Echoes of a centuries-old murder

A scene of murder, Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire

Many peculiar and unsettling reports of ghostly activity have come out of Newton House in Camarthenshire. The 17th century building enveloped by a Victorian façade is set in an extensive landscape park.

In the 1980s a TV crew stayed overnight at this lonely property.

Their aim was to try and capture some evidence to support the many stories of ghosts and strange happenings at the property.

Strangled

Although they were unable to record anything, at one point a cameraman swears that he felt an invisible pair of hands squeezing his throat.

On other occasions staff members have reported hearing muffled voices when they know that they are alone. Lights switch on and off when the house is empty and locked up.

There are also a number of mysterious ‘cold spots’. And from time to time there is the unmistakable aroma of pipe or cigar smoke where no-one is smoking.

Murder most foul

One possible source of all this paranormal activity is the murder of Lady Elinor Cavendish.

Lady Elinor was the cousin or sister of the lady of the house in the 1720s. She was forced to marry a man she didn’t love. Their marriage was a disaster and eventually she ran away from him to seek refuge with her family at Dinefwr.

But her enraged suitor followed, burst into the house and strangled her to death – in the very room where the cameraman felt hands around his throat.