Abergwaun means the place where the river Gwaun meets the sea, the estuary of the river Gwaun. Many place names in Wales near to the sea start with the word Aber, for example, Abertawe (Swansea), Aberteifi (Cadigan), Aberysytwyth and so on. Aber is also used where one river meets a larger river inland, for example Aberhonddu (Brecon) where the river Honddu meets the larger river Wye.
Fishguard - Abergwaun consists of two main areas - Lower Fishguard (Cwm Abergwaun) harbour and the main town which includes the Goodwick ferry terminal. Whilst the main road through the town is an 'A' road, through Lower Fishguard it is a single lane road with the obvious traffic implications during the tourist season.
Battle of Fishguard 1797
Of historical interest, the last invasion of Britain took place just outside Fishguard. The invading French army was defeated and the surrender was agreed in the Royal Oak pub in the centre of the main town in Fishguard. More information, click here...
Lower Fishguard - Cwm Abergwaun
Lower Town Harbour is by far the older of the two harbours. A picturesque harbour, the River Gwaun reaches the sea in the lower town. Warehouses remain from its days as a major herring and trading port.
Lower Fishguard (Cwm Abergwaun) was used as “Llareggub” in the film of Dylan Thomas's “Under Milk Wood”, starring Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Peter O'Toole. Many local people were involved in the production of this film as background characters. The film “Moby Dick” (starring Gregory Peck) was also filmed there in 1955.
Fishguard and Goodwick ( Abergwaun ac Wdig) Map
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You may be interested to know that a popular question asked of us is, "what does Cwtch, cwtches or cwtching mean"? (Cwtch is pronounced as in "butch" in English). Perhaps literally, it means to cuddle or to hug and in that regard, there is a saying, "anyone can cuddle but only the Welsh can cwtch". It does have another meaning is a cubbyhole or cupboard; a small space in which to store things safely, such as an under stairs cupboard. Often heard, "give me a cwtch", or "they are cwtching", it should make anybody feel safe, warm and comforted.
Located in Pembrokeshire Wales, our ethos is defined in the three words...