The Bottomless Pool
During the 20 years that passed since Evan Lewis'
actual drowning in 1837, the story had become associated
with the legend of Kenfig Pool itself and a new tale had
now become a part of Kenfig folklore.
In 1857 a story was told in the kenfig area of an Evan Lewis who attempted to cross Kenfig Pool in
a horse and carriage. The wheels of the coach snagged in the remains of the old town beneath the waters,
and man, horse and carriage disappeared and were never more seen.
Inquest records and the parish registers show that in 1837 thirteen year old Evan Lewis was drowned in
kenfig Pool on 2 September whilst washing a coach belonging to his master. His body was buried two days later.
Kenfig Pool - Vengence is coming!
A local chieftain wronged and wounded a Prince and the latter, with his dying breath, pronounced a
curse against the wrongdoer. The curse was forgotten until one night the decendants of the chieftain
heard a fearful cry; "Dial a ddaw! Dial a ddaw!" (Vengence is coming!).
At first it passed unnoticed, but when the cry was repeated night after night, the owner of
Kenfig asked the domestic bard what it meant. The bard repeated the old story of revenge, however
this was dismissed and a great feast was undertaken with music and song.
In the midst of the carousal the fearful warning cry was repeatedly heard, and suddenly
the earth trembled and water rushed into the place. Before anybody could escape, the town of
Kenfig, with its palace, houses and people was swallowed up and only a deep dark lake or pool
remains to mark the scene of the disaster. In the early part of the nineteenth century traces
of the masonary could be seen and felt with grappling irons in the pool...