

There have been many ghostly sightings of monks and other spiritual entities in the abbey.

In his book, ‘South Wales Ghost Stories’, Richard Holland claims that the Abbey which is near Chepstow is haunted by several phantom monks. 

He writes: ‘The monk has been seen in the main entrance making his way towards a spot where the Abbey church once stood and also in an open area bordering the River Clydach, the site of the medieval burial ground.’

The Black Death in 1348 saw many of the real life monks perish, and some claim to see their spirits within the halls of the abbey, lined up and holding torches.

Rosie’s experience has only piqued her interest in ghosts further, she added: ‘I want to visit more eerie ruins, like abandoned churches.’ 

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