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From a photographic point of view, going to St Fagans: National History Museum of Wales (Sain Ffagan: Amgueddfa Werin Cymru)
on the day of their Food Festival was less than ideal; enjoyable though it was in every other way.
The crowds and the stalls severely limited my chances of getting exterior shots.
Most frustrating was the Rhyd-y-car Ironworkersʼ Houses. A terrace of small houses each restored to different dates, ranging from 1805 to 1985.
An excellent exhibit that I could barely take in, let alone photograph, because of the crowds.
Still with a bit of keyhole surgery, and a hefty dose of Photoshop, I managed to get a few decent shots of some of the other exhibits.
For details of opening times, admission prices, etc. please see the official site detailed below.
St Teilo's Church
Many old churches have traces of the old wall paintings (for instance St Maryʼs, Tarrant Crawford),
but I often find it difficult to imagine what they must have looked like in their prime. Here St Teiloʼs Church has been restored as it may have appeared in 1530,
and the effect is stunning.
The church came from Llandeilo Tal-y-bont, which is outside Pontarddulais (SN 585 030, 51.707872°, -4.049872°). In 1851 it was reported that:
The old parish Church of Llandilotalybont is most awkwardly situated on the verge of the river Loughor, surrounded by vast Marches,
which are often overflown by Tides and floods 3 or 4 feet deep over the paths leading thereto so as to render it impossible for the people to attend at such times.
The Tollhouse is typical of the many that were built in the late eighteenth century by rich local land owners largely for themselves
and others of their class.
According to the Toll Board, the waggons and carts of the poor were to be charged 4d,
whereas the carriages and landaus of the rich only half as much again at 6d. The Queen could use the road for free.
In Wales this, in part, lead to the Rebecca Riots between 1839 and 1843.