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The History of the Parc Hotel

The History of the Parc hotel

 The Gladstone villa property was named after the former liberal prime minister William Gladstone, he died in 1898.  Gladstone villa dates back to 1900 and was located in Cardiff road, Bargoed, a former mining town in the South Wales valleys.

The is a prequel to the story  ” The Ghost of Gladstone villa” by Andrew Dexter

Introduction

Henry Jones and his family lived there during the first world war, they were a family of 14 and the property was big enough to accommodate them.

Henry’s son Albert was taken prisoner in Germany but was released in 1917.

Michael and Evelyn Kimmiett were married in 1923 and they lived at Gladstone villa in the 1920’s, their son Elvin Rowland’s Kimmiet died there on Thursday the 29 of May 1924, he was just four months old.

His funeral took place on Monday the 2 June 1924,  it was a strictly private affair, as stated in the Cardiff newspaper ”The Western Mail” of that year.

The Williams family lived there in the 1940’s,  Hugh and his wife Gwen, their son Robert was born at the property on 8th March 1946, they moved to the Grove in 1950.

The Mills family lived at Gladstone villa at some point, Edgar Mills claimed more than once that it was haunted, telling his son Kevin that it was a creepy place !

Edgar would tell the tale that he heard rhythmic tapping on the door and they would go and investigate !

My Paranormal Experiences

My family moved to Gladstone villa in 1960, from Frances street, Bill and his wife Rita with their only daughter Caroline, my mother and maternal grandparents.

After leaving Bargoed north school she got a job at the bake house in Baldwin street Bargoed, this is where she met my father Douglas Dexter, they married in April 1968.

My family never made any claims Gladstone villa was haunted until I was born in 1969.

It all started off with minor taps until it developed into full scale typical poltergeist activity, lights going off and on, electrical cables being pulled, the occasional but rare sightings, my mother claimed to have seen the full solid figure of a monk !

This went on for nine years solid, from 1969 to the Summer of 1978, that’s when we moved out and gained normality, and the Gladstone villa was converted into a small hotel.

It took me some time to do the research at the local library but I discovered that Evelyn Kimmiet died in 1970,…soon after I was born ! maybe she returned as a spirit and thought I was her son !

Many years later a couple of mediums claimed they picked up the spirit of a monk and and old lady, maybe this is Mrs Kimiett still looking for her son.