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Find out more about Gower's stories and folklore

  • Local champions

    The surf of Gower has produced two notably talented champion surfers in Pete Jones and Carwyn Williams. Pete Jones from Llangennith is a former British and European surf champion of the 1970s. He first surfed at Langland Bay, Gower, when a friend offered him a chance on a board. He apparently stood up first time Read more >

  • Following the trail of smugglers today

    The farms once owned by Arthur the ‘smuggling king’ still exist at Great and Little Highway, near Pennard Church on the way to Southgate (on a minor road leaving the B4436 at Pennard). They are now private residencies, but with some imagination you might be able to picture Arthur and men hauling casks of liquor Read more >

  • William Hawkin Arthur, the ‘smuggling king’

    The most notorious smuggler on the Gower coast was William Hawkin Arthur. Born in Devonshire, Arthur was a successful businessman who bolstered his coffers by leading a 100-strong gang of smugglers from his home at Great Highway Farm. Arthur’s gang would arrange secret meetings with cargo ships in sheltered coves. Starting at dusk and sometimes Read more >

  • Disaster at Mumbles!

    Since the Mumbles station was established, eighteen lifeboat crewmembers have died trying to save the lives of others. Many of these crewmembers are buried at Oystermouth Cemetery. Here are their stories… Wolverhampton (1883) One of the greatest challenges faced by the Mumbles lifeboat crew came on Saturday 27th January 1883, when the sea around Gower Read more >

  • Dylan Thomas

    Dylan Thomas is one of the most famous British poets and writers of the 20th century. He was born in Swansea in 1914 and frequently visited the Gower Peninsula. His visits with friends inspired many of his poems and stories. As a youngster, Dylan Thomas excelled at English – the only subject in which he Read more >

  • Keeping the Mari Lwyd tradition alive

    In Wales the Mari Lwyd is a mid-winter tradition and in English-speaking Gower, the custom is known as the Horse’s Head. In Mumbles, the Horse’s Head has only been for around 150 years so it’s a much younger custom than in other areas – children back then saw the Mari Lwyd and wanted to carry Read more >