In Shropshire, England, is a large hill called the Wrekin. It is about 407 metres (1,335 feet) high situated about five miles west of Telford. It is an impressive landmark visible from miles around, including Cleeve Hill, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire and the Black Country and even Beetham Tower, Manchester, and Winter Hill, Lancashire. Probably because of its prominence a number of myths, legends and folklore traditions are associated with it. Here we look at two different folktales that tell how it was by giants and there are several versions some may differ in detail. The first concerns a Welsh giant who sought revenge against the people of the town of Shrewsbury. The second tells how the hill and nearby River Severn were created by two exiled giants working to build themselves a new home.
Gwendol Wrekin ap Shenkin ap Mynyddmawr
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