Y Cwm Abergwaun - Lower Town, Fishguard

Y Cwm Lower Town. Fishguard
Christine Davies
Small Boats at Ffair Cwchod Bach.
Janet Thomas

A clear view looking into Lower Town from the top of Llwybr Pencowrw  (Marine Walk).  The small beach on the RHS can only be reached when the tide is low; then it is possible to walk  from the Slade beach around Llanpit to the small stony beach and Saddle Point across a stretch of firm sand.

On the LHS of the picture the other small beach of Shaffre can be seen, again only  accessible from the slipway behind the Quay when the tide is low.

For many decades at the time of the Ffair Cwchod Bach, always held on Whit Monday, many boat owners would take grown ups and children out for a row. The fare was one halfpenny to the Fort to view the Coffin Stone, and back to Llanpit. For those people who could afford a penny, the round trip was to go around and beyond the Fort to see the Needle Rock. At this time too, below Carreg Yr Eos by the old lime kilns at the bottom of the Slade, stalls selling ginger beer, nuts and ginger bread etc. were set up. 

This information about Ffair Cwchod Bach, comes from the reminiscences of B.R Lewis who wrote his recollections of the area and its inhabitants in a series of articles in the  County Echo from 1951-1957 called “Turning Back the Clock.”

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