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?
Throughout my book I try to clear some of the fog. A task made all the more difficult because many publicans in the 18th and 19th century had very vivid imaginations. Some of them made the most outlandish claims about their pubs to attract tourists, which in themselves make for fascinating reading.
This book is packed with legend, folklore and some dubious interpretations of history. But when you put it all together it gives us some amazing insights into Wales in a bygone era and the pubs our ancestors used to drink in. It also highlights the modern plight of the ancient boozer. So many amazing pubs, with fascinating histories which you will find in these pages are for sale, are on the brink or are already lost to us.
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.