|Welsh: (Y) Mwnt|
Mwnt Church from the headland
Mwnt shown within Ceredigion
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|Fire||Mid and West Wales|
Mwnt is a very small community and ancient parish in south Ceredigion, Wales, on the West Wales coast about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) from Cardigan. It gets its name from the prominent steep conical hill (Foel y Mwnt), a landmark from much of Cardigan Bay, that rises above the beach, and was formerly anglicised as Mount.
Mwnt is best known for its popular beach. The Daily Mail placed Mwnt top of its list of "Europe's top ten loveliest hidden beaches".
History and the church
Mwnt was the site of an unsuccessful invasion by Flemings in 1155, and its defeat was long afterwards celebrated on the first Sunday in January as "Sul Coch y Mwnt". The name (Red Sunday) was given in consequence of the blood shed on that day. It is reputed that the bones of the defeated invaders would occasionally be visible under the sand when uncovered by windy conditions in the early 20th century.
The Church of the Holy Cross (Welsh: Eglwys y Grog) is an example of a medieval sailor's chapel of ease. The site is said to have been used since the Age of the Saints, but the present building is probably 14th century. It has an example of a 12th or 13th century font made of Preseli stone. Mwnt was a civil parish in its own right for several centuries, but before the 17th century it was a detached chapelry of the parish of Llangoedmor. Since 1934, it has been part of the parish of Y Ferwig.
The beach (but not the church) is owned by the National Trust, who exercise a conservation remit over both.
|Images of Mwnt|
- www.genuki.org.uk - Mount
- Daily Mail - Europe's secret beaches Retrieved 18 December 2011
- Visit Pembrokeshire Retrieved 18 December 2011
- Cardiganshire cast and Country - Mwnt beach Retrieved 18 December 2011
- A Topgraphical Dictionary of the Dominion of Wales, by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811 (p.231)
- Genuki website Retrieved 18 December 2011
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