"PORTH EINION, in the Cwmwd of Gwyr, Cantref of Eginog (now called the Hundred of Swansea), County of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Rectory valued in the King's Books at £9..5..10. Patron, The Lord Chancellor: Church dedicated to St. Catwg. The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 257. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was £42..19..3, at l0s. 6d. in the pound. It is 16 m. W. b. S. from Swansea. This Parish contains about 1020 acres of inclosed and cultivated Land. It is situate on the Bristol Channel: and is a rural, and pleasing village. This Place is celebrated for its Oyster fishery, and employs about Twenty Boats, manned with four men each, during the season: the Oysters, on their return from dredging, are thrown within low water Mark upon beds which are pointed out by buoys: and when a sufficient quantity is got together, they are shipped off to Bristol. The Lime-stone trade is also carried on here. Near the end of the Western point of this Bay, stands a House, known by the Name of The Salt House, where, it is said, salt was formerly made. On the West side of Porth Einion Point is a singular piece of Masonry on the side of a Rock, fronting the Sea: Tradition says, that it was built by a Person whose Name is unknown, as a Pigeon-House, and where numbers of them were kept : it is dangerous of access, but many persons, fond of exploring, have ventured to it. According to the Diocesan Re- port, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Glebe, and Tythes, was £139..3..0. "
From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.