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Llangennith

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"A village on the west verge of Gower, once the site of a monastry. On Harding Down are some earthworks." [Glamorganshire, 1911]

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Bibliography

Here is a substantial reading list of books which relate to Glamorgan, either county or parish.

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Cemeteries

The Glamorgan Family History Society have produced a set of microfiche containing Monumental Inscriptions for the following burial grounds :-

  • Parish Church of St. Cennydd

Visit their website for information on how to purchase.

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Church History

Chapels Database  - a  list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the parish

A view of Llangennith Church. - on the People's Collection Wales site

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Church Records

For full and up-to-date details of their holdings see the sites of Glamorgan Record Office and/or West Glamorgan Archives

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

The church is dedicated to St. Cenydd, is in the Benefice of Reynoldston with Penrice with Llangennith, and the diocese of Swansea and Brecon. Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be located at grid reference SS429913.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1726-1812 1754-1807, 1813-1971 1742-1971 - 1671, 1673, 1677-1679, 1682-1683, 1686-1689, 1691, 1693-1694, 1696-1697, 1700-1701, 1704, 1707-1708, 1710-1711, 1713, 1725, 1727-1737, 1739, 1741, 1743-1795, 1797-1800, 1802-1803, 1809-1831, 1833-1846, 1848-1851, 1853, 1855-1882, 1885, 1887-1896, 1898-1899
(At the National Library of Wales)

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Llangennith Ecclesiastical Parish Records               "Registers (including service and banns registers) 1726-1993; Churchwardens' accounts and Vestry minutes 1844-1918; faculties and church restoration papers 1875-1958; tithe documents c. 1840 and 1923-1929."
Non Conformist Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Wesleyan 1864-1913 - - SS 42759174

The following Religious Institutions are covered in the Mormon International Genealogical Index (IGI) :-

  • Llangennith, Bethesda Calvinistic Methodist (Burry Green) - Christenings, 1815-1861
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Description and Travel

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Various landscapes/seascapes
  • Aerial photograph of Iron Age hill fort on Hardings Down, Llangennith 1988

You can see pictures of Llangennith which are provided by:

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Directories

Transcript of complete name listing for the Gower parishes, from Slaters Directory for 1880.

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Gazetteers

The transcription of the section for Llangennith from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

Descriptions of parish
A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.
A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Llangennith to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.

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Historical Geography

Some of the hamlets, towns and villages within this parish

  • Broughton Burrows
  • Broughton Bay
  • Burry

You can see the administrative areas in which Llangennith has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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History

The first motor bus to Llangennith, 1910 - on the People's Collection Wales site

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Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Llangennith parish as shown on the online parish map from the CD of Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. (Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.). (Extracted by Mary Greatorex)

  • Llangennith (33): Bluepool Corner, Broughton Burrows, Burrygreen, Burry Holms, Camps, Carns, Cockstreet, Coety Green, Delvid, Diles Lake, Druids Lodge, Druids Moor, Foxhole Point, Hardingsdown, Hardings Down, Hillend, Hillend Burrows, Kennexstone, Llangennith, Llangennith Burrows, Llangennith Moors, Llanmadog Hill, Longstone, Mill, Minor Point, Penmynydd, Spaniard Rocks, Tankeylake Moor, The Bulwark, Twlc Point, White Moor
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Newspapers

There are many references to this area in the 15 million Welsh and English language articles from Welsh newspapers transcribed by the NLW and viewable on Welsh Newspapers Online
Below are English language articles that have been re-transcribed and extracted randomly to illustrate what is available, there are many that are not extracted here that include names of local people

  • 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.

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Population

The Population of Llangennith was as follows, and a more detailed breakdown is available.

1841 - 436 1851 - 398 1861 - 384 1871 - 360 1881 - 292 1891 - 298
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Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Llangennith Parish Council Records            "Records of Llangennith Parish Council and Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton Community Council, 1847-2000, including minute books, 1920-2000; financial records, 1920-1925; tithe plan and apportionment, 1847."
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Social life and Customs

Mary Jane Lewis carrying water from the well, Llangennith, Gower, 1924. - on the People's Collection Wales site