Oxwich boasts two castles, lots of thatched cottages, and a National Nature Reserve. Also, there is the extensive beach on the Bay with sand dunes, towering cliffs, and shady woods. We bypassed Oxwich village itself, but the beautiful approach road travels down through the woods and out into the salt marshes and the Reserve. After parking near the beach, Liz and I enjoyed a very casual lunch at the little café by the water before heading along the pathway through the woods to the ancient church. Here is a photo I took as I approached the front:
The church derives from a 6th century monastic cell. The present church was largely built during the 13th century incorporating the cell in the base of a massive embattled tower with a saddleback roof. For the millennium celebrations the tower was re-opened into the church and the area restored as a simple but beautiful chapel.
Other notable features include the burial niche in the north sanctuary wall, would have marked the grave of someone of note; possibly even Illtyd himself. Also the bells: two are rung, dating from 1716 and the third, dating from the 15th century, now lies inside opposite the entrance. The massive yew tree in the churchyard is believed to be as old as the church itself.
To the left as you look at the tower (above) and in behind I spied this old water barrel.
outer perimeter of the church building and goes up the hill in behind. Liz and I wandered around the tall grassy area looking at inscriptions on lots of the stones. They go back centuries!!! And there are even some fairly recent ones there, too, as the church still has services to this day. I don't want to sound "sappy," but I did feel a presence and a peace while on the church grounds with Liz that afternoon. Hope you enjoy the very brief (12 shots) video presentation with its haunting accompanying music.