Llantrisant was built on violence and rebellion, but can the stonework of its age-old buildings absorb the terror of the past to terrify the living? From witches and spirits to murders and plagues, this volume of more than fifty blood-curdling stories tells the dark and grisly history of an ancient Welsh hilltop town.

Age-old tales of pagan sacrifice, druids, blood-drenched altar stones and witchcraft are unearthed for the first time. Hear of soldiers slaughtered in the castle, the doomed king imprisoned in its foul dungeon and how the troubled souls of executed criminals haunt the site of the deathly gallows. Learn about the legendary longbowmen who returned victorious from battle only to die horrifically from the Black Death in a town where the souls of plague victims still cast a shadow.

The spirits of those whose lives were snatched so violently continue to ensure their gruesome presence is  felt in the low-lit cobbled streets of Llantrisant.



Beddau Rugby Football Club has flown the flag of community sport with distinction for 125 glorious years. During that time they have scaled the peaks of rugby history, claimed an enviable amount of silverware and produced some truly world ­famous players.

This is a remarkable tribute to a club that has flourished throughout the decades in an ever -changing world. Beddau RFC has witnessed unimaginable developments in industry, housing and population across the region. As one of the few constants in the village, the role Beddau RFC has played within its own community is incomprehensible.

The Club has trained and produced scores of exceptional players and teams, bringing glory to the proud village it represents. It has also played a pivotal role as a centre for the community, offering a range of facilities, festivities, events and activities for all ages to enjoy. This is the story of a close-­knit village rugby club and explores its triumphs and tragedies.

Edited and designed by Dean Powell