Weobley Castle sits high up on an escarpment in North Gower commanding exellent views over the saltmarshes of the lougher estuary. It was built by the De la Bere family in the early 14th Century and despite its name, the Castle served more as a fortified manor house rather than a defensive castle.
The remains are well-preserved and a joy to see. As you walk around you can get a feel for the owners' over-riding desire for creature comforts. Domestic necessities such as a fine hall with fireplace, private rooms, sizeable guest chamber and numerous "garderobes" or toilets can be seen, along with decorative windows which demonstrates the de la Bere's regard for elegance and good craftsmanship as well as convenience.
In the late 15th century Weobley came into the ownership of the powerful Sir Rhys ap Thomas, ally of Henry VII. He further upgraded the house, improving the entrance to the hall and private apartments by the addition of a new two-storey porch block.
There is a lovely exhibition in one of the rooms which not only gives lots of useful information on the Castle but also tells of the History on Gower and the other Ancient Monuments which can be found there.
Admission price is 2.70 per adults with concessions available. Tickets are to be bought from the nearby farmhouse where giftbooks are also available.
Don't miss the stunning views of the Estuary!!
This Porteynon village church was founded during the 6th century by St. Cattwg's missionary to Gower, St. Cennydd. The present building dates from the 12th century and was given to the Knights of St. John by Robert de la Mare around 1165. The doorway is Norman and the stoup for holy water in the porch is said to have been given by a Spanish sea captain ingratitude to his rescuers.
In the south wall of the chancel is a blocked up leper's window which can be clearly seen from outside the church. In 1861 a gallery in the nave was removed and the west end enlarged to accommodate the growing population of the parish. There are several stained glass windows and memorial items of interest to discover in the church and churchyard. Registers date from 1750.
In the churchyard, is a memorial to the three lifeboat crew who lost their lives at sea in 1916.
The church is open from Easter to the end of October.
Porteynon is a sleepy little picture postcard village situated in South Gower in South Wales. St Cattwg's Church is the hub of the village with some great looking thatched cottages surrounding it. You'll also find a sprinkling of great village pubs and a few gift shops by the seafront. There are many public footpaths which start at the village, taking you along one of the great coastal paths.
At the far end of Carreglwyd Campsite in Port Eynon Bay stands the Eighteenth Century ruin of the old Salt House. It was used originally to extract salt from the sea due to the high salinity in the seas here. It is thought that the business was run as a cover for smuggled goods.
There is no charge for visiting the Salthouse.
The present church building in Pennard became the official parish church in 1532 although it is believed to be older than 16th Century as there a lot of 13th Century features inside the church. Such as; small lancet windows; “dog-tooth” decoration and an ‘aumbry’ recess in the south wall of the chancel.
It is a lovely looking building with its' fortified tower which myth has it was to repel pirates.
The Church is open every day for you to go in and enjoy the serenity of such a wonderful building.
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