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Penllergare, The Shanty

The Penllergare Trust is currently raising the public's awareness of the Penllergare landscape and promoting it with the intention of facilitating greater access, both physically and intellectually. One of the first stages of this process was to commission Dyfed Archaeological Trust to compile a database of all the known archaeological and historic elements of the landscape and of the people who created or were involved with them. The Swansea Development Fund and the Gower Society funded the work. In the 1830s John Dillwyn Llewylyn came into his inheritance and set about transforming Penllergare. He rebuilt the mansion, constructed two lakes and artificial waterfalls, and laid out gardens, walks and drives. He was a photographic pioneer, and many of his images of the estate survive. These images and others such as photographs and paintings of the estate by his daughters were incorporated into the database. The mansion has been destroyed and a modern civic building stands on its site, housing estates are encroaching from the west, a business park lies immediately to the east, and the M4 motorway has truncated the northern end of the landscape. Despite all this, the landscape retains a sense of remoteness and tranquillity.

Project contact: Ken Murphy



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