Folklore has it that Cantre’r Gwaelod, or the Sunken Hundred, a once-fertile land and township, was lost beneath the waves in a mythical age.
The land is said to have extended 20 miles west of the present Cardigan Bay, but disaster struck and Cantre’r Gwaelod was lost to floods when Mererid, the priestess of a fairy well, apparently neglected her duties and allowed the well to overflow.
Hmm – oak trees and pines; neither salt-tolerant, lived twenty miles from the sea before the land was subsumed by rising waters. Back a few hundred years ago, the settled science blamed this on an angry Priestess Mereid of the Fairy Well – today, Al Gore and John Kerry blame it on an angry Goddess Gaia. Oh, haven’t we moved on!
Denise Savageau could not be reached for comment.