My wife and I recently went back to Margam Country Park in late spring as the perfect place to go with the cameras for a local day out. In the end, my knee only lasted a couple of hours sadly, but I still managed to come away with a few interesting photos to share.
This is the chapel of St Mary on the hill, which was built as part of Margam Abbey. The abbey itself was founded in 1147, and was in use until King Henry VIII dissolved it in 1536.
If anyone nicks this bench for their back yard, at least their visitors will know where it originally came from!
Only the nave of Margam Abbey survives today, and it is still in use as the local parish church.
The ruins of Margam Abbey include this impressive 12-side chapter house. Chapter houses were used as meeting rooms, where the abbot and all his monks would gather to discuss matters concerning the monastery and its inhabitants.
Margam Country Park boasts an Orangery completed in 1793 (making it one of the oldest buildings in South Wales that is still in use today). Just to the east of the Orangery lies these ruins with its vaulted ceiling.
Although they look stable enough, and on a sunny (or a wet!) day offer the temptation of shelter, for safety reasons they are in fact fenced off with suitable warning signs.
My wife loves to visit Margam just to say hello to the trees, and when the sun shines the canopy lights up in the most beautiful of ways.
I can’t explain why, but my eyes were drawn to the roots of this tree standing just to the south of the Orangery. Maybe it was the textures, or the contrasts of colour, or the contrasts of light and shadow. Whatever the reasons, I think it makes for an interesting photo, and will probably feature in my Daily Desktop Wallpaper series at some point!
Previous Visit To Margam
My last visit to Margam Country Park was in October 2008, as my very first WelshFlickrCymru meet-up. We spent the whole day there, and I hope you enjoy the photos I took last time too.
If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.