Books

To buy a copy of the books below contact:

Hidden HistoriesHidden Histories of Swansea and Gower – Gary Gregor, well-known author and lecturer, reveals in bite-size pieces and in his inimitable style some of the less well-known stories of Swansea and Gower’s hidden past. £5.95

Gower in FocusGower in Focus– a handsome book of monochrome and colour photographs by Harold Grenfell, the Society’s photographer which was first published in 2007 to mark the Society’s Diamond jubilee. £10.00

A Guide to Gower

A Guide To Gower –(a book which first appeared in 1965 and has been continually updated and revised since then) – the definitive illustrated guide to all things you need to know about Gower. £4.95

 

Vernacular Gower

Vernacular Gower– 2003 – a volume which evolved following a photographic competition organised by the Society to document surviving aspects of traditional Gower buildings, with full illustrations £8.50 (hardback) £4.50 (paperback)

 

Swansea Bay ... the coastal routeSwansea Bay – the Coastal Route– 2007 – a fully illustrated guide to the scenery and history of the route from Swansea Marina to Mumbles Pier £5.95

 

The Caves of GowerThe Caves of Gower– 2006 – an illustrated guide to Gower’s many caves £3.00

 

 

The Castles of GowerThe Castles of Gower– 2005 – with colour photographs, this is a guide to all the castles of Swansea and the Gower peninsula £3.00

 

 

The Churches & Chapels of GowerThe Churches and Chapels of Gower– 2007 – a colour edition of the earlier Noteworthy Gower Churches, augmented with details of Gower’s Chapels £3.50

 

The Butterflies of GowerThe Butterflies of Gower– 2000 – a beautifully illustrated guide with full descriptions of life cycles, food plants etc of those butterflies you are likely to find on Gower £2.50

 

RhossiliRhossili– 2004 – a fascinating account of life in the village of Rhossili, its history and inhabitants £3.95

 

Gower WalksGower Walks– 1999 – full descriptions with route maps of 13 walks in peninsular Gower £3.00

 

 

Edgar Evans of GowerEdgar Evans of Gower– 2008 – an account of the polar explorer’s fateful journey with Scott £3.50

 

 

The Gower Society The First Sixty YearsThe First Sixty Years– 2008 – published for the Diamond Jubilee of the Society, this book documents the history of the Society, based on committee minutes, newsletters and journals of the Society £4.50

 

Gower Way leafletGower Way leaflets– three sections of this mid-distance walk from Rhossili in the south-west of the peninsula to Penll’er Castell in the north-east of the lordship – 75p each/£2.50 for all 3 in a plastic pack. These are folded sheets with details of the route, full descriptions, illustrated with paintings by a local artist.

Some of the earlier publications are no longer in print, but are sometimes available from specialist bookshops and the internet. Occasionally second-hand copies become available to the Society, so if you are looking for a particular book, let us know and we may be able to help locate a copy for you.

Gower Gleanings by Horatio Tucker – a miscellany of articles on Gower, including an insight into Gower dialect (published in 1951).

A Portrait of Gower by Evan Evans and Mervyn Gwent– monochrome photographs and text (published in 1952).

Caravans in Gower – a pamphlet produced by the Society in 1958.

Ten Walks in Gower by Bernard Morris and Stephen Lee – the first book describing walks in the peninsula with Bernard’s evocative route maps (published in 1960)

Plant Life in Gower by Gordon Goodman – a broad survey of Gower’s flora with some emphasis of the species found around Oxwich Bay (published in 1962)

Swansea Bay to Worms Head – a bilingual book of black and white photographs of the area (published in 1963 as the Society’s contribution to the National Eisteddfod of Wales, held in Swansea in 1964).

A Guide to Gower – the first hard back edition was published in 1965.

The Gower Yarns of Cyril Gwynn – a volume published in 1975 containing a collection of Cyril’s wry takes on Gower village life – all designed to be read aloud to his audience.

The Sea Beneath my Feet by J. Mansel Thomas – an evocative collection of stories about Gower and Gower folk by one of the earliest of the Gowermen (published in 1981).

Sketches in Gower– the illuminated paintings of Mary Wood 1861 – introduced by her descendent Robert Lucas. This was published in 1987 in a limited edition of 1,000 copies to mark the Society’s 40th birthday. It was a privilege to view the original paintings which were full of detail and elaborately endowed with gold-leaf decoration.

Old Gower FarmhousesOld Gower Farmhouses and their families by Bernard Morris published in 1998 to mark the Society’s 50th birthday – a detailed study of these buildings with meticulous drawings, plans, photographs together with a history of their inhabitants.

 

Surver of GowerGabriel Powell’s Survey of Gower 1764 by Bernard Morris published in 2000 – an account of the record of the many tenants, farms and other land holdings in the manors held by the Lord of Gower, the Duke of Beaufort, in English and Welsh Gower. Gabriel Powell was the Duke’s steward acting in Gower for his absentee master. The Survey is full of life and local detail.