Oxwich

Probably taking its name from the Scandinavian axwick, meaning water creek, Oxwich is a small seaside village skirting the western fringe of a 4km sweep of sandy bay.

Once a port, exporting limestone quarried from the headland of Oxwich Point; the village is now a quiet hamlet, only really coming alive during the summer months when hoards of tourists flock to the areas numerous holiday and caravan parks.

Despite these new features, Oxwich retains it anachronistic character - a result of the village's location laying a good distance from any main road or thoroughfare.

The medieval church and castle still dominate here as do the fine cottages that once housed the local quarry men.  One cottage in particular has gained fame for being the place the founder Methodist minister, John Wesley once stayed in 1764. He was so impressed with Oxwich that he returned again in later years and wrote of Gower as a whole in his Journal:

Gower is a large tract of land, bounded by Brecknockshire on the north-east, the sea on the south-west, and rivers on the other side. Here all the people talk English, and are in general the most plain, loving people in Wales. It is, therefore, no wonder that they receive 'the word with all readiness of mind'.

- John Wesley.

With much of its countryside now being protected by its classification as a National Nature Reserve, it is hoped that the timeless appeal offered by the village will continue to delight many generations to come.

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