Music for a summer's evening…

Gower Festival, July 1st-15th 2017

Venues


All Saints, Oystermouth


Points Of Interest:
Believed to be built on the site of a Roman Villa, with the original church possibly erected in the 5th century, the present building was enlarged in 1860 and 1915-37 whilst retaining the Norman tower and Early English chapel. There is some fine stained glass of recent date commemorating the loss of the Mumbles lifeboat in 1947. Look for the grave of Thomas Bowdler famous for ‘bowdlerising‘ Shakespeare.
All Saints Church Oystermouth

Information


  • Postcode: SA3 4BZ
  • Disabled Access: Good into building
  • Car Parking: On sea front. (Church grounds for disabled only)

St Peter, Newton


Points Of Interest:
Built in the early years of the 20th century and missing the intended south-east tower the Church nevertheless has some interesting and attractive internal features. Notice particularly the fine carving of the oak chancel screen.
St Peter Newton

Information


  • Postcode: SA3 4RB
  • Disabled Access: Good
  • Car Parking: In surrounding streets and limited space in the Church grounds

St John, Gowerton


Points Of Interest:
Built in 1882 the building was put up to cater for a rapidly growing population working in local mines and steelworks. It was generously endowed by local industrialists. Note particularly the striking Carrara marble facing of the chancel walls internally.
St John Gowerton

Information


  • Postcode: SA4 3EA
  • Disabled Access: Good
  • Car Parking: In Church grounds accessed from Church St

St Cenydd, Llangennith


Points Of Interest:
Believed to have been established by St Cenydd in the 6th century the Church was built in its present form in about 1100 AD and restored in the 1880’s with some fine timberwork by Rev. J. D. Davies. The circular churchyard follows the original ‘Llan‘ and includes a lych gate with tactile carvings by Bill Melling.
St Cenydd Llangennith

Information


  • Postcode: SA3 1HU
  • Disabled Access: One slight step
  • Car Parking: On common land on approaches to the village, with a free shuttle-bus service before and after the concert.

St Hilary, Killay


Points Of Interest:
The Church was built in 1926 of facing brick and has echoes of the arts and crafts movement in its styling. Internally it has a plain but attractive rectangular footprint. Most of the stained glass is of Victorian style but there are later windows by the well known Celtic Studio of Swansea.
St Hilary Killay

Information


  • Postcode: SA2 7DZ
  • Disabled Access: Good
  • Car Parking: In Church grounds and surrounding streets.

St Paul, Sketty


Points Of Interest:
The Church was built in the 19th century and consecrated in 1850, becoming a separate parish in 1851. It is in the Gothic style popular at the time of building and has an attractive broach spire.
St Paul Sketty

Information


  • Postcode: SA2 9AR
  • Disabled Access: Good
  • Car Parking: Church car park access from De-la-Beche Rd

St George, Reynoldston


Points Of Interest:
The present building dates from 1866 and incorporates some features from the original 13th century building. The font is Norman and is carved from a single block of stalagmite.
St George Reynoldston

Information


  • Postcode: SA3 1AB
  • Disabled Access: With assistance only, to surmount access steps
  • Car Parking: On adjacent village green

St John, Penmaen


Points Of Interest:
In the 14th century a Church on Penmaen Burrows, overlooking Three Cliffs Bay was besanded in a great storm, and abandoned. A different site was selected for the present building which was erected as a replacement. It is small and comprises a simple rectangle of nave and chancel and a small north aisle housing the organ. A tombstone recording 11 generations of the David family is placed on the north wall of the sanctuary.
St John Penmaen

Information


  • Postcode: SA3
  • Disabled Access: Good
  • Car Parking: On slopes of Cefn Bryn, adjacent

St Rhidian, Llanrhidian


Points Of Interest:
Originally founded in the 6th century by the Celtic saint, Rhidian the present structure is 13th century apart from the nave which was rebuilt in 1856. The massive west tower is surmounted by a stone platform which served to hold an alarm beacon. In the porch is a slab of carved limestone believed to date from the 9th-10th centuries.
St Rhidian Llanrhidian

Information


  • Postcode: SA3 1EE
  • Disabled Access: Good
  • Car Parking: To be signposted, with shuttle bus service.

St Illtyd, Ilston


Points Of Interest:
The main body of the Church dates from the 12th century and the massive embattled tower, overlooked by a yew tree which is older than the Church, was added in the early 13th century by John de Breos whose father was granted the lordship of Gower by King John. The diarist Francis Kilvert spent some holidays in the adjacent rectory and named his dog ‘Ilston’
St Illtyd Ilston

Information


  • Postcode: SA2 7LD
  • Disabled Access: Good
  • Car Parking: In an adjacent field.

St David, Llanddewi


Points Of Interest:
Notable as one of a few churches located in a farmyard this small church probably dates from the 13th century and has a simple and rural attraction.
St David Llanddewi

Information


  • Postcode: SA3 1AU
  • Disabled Access: Good
  • Car Parking: In adjacent farmyard

Tabernacle, Penclawdd


Points Of Interest:
Established in 1836, the present building was 100 years old in 2011. It is situated overlooking the Loughor Estuary, and more than one person has rated this Church as one of the finest buildings in the Presbyterian Church of Wales.

Tabernacle is part of the Gower Pastorate which encompasses Cheriton, Old Walls, Burry Green and Crofty.
Tabernacle Penclawdd

Information


  • Postcode: SA4 3YX
  • Disabled Access: Good
  • Car Parking: Behind Chapel

St Cattwg’s, Port Eynon


Points Of Interest:
St Cattwg was a Welsh saint born c497AD.
The 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. though its foundation may go back to the 6th century. The doorway is probably sixteenth century, and the holy water stoup in the porch is said to have been given by a Spanish sea captain in gratitude 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.
St Cattwg

Information


  • Postcode: SA3 1NL
  • Disabled Access:
  • Car Parking: On the seafront

St Mary’s, Pennard


Points Of Interest:
Another church in the vicinity and which stood close to Pennard castle was besanded and finally abandoned in the early 16th century, so St Mary’s became the parish church. The remains of the church lost to the shifting sands can still be seen. Interestingly, St. Mary’s has 13th century features such as an external window with dog-tooth mouldings, so which church pre-dates the other is not certain. An ancient water stoup serves as a font, with a carved Jacobean cover, and the pulpit is also Jacobean. Laudian dog-rails protect the sanctuary and the beam supporting the gallery may have been the medieval rood-beam. A beautiful stained glass window, the work of local artists, was installed to mark the new millennium. A tablet is dedicated to Vernon Watkins and another 20th century poet, Harri Webb, is buried in the churchyard.
St Mary

Information


  • Postcode: SA3 2EA
  • Disabled Access: Easy Access
  • Car Parking: Parking in the Churchyard

Reynoldston Village Hall


Points Of Interest:
The original Hall in Reynoldston was the Vestry Hall which was built in 1887 on land very near to the current Village Hall, opposite St. George’s Church. Most churches in the 1800s had a vestry within the main building but not at St. George’s. The main purpose of the Vestry Hall was to act as an “Institute”, a place to be used for meetings and as a Reading Room.The Gower Church Magazine of the time is full of references to events at the Vestry Hall or Institute...Sunday School; concerts (one was held in 1915 to entertain troops briefly billeted on Gower), inter - village draughts matches; fund-raising events, particularly during the Boer War and the Great War; talks and lectures including lantern slides.
Reynoldston Village Hall

Information


  • Postcode: SA3 1AB
  • Disabled Access: Easy Access
  • Car Parking: On the adjacent village green
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