The Vale of Glamorgan

The Vale of Glamorgan

The Vale of Glamorgan
the story of St Tathan, Gileston, Eglwys Brewys and Flemingston

by Terry Breverton

Paperback 224 pages, ISBN 1-903529-00

Price £13.99

Y Gwir Erbyn y Byd
The Truth Against the World
Iolo Morganwg

The Secret Vale of Glamorgan is the story of a remarkable area, sandwiched between the famous 6th century monasteries of Llanilltud Fawr and Llancarfan. We tend to think of where we live as unremarkable, compared to the strangeness of the new. However, the village of St Tathan and the hamlets of Flemingstone, Gileston, Eglwys Brewys and West and East Aberthaw are not only attractive, and set in wonderful countryside, but have a history almost unique in such a small area. We have a river and streams, buzzards, otters, hares, sewin, kingfishers and partridge, the Heritage Coast, two deserted villages, four mediaeval churches, manor houses, four ruined mediaeval chapels, an important Nonconformist chapel, sixteen listed buildings, three conservation areas, traces of rebellion by the great Welsh heroes Llywelyn Bren and Owain Glyndŵr, Roman remains, the great antiquary Iolo Morganwg who reintroduced the Eisteddfod to Wales, mediaeval wells, four sixth century saints, an astronomer consulted by Sir Isaac Newton, a Rebecca Rioter, the remains of a thriving port, Iron Age remains, wreckers, ghosts, smugglers, noted hymn-writers, a thatched 14th century pub and no less than four castles. In the 1980's even a Humpback Whale visited the parish.

Terry Breverton was brought up in the Vale of Glamorgan, but went to England and overseas to study and work, and only returned, to live in St Tathan, in Spring 1997. A Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing since 1971, he was asked by the Parish Council to write this book for the Millennium Celebrations. Apart from academic articles, children's books and poetry, he has written 'An A-Z of Wales and the Welsh', and 'The Book of Welsh Saints', both also published in 2000. The former has been acclaimed for its fresh approach in presenting the pride of being Welsh to the rest of the world. The latter book, also the subject of many years of part-time research, aims to put Wales on the tourist map by resurrecting 'feast-weeks' across Wales. This book upon 'The Secret Vale' is the beginning of an series of books upon Glamorgan, and the author is also publishing 'One Hundred Great Welshmen' in Autumn 2000.

Glyndŵr Publishing (Wales Books)