Wednesday, 27 November 2013

What Have They Done To Swansea Castle Part 2

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A while ago, I wrote about work on Swansea Castle. For years, the ruin has been fronted by a large grassy bank, and largely inaccessible.

The height of the bank was deceptive, because the soil had built up over the years, so the ground level was much higher than it would have been originally. So when the Council removed the bank, I was encouraged. I was not so encouraged to see concrete and paving replace it.

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Now the barriers have gone and the Council workmen are putting the finishing touches to the site. It's not as bad as I feared. There are flower beds and seats. I'm withholding the final judgement until next spring when we see what is planted.

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I'm also curious as to whether the Council will go on to the next phase and make the ruins accessible for the public. They've been talking about it, but will there be enough money?

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It was Swansea Castle that led me to the medieval lords of Gower, and my two local history books, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth and Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John. Also available on Smashwords. Print copies available from me for £4.99, postage free.

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