Bron Y Garth Hospital
Opened as a workhouse in 1839, Bron Y Garth was to accumulate a history so dark and traumatic, many claim it to be one of the most haunted places in Wales. This institution was originally built to hold 150 individuals, providing the poor, destitute and homeless with lodging in return for laborious work.
The terrible and harsh living conditions of the workhouse were the final resort for so many and it wouldn’t take long for entire families with young children, many of which were single mothers, to fill its buildings. Yet, with no separate hospital for the ill or adequate hygiene within the workhouse, disease would become prevalent. Criminals would also find a place at Bron Y Garth, filling her jail cells with men who would endure hard labor, forced to sleep on metal wire beds and break stone day in and day out.
From 1918, Bron Y Garth would also hold people who were mentally ill becoming an asylum of sorts until it was converted to a hospital in 1948 and later officially closing her doors in 2009. With the closure of the building, many objects from the hospital’s past were left behind, yet some say a number of spirits remain trapped too, with estimates that hundreds of deaths likely occurred within Bron Y Garth’s walls.
Ghosts of Bron Y Garth Hospital
Since the building has only recently been opened to paranormal investigators, there is still much to uncover about what areas of the building may be the most active. Although, a number of repeating ghost stories have been uncovered.
A young boy is said to haunt a hall leading to a former hospital care room where his father passed away. He is said to run, giggle and play in this area, making his way down the hallway and always ending up at one particular bed in the old hospital.
A nurse has been sighted by many- still making the rounds, a young girl is seemingly trapped in the old maternity and infant care rooms, and then there are the countless reports of the paranormal that have occurred all throughout the hospital.
Many people to visit have sighted shadow figures, heard disembodied voices or footsteps, people have been pushed or touched by unseen entities, while others have heard strange taps, witnessed doors slamming or heard childlike giggles echo through empty corridors.
Visiting the Haunted Bron Y Garth Hospital
Bron Y Garth Hospital is closed to the public, except for private or the occasionally planned paranormal investigation or ghost tour. The current owners are doing much work to renovate and save the building and there are some exciting plans for it coming in the future.
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