Witchy Welcome

by Maureen McCabe on October 29, 2007

Welcome Witch in Welsh

I understand this “sign” says “Welcome.”

Croeso means  welcome in Welsh?  The language they speak in Wales…  I am not sure what the lines below welcome mean ..


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1 Davy Boy October 30, 2007 at 05:00 am


CROESO I CWMGWRACH. Means ‘Welcome to Cwmgwrach’, and Cwmgwrach is Welsh for the ‘Valley of Witches’. So the true meaning is:

Welcome to the Valley of Witches

The other side of the village is Blaengwrach which means:

Head of the Valley of Witches.

So from Cwmgwrach, Neath, South Wales welcome and best wishes.


2 MaureenMcCabe October 30, 2007 at 05:49 am

Thanks for the comment and explaination. That is wonderful.

3 Craig February 26, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Yep im from Cwmgwrach to and this does meen Welcome to the Valley of the witches :)

4 Maureen McCabe February 27, 2008 at 08:23 am

Craig thanks! It’s nice when people from Cwmgwrach or anywhere in Wales stop by my humble liittle blog.

5 Henry (Harry) Caswell September 3, 2008 at 09:48 pm

Hi Maureen. What a surprise to see your blog while I was searching Cwmgwrach on the web. I am from the village, but emigrated to the States in1969 and moved to Dayton, Ohio from Detroit in 1971.
You may be interested to know that I own a British store in Huber Heights, north of Dayton called Wise Choice British Foods, Gifts & Candies. Wise being an acronym for Wales, Ireland, Scotland & England.
Another point of interest, Wise Choice was honoured to be chosen by Warner Brothers Studios to provide British Foods and Gift items as props for their October 10, 2008 release of Body of Lies starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.
Cwmgwrach, Valley of the Witches was a small mining village of approximately 2500 residents situated in the Vale of Neath, S.Wales. Today most of the mines are closed and the fabric of the village I was brought up in has drastically changed. I and my four sisters started emigrating to the States in 1947 when my eldest sister became a war bride and nencouraged the rest of us to better our lives here in the States.
Come visit our store in Huber Heights and be greeted with a true warm British Welcome.

6 Maureen McCabe September 4, 2008 at 12:38 am

Harry when I make it over to Huber Heights I will track down your store! Thanks for the comment and the background.

I want a Brown Betty Teapot now. Never heard of it before.

It’s a small world.

7 Alun December 27, 2008 at 01:02 pm

Actually Cwmgwrach means Valley of the witch (singular). According to the tale my mamgu (Welsh for grandmother) used to tell me to get me off to sleep, The witch (gwrach actually means an oldish witch or a hag) used to have two hounds named Cig a Gwaed (Flesh and Blood). Don’t THINK they are still there………. but you never know.

8 Maureen McCabe December 28, 2008 at 07:55 am


9 linda page August 25, 2009 at 04:30 pm

hi, it,s nice to read about cwmgwrach, i used to live "down the boltic"as it was known locally. in 1975 i went to south africa to live , but i still class myself as a cwmgwrach girl.

10 MaureenMcCabe August 25, 2009 at 06:11 pm

Thanks Linda.

11 lesley morris July 6, 2010 at 07:35 am

Yes, I went to primary school in Cwmgwrach–played tennis there, grew up there. I actually lived in the “Lamb and Flag” just across the field. Hope Julia is true to her Welsh heritage and looks after the underdog. CYMRU AM BYTH

12 lesley morris July 6, 2010 at 07:42 am

Hi, I went to Cwmgwrach Primary School. Hard to believe Julia Gillard is from there too. I played tennis there and generally grew up there although my home was in the “Lamb amd Flag” just across the field. I hope Julia lives up to her Welsh heritage and looks after the underdog

13 Russell Richards September 2, 2010 at 04:38 pm

Glad you like my witch . as a resident and former councilor of Cwmgwrach i proposed and designed the witch. to mark the millenium . together with the 20.000 daffodills planted around her on the verge as you enter the village of cwmgwrach . as a engineer i commisioned the profile from south wales profilers and back in my engineering works at Brtondale made the lettering and machined the 3 inch solid steel bar she sits on and erected her on the site she sits today and hopefully for many many years to come, as she is constructed from half inch steel plate she certanly wont wear away in a hurry. On the borders you have the angel of the north .We have the witch of the south. Yechyd dda!

14 Maureen McCabe September 2, 2010 at 05:07 pm


Thanks for the comment, not sure how I missed the last three.

Yes I love your witch and I love how all these folks from Cwmgwrach have stopped by this little Columbus Ohio blog…

15 Keith October 14, 2010 at 06:19 am

Hi Maureen
I was born in Cwmgwrach in 1943 but have lived in England all my life. I still visit relatives there – just a little story – as a child I and my cousins were hunting winberries on the slopes of Craig-y-Llyn in the 50′s. Looked for hours with no luck at all – then cousin John slipped and rolled for 10 yards – when he got up his shirt was stained with dark red winberry juice – funny how some problems just sort themselves out

16 Jamie Williams November 23, 2012 at 06:12 pm

Im from cwmgwrach and i love the place i would move back there tomorrow if the wife would follow me lol.
Nice little story about our great place. Im from 11 heol wenallt origanaly my mam still lives there we have been there for about 27 years our family used to sell fruit and veg on the markets and most people around cwmgwrach know my family

17 Harry Caswell September 14, 2009 at 02:21 am

Hi Linda, Harry Caswell here in Dayton, Ohio. Did you know that the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, has connections to Cwmgwrach. Her father Jackie Gillard and his extended family lived there and Terry his brother and I were school friends back in the 40's. Drop my a line at my e-mail address and let me know about your life in S. Africa.

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