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Legends and Folklore of Bridgend and The Vale is written by Graham Loveluck-Edwards. It is a compendium of twenty-six amazing stories based on myths, legends, superstitions, customs, ghost stories and tales of the supernatural originating from the counties of Bridgend and The Vale of Glamorgan on the South Wales coast (UK).
It includes all the favourite and well known stories based on historical fact; such as the ship wreckers of Dunraven, the story of the eighteenth century, mass murdering highwayman - Cap Coch, the pirates and smugglers of Barry Island, Sully, Aberthaw and Porthcawl, the lost city of Kenfig and many more.
It also tells a wealth of lesser known ones like the dragons of Penllyn and Penmark, when the Devil terrified travellers on the road to Cowbridge and in a pub in Maesteg, when the streets of Llantwit Major were plundered by rioters, the sacred well of Newton, the miracles performed by St Cadoc and St Illtyd and all the local ghost stories such as the haunting of the white lady of Ewenny and the spectres of Second World War RAF Airmen in Stormy Down and Llandow.
To give the reader further insight into these great stories, many are balanced against a backdrop of historical context and where possible, information about the origins of the stories and their authors. Authors like Sir Edward Stradling and Iolo Morganwg. They were characters as colourful and fascinating as the stories them selves.
The book also looks at folklore, customs and superstitions native to our counties. Such as ancient cures and remedies, ways to get the object of your desires to fall hopelessly in love with you and how people safe guarded their homes in Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan in days gone by, to protect them from evil spirits and bad luck.
The final chapter is dedicated to the origins of some of the more interesting place names in the region. Such as Rhoose, Dinas Powys and Llancarfan. They are not what they might seem to be.
Every chapter is accompanied by photography and hand drawn illustrations by local artist and photographer; Jessica Loveluck-Edwards.
1. Cap Coch – The Merthyr Mawr mass-murderer
2. Ship wreckers of Dunraven Castle
3. Roman town of Bomium
4. Stradling’s legend of the twelve knights
5. Lost city of Kenfig
6. The secret cult who left their mark in Porthkerry
7. Smugglers & pirates of the Glamorgan coast
8. Caradog; tribal king of the Silures and his legacy
9. What happened to the oldest seat of learning in Britain?
10. Bloody encounters – battles of the Vale
11. Llantwit Major riots
12. Bandits from the hills
1. Early Christian legends & miracles
2. The legends of St John’s Well
3. When the devil appeared on Crack Hill
4. The gifting of Southerndown common
5. The romantic legends of the maids of Sker and Cefn Ydfa
6. Ancient druid festivals and ceremonies
7. Harbingers of doom
8. Ghosts of Bridgend & the Vale
9. Dragons of the Vale
10. The enchanted river Ogmore
1. Remedies & medicines
2. Making a happy, healthy home
3. Love and courtship
Cowbridge, Llangynwyd, Dinas Powys, The Rhiw, Tuskar Rock, The Steep Holm, Rhoose, Llancarfan, St Donats: How did these places end up being called what they are called? They are not all as obvious as you might think.
There are so many amazing stories associated with these ancient pubs in Wales. Some of them true, some of them exaggerated and some of them just plain mad. And in this book I have captured over 86 of them from all over Wales.
Like the pub which claims to have an elephant buried under its beer garden, the pub where funeral parties take a short cut through the bar to keep an ancient right of access alive, the pub haunted by a randy ghost, the pub with a Roman bath in the cellar, the pub that invented pancake day and many, many more. Is there any truth in them? This book captures them all and puts them in the context of the history of their area and time so you can be the judge. And what about the age-old question of which is the oldest pub in Wales? We have eight different establishments all claiming it’s them, so which one is right?