Coordinates: 52°08′13″N 4°38′20″W / 52.13684°N 4.63878°W / 52.13684; -4.63878

Welsh: Mwnt
Mwnt church.jpg
Mwnt Church from the headland
Mwnt is located in Ceredigion

 Mwnt shown within Ceredigion
OS grid reference SN194520
Principal area Ceredigion
Ceremonial county Dyfed
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CARDIGAN
Postcode district SA43
Dialling code 01239
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Ceredigion
Welsh Assembly Ceredigion
List of places: UK • Wales • Ceredigion

Mwnt is a very small community and ancient parish in south Ceredigion, Wales, on the Irish Sea coast about 4.5 miles from Cardigan. It gets its name from the prominent steep conical hill, a landmark from much of Cardigan Bay, that rises above the beach.

It was the site of an unsuccessful invasion by Flemings in 1155, and its defeat was long afterwards celebrated on the first Sunday in January as "Sul Coch y Mwnt". It is said[by whom?] that the bones of the defeated invaders would occasionally be visible under the sand when uncovered by windy conditions in the early 20th century.[1]

The Church of the Holy Cross (Welsh: Eglwys y Grog) is an example of a medieval sailor's chapel of ease. The site is said to have been used since the Age of the Saints, but the present building is probably 14th century. It has an example of a 12th or 13th century font made of Preseli stone. Mwnt was a civil parish in its own right for several centuries, but before the 17th century it was a detached chapelry of the parish of Llangoedmor. Since 1934, it has been part of the parish of Y Ferwig.

The beach, but not the church, is owned by the National Trust who exercise a conservation remit over both. The Irish Sea off Mwnt is rich in wildlife, being a regular summer home to dolphins, seals and porpoises.

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Mwnt Church  
Mwnt Beach  
Lime kiln at Mwnt  

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