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Historical Facts

Some Historical and Archaeological attractions of Gower…

  1. Oystermouth castle, recently opened medieval ruined castle, Mumbles
  2. All Saints, Oystermouth, medieval church on site of Roman Villa, Roman mosaic on display inside church
  3. Swansea Museum (1835) – Wales’s oldest museum, lots of Gower archeological finds, plus information about Gower
  4. Mumbles Head: 18th century lighthouse, mid 19th century artillery battery called ‘Palmerston’s Folly’ (accesible at low tide).
  5. Bishopston, St Teilo, small 13th century church
  6. Caswell valley, ruined menieval chapel of Peter’s Well
  7. Southgate, Pennard Castle, small ruined medieval castle
  8. Parkmill, Green Cwm, well restored prehistoric Long Barrow
  9. Parkmill, behind Gower Inn, ruins of medieval Trinity Chapel used Wales’s earliest Baptist chapel in 1649
  10. Reynoldston, Cefn Bryn, Hilltop prehistoric dolmen or cromlech or Arthur’s Stone
  11. Reynoldston, St George’s Church, small medieval church with mehirs etc moved inside from nearby fields
  12. Oxwich, Oxwich Castle, ruined medieval castle with non-ruined wing used as local history museum. Car park, plenty of information on local history
  13. Oxwich Church, fine medival church on the beach, good medieval effigy
  14. Penrice Castle, medieval ruined castle in private hands: visible only from signposted right of way footpath across private park. Still owned by decendants of the of the original builders
  15. Port Eynon. Salthouse, ruins of 16th century salt stores
  16. Port Eynon cliffs – Culver Hole, cave blocked in 16th century for dovecote
  17. Paviland Cave, beyond Port Eynon. Cave excavated 1823, earliest remains of human beings in British Isles. Accessible only at low tide
  18. Rhosilli Church. Excellent monument to Petty Officer Evans of Scott Expedition South Pole 1910
  19. Rhosilli Down, prehistoric long barrows called Sweyns Houses
  20. Rhosilli Bay, Burry Holms Island, ruins of medieval monastery. Accessible at low tide
  21. Llanmadoc, Whitford Point, Whitford Lighthouse. Abandoned iron lighthouse of 19th century. Accessible only at very low tide
  22. Cheriton, St Cadoc parish church, Gower’s best church, fine early medieval cruciform church
  23. Landimore, Landimore castle, small unexcavated medieval ruined castle on bluff overlooking the marshes
  24. Weobley, Weobley castle, splendid late medieval fortified manor house, with plenty of information on local history in non-ruined hall of castle
  25. Llanrhidian, small medieval parish church with fine tower, two early medieval stone crosses on village green in front of church
  26. Loughor, Loughor Castle, small ruined Norman castle inside remains of roman fort of Leucarum, overlooking North gower marshes and Burry estuary

Historical and archeological facts supplied by…
Prof. Prys Morgan, Bishopston