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- From The Cambrian 10th September 1880
LLANGENNITH, GOWER. TO THE EDITOR OF THE CAMBRIAN.
" SIR,-I see several correspondents have recently been calling attention in your columns to the beauties of Gower, and the last has been dreaming over a railway and gas works at Porteynon all I can say is, that I hope he will live to see the work accomplished, as by the one we shall be taken down quickly, and by the other we shall be able to move about comfortably. Let me ask any visitor to take a trip to the more central part of Gower—Llangennith—which lies cradled between the everlasting hills of Rhossilly, Llanmadock, and Hardingsdown -a village which, I should say, from its situation is a snug little place in winter. It makes no difference whether he is a nonconformist or a churchman, there are in the place two chapels and a church, with services every Sunday and a daily delivery of letters. I must ask the "Visitor" to ramble to the top of the hill till he gets above Bruffin Bay and then look about. There's the majestic Worm's Head standing proudly in water—there's Rhossilly Bay and its golden sands- Burry Island and its ruined Church. Tenby looks only just across the river, and Llanstephan and Ferryside and the coast right up to Llanelly is a fine stretch of scenery. No dreaming about beauty; go to Llangennith and view the scene for yourself. Llangennith is only about 15 miles from Swansea. There is the walk at low water over Rhossilly Sands (that abounds with strange tales of the sea) the rugged old Island by the Three Chimneys, Blue Pool, &c., &c., Bruffin Bay, is bold, precipitous, wild, and grand. Here's the spot for aquarium lovers to gather the flowers of the sea-here are anemonies of all sizes and colours luxuriating, for they are only comeatable at spring tides and here is wild grandeur that will well repay any one to visit. Why go to distant places to see inferior scenery ? Let the "Visitor" take a seat in one of the many conveyances that run to Gower, and I be bound to say he will never forget it; the country now looks grand and varied. Come home by way of Llanmadoc, through Cheriton, by Weobley Castle, and if that will not satisfy the "Visitor" that Gower has unrivalled claims, let me differ from him and sign myself
A VISITOR TO LLANGENNITH. N.B.-What is wanted in Gower is good Hotels or decent Private Lodgings.
- From The Cambrian 8th April 1881
LLANGENNITH CHURCH. TO THE EDITOR OF THE CAMBRIAN.
" SIR,-My attention was recently drawn to the dilapidated condition of the above structure. The Church, the tower, and the yard wall are most frightfully out of repair, -in fact it looks little better than a deserted ruins, much to the discredit of the wealthy Church people connected with it. Although a Dissenter I don't like to see the Church of our forefathers in such a ridiculous state. To confirm what I have said I may mention that a certain farmer in the parish of Port- Eynon, who lately passed through the village of Llangennith, and seeing a gap in the Church-yard wall, said, "My grandfather and grandmother are buried here, I should not like the pigs to go in and tare up their remains," and forthwith deposited ten shillings in the hand of a certain person to build up the gap. My informant said " I wish a hundred such men would frequently pass through the village" .
Yours truly, A LLANGENNITH ADMIRER. Gower, April 5th. 1881.