Llangennith

The remote village of Llangennith, little served by local transport and now mainly the haunt of surfers, was once the liveliest and most notorious village on the Gower Peninsula. Weaving, music-making, prize-fighting and cock-fighting were all prevalent here and most people in the village were connected to smuggling in some form or another. Always first on the scene of any local shipwreck, especially on Rhossili Bay, the village seemed to be in perpetual feud with their neighbours over any booty that might have found itself wrecked along the shorelines here.

Life in such a remote area as Llangennith produced an independent, perhaps arrogant people who considered themselves apart, not only from the rest of the peninsula, but from the rest of Britain as well. During World War I, when the government decided to introduce the daylight saving measure of putting clocks forward an hour during summer months, the villagers here had to hold a public meeting to vote whether they should follow suit. The outcome was that they should, but only on a one month trial.

Up until fairly recent history, Llangennith used to hold the 'Mapsant' - a three day celebration commencing each July 5th, St. Cennydd's Day. Lighting a huge bonfire, people from all over Gower would gather to dance around its flames, singing and dancing and drinking 'white pot' - a local drink of flour, milk, currants and other ingredients boiled together in commemoration of the milk that nurtured St. Cennydd from his 'titty bell'.

Near the village, some 600 metres from the church, stands the ruined medieval village of Coety Green. Now abandoned and overgrown, the remains of at least six houses can be seen scattered around the green.

Coety Green

The Gower Nightingale, Phil Tanner, the famed singer who spent many an hour outside the King's Head public house practicing his art, is buried in the churchyard as well as St. Cennydd himself, whose remains are believed to lay somewhere beneath the church foundations.

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