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Nant y Ffrith Phantom Army


The village of Bwlchgwyn is the highest in Wales and it was near here in the Nant y Ffrith Valley that a phantom army was reported in September 1602 by Robert Parry. 'About this tyme was seene about Nant y ffrith between Trethyn and Wrexham in the edge of the eveninge to the nomber of 2 or 3 thousande men armed men a hors backe with banners displayed marchinge in warlike manner where as indeed there was no such thinge but some apparition or forewarninge of liklyhoode. And yet that was verified by 8 or ix.en persons some of them of credyte that all ioyntly saw the same.'

Although Parry does not describe the soldiers in the above account, they have since been thought by some to be Romans, though I don't know whether there is an reason to believe this is true or not, though there is evidence of Roman occupation in the valley.


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