Comments

This is a new page where I have listed some of the comments people have made on the website...
I will add to it slowly over the coming weeks and also put up the relevant photographs alongside the comments...
New comments can be added bottom of the page...
First is Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Brecknockshire, Pembrokeshire and the Glamorgan's (further down the page)... Different counties can be distinguished by different tones of grey... I am not an expert on web design and stick to my limitations!


CEREDIGION:
MANSIONS, FARMHOUSES & COTTAGES...


Photo: HAFOD, Nantcwnlle, Ceredigion 2009
Date: 08th September 2014
Comment: "Sadly, the owner's son, who was restoring Hafod, only stayed around for a year or less. Such a shame as we thought this forgotten, lovely old house was finally going to return to its former glory."
By: Jane Welch

Photo: CILGWYN, Llandyfriog, Ceredigion 2011
Date: 01st March 2014
Comment: "I stayed at Cilgwyn for some months in the early 1970's when the then owner was changing it into a Hotel. I wondered at the time if it would work - obviously not - but agree that the house is worth saving"
By: David Kennedy

Photo: BRONWYDD, Llangynllo, Ceredigion 1997
Date: 27th January 2014
Comment: "My great grandfather was Tom Beasley, valet to the late Sir Marteine Lloyd of Bronwydd. I have many many photos of Bronwydd, some dating back to the C19th. Last time I was there the ruin had been bulldozed into a pile of rubble in the field."
By: Linda Francis

Photo: DERRY ORMOND TOWER, Betws Bledrws, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 13th December 2013
Comment: "i remember as a child looking out the kitchen window and seeing the lightning strike the tower"
By: David Rowcliffe

Photo: HAFOD (ruins, monuments and stables), Pontrhydygroes, Ceredigion 2001
Date: 02nd December 2013
Comment: "My Grandmother lived in Hafod Lodge in the mid 1950's- to early 1060's This was the time that they blew up the Mansion, This is also the time when the downstairs got flooded by the river and the small house the other side of the bridge got floded halfway up the bedroom windows around 1957ish."
By: david paskin

Photo: BRONWYDD, Llangynllo, Ceredigion 2009
Date: 24th September 2013
Comment: "my husband did an oil painting of plas Bronwydd for mr baker jones,from a black and white photo that he had when Bronwydd was at its best."
By: eleanor a vernon maher

Photo: MOUNT GERNOS, Maesllyn, Ceredigion 2009
Date: 12th January 2013
Comment: "Greetings: I am interested in finding out the history of the TYLER family in Mt. Gernos. My surname will tell you that I've studied the genealogy of the family, but i never ran across the family having been in Mt. Gernos Please inform."
By: John H. Tyler

Photo: BRONWYDD, Llangynllo, Ceredigion 2009 View photo
Date: 08th June 2012
Comment: "read about Bronwydd for ist time a few mths. ago but not sure of location. today i was researching the maddock family and came across Llangynllo and your pictures. they are superb;it's made me want to visit the old mansion apart from Llangynllo. i'll have to get a better camera lol."
By: t.williams

Photo: NANTEOS STABLES, Near Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
Date: 16th May 2012
Comment: "Thank you and very interesting report indeed. Please come and see the transformation done on the Nanteos Mansion, Stables and the Garden today. nanteos.com The hotel was reopened in April 30th, 2012, for your record. :)"
By: carol

Photo: HAFOD (door rear of greenhouse), Pontrhydygroes, Ceredigion 2001
Date: 04th April 2012
Comment: "In 1974 my late uncle Reginal Platt (an engineer) pieced together an ancient urn that lay in a box in H church, and that had been ruined, I imagine, in the fire of 1932. Somewhere I have a photo of my father and I stretchering in the completed urn back into the church. I have never been back since to see if it is still there. It was the last of many holidays my family enjoyed in Bwlch Gwalter cottage further up the valley."
By: Charles Reader

Photo: MOUNT GERNOS, Maesllyn, Ceredigion 2009
Date: 04th April 2012
Comment: "I believe the windows were left as they are listed, or indeed are now so, and therefore cannot be removed. As for the 'new bungalow', it was once the stable block, however does seem to have been extensively 'improved', as it were."
By: Mr S Johnson Esq

