Pembrey Mountain and Spudders Bridge

On Sunday afternoon, 25th September 2016 members of Llanelli Community Heritage met at Penymynydd viewpoint on the Mountain Road which climbs from the A484 at Burry Port to the B4305 Llanelli-Kidwelly road. From this high point there are wonderful views across the Gwendraeth valley and Carmarthen Bay.

At Penynynydd, local historian, Des Davies, recounted the fascinating history of Pembrey, Kidwelly and Burry Port featuring pre-historic tombs, Roman roads, medieval uprisings, family treasure, and Civil War turncoats.

Then at Spudders Bridge, on the Llanelli-Kidwelly road, B4305 at Trimsaran where it crosses the Gwendraeth Fawr, Des spun us an engrossing story of slaughter, robbery, and romance across the centuries. This fine stone medieval bridge, now overgrown with ivy and Himalayan balsam, was the scene of a murderous tale involving the amorous adventures of the inhabitants of Kidwelly Castle and, inevitably, a lady ghost!

Des is an excellent story-teller, but one who is always at pains to distinguish between fact and fiction.