Building Recording at Ty Picca

This 19th century building tucked away in the corner of an historic orchard, on a farm near Dryslwyn, had seen better days. Although altered and repaired beyond almost all recognition, it still stood and the opportunity was taken, through the Tywi River through Time project, to restore it to its former glory.

Many original features survived including clom, or earth, walling and regionally distinctive rounded corners. Its location in the orchard and its size suggests that it was an apple store. An archaeological survey produced detailed drawings, a written record and photographs of the building. These provided a better understanding of how it was built and thereby helped with the restoration.

The restoration replaced the corrugated-iron roof with thatch, revealed the internal cobbled floor and reinstated the stone and clom walls. The eye-catching red paint is reminiscent of that on Kennixton farmhouse, originally from Gower and now in St Fagans, which was thought to protect against evil spirits.

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