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Port Eynon - Gazetteers

Extract from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis

"PORT-EYNON (PORTH-EINION), a parish in the hundred of SWANSEA, county of GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES, 15 miles (W. S. W.) from Swansea, containing 368 inhabitants.

It is situated on the Bristol channel, and is enclosed and in a good state of cultivation : the village, which occupies a pleasant situation on the west, forms a pleasing feature in the picturesque scenery with which the environs abound. There is an extensive oyster fishery on the coast, which, with the exportation of its produce, affords a lucrative employment during the season to a large proportion of the inhabitants. There are from fifteen to twenty vessels, varying in burden from thirty to sixty tons, engaged in this and the limestone trade, the oysters, when obtained in sufficient quantity, being shipped off to Bristol.

The parish abounds with limestone, which is procured in large quantities for exportation, and also for the supply of the neighbouring districts. On that which is exported a toll of two-pence per ton, called " cliffage," is paid to the lord of the manor, and frequently amounts to £40 per month.

The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Carmarthen, and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at £9. 5. 10., and in the patronage of the King, as Prince of Wales. The church is dedicated to St. Cadocus.

Mr. John Clement, in 1784, bequeathed the sum of £ 14. 9. 6., directing the interest to be laid out in bread for distribution among the poor of this parish not receiving parochial relief. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to £ 62. 13."

Port Eynon - Lewis 1833 [Last Updated : 17 Oct 2002 - Gareth Hicks]