Other buildings can be seen when walking around the castle grounds. There is an interesting Threshing barn with interesting lattice type walls which allowed the dust to leave the building. Unfortunately there was no entry, but a window was open so I was able to take a peek inside.The Woollen mill included a loom and other machinery.There was a boat...more
Having seen the Museum of Welsh Life, we thought we'd seen everything. However, we decided to have an afternoon out and found ourselves back in St Fagan's. THis time we were at the back entrance, leading to the castle or Elizabethan manor house . Inside the rooms available for visitors to see were rather dark and surprisingly small, except for the...more
Last but not least we visited Llwyn yr eos Farm which is a typical farm at St Fagans and still works like that today. Apart from the castle, Llwyn yr eos farm is the only building in the museum in its original location. It was built in 1820, the present house and barn was part of the Plymouth Estate. With the change from arable farming to dairy...more
St Mary’s Board School (pic 1) opened at Maestir, Lampeter in 1880. Rachel Ann Thomas (her picture is at the entrance) was the headmistress of this rural school from 1894 to 1905. She taught the “3 Rs”(reading, writing and arithmetic) to children (aged 5 to 14) of servants, labourers and estate workers. Getting the children to attend class was...more
The Tollhouse (from Penparcau) on pic 1 dates from 19th century when Turnpike Trusts that built roads across Wales had to find a way to repay the loan they got from rick landowners. So they build tollhouses like this. There is a sign (pic 2) with prices for vehicles and animals. Local farmers had to pay also for the rent to wealthy landowners, a...more
I was surprised of the impressive red color of this farmhouse (pic 1) from Llangennith, Gower. It was probably a sign of social status but according to the sign the red may protected against evil spirits. We spend more time here because you see the interior which is furnished as it was in 1800 when a family of 5 with a maid and farm labourer lived...more
Deheufryn Farm Gorse Mill (from Dolwen) (pic 1) is a small food processor for animals like the machine we use to turn fruits into a pulp or juice. Gorse was used for many reasons, it grew all year round, it was thought to be very nourishing and it grew in very poor soil so farmers could keep their best fields to grow more valuable crops. There was...more
Most of Welsh industrial towns and villages had workmen’s institutes or stutes as they were fondly known. These impressive structures provided education and leisure facilities for workmen and their families. We went inside this one (that was originally in Oakdale ) (pic 1) but we could check only the library because they were having a presentation...more
Before I read this sign I was wondering what exactly we were looking at as we could see only some trees in front of us! Usually the signs on the museum informs the visitors about a building but here was about the general area that lies in front. It was here where the most important battle in Wales of the Civil Wars between Crown and Parliament...more
We saw a chapel (pic 1). It’s Pen-rhiw Chapel (from Dre-fach Felindre). It is used by the Unitarians, a group with a very open-minded approach to religion(though they believe in one God, they have no standard set of beliefs). Many Christians disagreed with them and called the part of west Wales where they lived “The Black Spot”. Since 1777 people...more
We visited Cilewent Farmhouse (from Rhayader) (pics 1-2), a structure that housed people and animals. Around 250 years ago the family living here would have lived at the one end and the cattle at the other while both were using the same front door. Long-houses like this were common in mid and south Wales. They had a female and perhaps a male...more
One of the first building we saw was Stryd Lydan barn (pic 1) which is a farm on the English border in Penley, near Wrexham. This barn used to be one of its outbuildings. It was moved to the Museum shortly after it opened in 1948. The barn is made up of three separate sections with the old and largest part coming from 1550, an extension was added...more
After a hot cup of coffee we bought a map of the park (for only £0,30). By the way there’s no entrance fee for the park so you have no excuse to miss this amazing place and spend a great day here.So, we entered the park and saw a big lawn with numerous sheeps (pic 1). For some strange I though the area will be very boring! We took the back paths...more
We took bus 32 from Bus Terminal and we were there in 20’. Saint Fagans is only 6-7 kilometres away from Cardiff.
There a bus per hour starting from 9.45am Monday to Friday (except public holidays) but watch out because there are no buses after park closing time.
In weekend there are more buses.
Inside the park you will walk of course, most of the paths are accecisible for wheel chairs but you may miss some of the buildings. Animals arent allowed inside the buildings except the guide dogs.
Derwen Bakerhouse was built in 1900 at Aberystwyth but bread wasn’t made here as people still preferred to make their own bread at home. But townspeople found home ovens too small to bake enough bread for large families so they prepared it at home and carry it to bakehouses to be baked in tins. This bakehouse closed in 1924, it was reopened as a...more
In Ewenny (Vale of Glamorgan) near a plentiful supply of coal for firing kilns and ore for glazes the local potteries were small family concerns. Yellow and brown pots, bowls and dishes were once a common sight on the market stalls. They were fired in a kiln like the one on pic 2 that was first built in 1820 but after 1850 Ewenny Pottery faced...more
These sheep can be dangerous... have you seen their size....!!!!
Maybe that’s the reason their lamb has not comparation with our lechazo of Aranda de Duero hehehehe (tastier, even said by a Welshman lol)