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Reynoldston, City of Swansea
Reynoldston is a beautiful village in the heart of the Gower peninsula, South Wales. The wonderful beaches of Oxwich Bay and Port Eynon are within a 3 mile drive. The vibrant city of Swansea lies 12 miles to the north west, whilst Cardiff can be found just over an away. A walk to the top of the nearby hill of Cefn Bryn delivers great views of the Gower peninsula.
Oxwich Bay
Atop the hill is the cromlech known as Arthur's Stone. As legend goes, King Arthur found a number of stones in his shoe and threw them to various parts of Wales. The stone here is very different to others, as one night every year, it gets up and takes a drink from the sea.
Reynoldston parish church is dedicated to the English patron saint St George. The original church was erected in the early 13th century when the southern and western parts of the Gower peninsula were populated largely by Norman / English settlers. St George's old church was a simple stone building, probably with a thatched roof. It was rebuilt, partly on the original footings, in the mid 19th Century and today's church is a fine example of Victorian Gothic architecture and includes many examples of 20th century stained glass, including a three-light east window designed by Nathaniel Westlake. The font and some other memorials from the old church were retained in the new building. The names of the Rectors are engraved on slate tablets on the porch side walls. The font is made from a single stalagmite and dates back to the original building, and may have come from one of the caves within the south Gower cliffs.
A large Pillar Cross stone stands on the north side of the nave by the chancel arch, and is one of the earliest Christian monuments in Gower. Carved more than 1000 years ago the decoration shows the influence of the early Irish church. The side facing the aisle depicts a simple cross, while the other side has an elaborate carving of crosses and interlacing. A local man found the stone and re-erected it in a field. In 1977 it was decided that it should be placed under cover to protect it from further weathering. It was presented to the church and erected in St George's in the same year. Such stones were used in early Christian times to indicate church property, as boundary markers, or even as a roadside tombstone.

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