Eglwys y Grog, Mwnt, West Wales

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

A medieval sailor’s chapel of ease dating to the 14th Century on a lonely headland on the West Wales coast.Β  If you look in the centre of the picture below you can just make out the white gable end above the beach. This place, Mwnt (pronounced munt), is also the site of an unsuccessful Flemish invasion in 1155 and its defeat was long afterwards celebrated on the first Sunday in January as “Sul Coch y Mwnt” (Red Sunday of Mwnt), as a consequence of the bloodshed on that day.

Photo: Mike Howe
Photo: Mike Alexander

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21 thoughts on “Eglwys y Grog, Mwnt, West Wales”

  1. Wonderful photos from this interesting landscape. I wonder if chapels like this are used anymore, if they have a future. I hope so, since it is such a strong part of history.

    1. Diolch Jo, I’m in the middle of writing a management plan for this site and needed some good photos – Mike Alexander provided once again πŸ™‚

  2. What a beautiful place! And I am always amazed when you give dates since in the US the 1700s is considered almost ancient. Likely this place existed even before Columbus got lost on his way to India.

    1. Yes Emilie, the history of some of these places is is pretty deep although I don’t like the sound of red sunday, quite a bit of violence on that day, but then if will try and invade a foreign land….

  3. Thank you, Mike!
    I enjoyed learning a little bit of Welsh history (as well as pronounciation!) along with Mike Alexander’s beautiful images of Mwnt.
    Hope you are well!
    Much love,

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