Photo: MOUNT GERNOS, Maesllyn, Ceredigion 2009
Date: 31st January 2012
Comment: "As a child my friends owned Gernos and farmed there. The mansion was in ruins and we used to play in it, even though we were not really allowed to do so. I remember the stair case and mouldings"
By: Hazel

Photo: HAFOD (ruins, monuments and stables), Pontrhydygroes, Ceredigion 2001
Date: 13th January 2012
Comment: "my mother was the head gamekeepers daughter (hughes) at derry ormond and was a friend of elizabeth inglis jones. Is Hafod the Mansion that the Englis Jones lived in? regards brian"
By: brian marshall

Photo: DERRY ORMOND TOWER, Lampeter, Ceredigion 2000
Date: 17th December 2011
Comment: "I climbed it a few years ago. The steps were several inches deep in birds' detritus. The parapet was damaged. I would be interested in any attempt to restore it."
By: Keith Lucas

Photo: BRONWYDD, Llangynllo, Ceredigion 2009
Date: 04th December 2011
Comment: "I saw a picture of Bronwydd in a magazine many many years ago and its funny how a picture can stick in your memory. Then it was still standing and over the years I have been searching on the internet for it. It was a beautiful house."
By: Kristina Kumlin

Photo: HAFOD (ruins, monuments and stables), Pontrhydygroes, Ceredigion 2001
Date: 05th March 2011
Comment: "I have enjoyed very much viewing your site. My grandfather married in 1893 and gave his address at Lower Lodge, Llanfihangel Upper. I have assumed this to be a Hafod Lodge. My cousin is the last of the family to have lived in Ponty so we are documenting his memories for the family. I have to find the time to spend in Aber. reading the Hafod papers and making family connections which I know are there, so perhaps some of your photos may be linked. If this is the case, I will make contact again, but for now, thank you for making your photos available to view on the net. Regards Venna Lovegrove"
By: Ven Lovegrove

Photo: RHOS, Ysbyty Ystwyth, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 01st December 2010
Comment: "Your Marchnant Isaf is really called Rhos - when it was renovated it was called Tynewydd but the old name was resurrected. I remember relatives living there."
By: W J Jones

Photo: DERI ODWYN, Llwynpiod, Near Tregaron, Ceredigion 2009
Date: 07th October 2010
Comment: "hi. i am 11 years old nd i live about 1 mile accross the fields of this ruin. there are at least 10 ruins around llwynpiod that i have found and many near my house such as maes-llydan,Llain,Golysg cottage,Trewern Fach and many others. good pics!!!"
By: Huw

Photo: HAFOD (ruins, monuments and stables), Pontrhydygroes, Ceredigion 2001
Date: 02nd June 2009
Comment: "i was born in Potrhydygroes 75 years ago and it is a pleasure to see that the place hasn't lost it's beauty"
By: rita carey

Photo: LLETYSYNOD, New Row, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 27th November 2014
Comment: "My gtx3 grandmother Jane Valentine (later Bonner) was born here in 1798. Her father Richard was a groundsman on the Lisburne Estate. When I sought directions to it on a visit last year, a local farmer proudly announced that he had just stripped and sold the slates from the roof! Unbelievable...."
By: Deborah Bradley

Photo: HOUSE AT CWM RHEIDOL MINES, Cwm Rheidol, Ceredigion 2012
Date: 16th August 2014
Comment: "That house's name is Penlefel - translating to Mine Level End. It was probably last inhabited in the 1930s around which time the mine closed."
By: Ioan

Photo: LLETYSYNOD, New Row, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 24th July 2014
Comment: "Fascinating work Paul and a very important project...some really beautiful locations, I recognise the New Row house and thought similar things..."
By: chris webster

Photo: MAESGLAS, Abergwesyn Mountain Road, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 09th July 2014
Comment: "I also used ot go pony trekking there every year for about 3 in the 1970's - about the same time as Denise! Great place and very fond memories. So sorry to see it is in the state."
By: Sandra Luff

Photo: DOLWEN, Devil's Bridge, Ceredigion 2011
Date: 14th May 2014
Comment: "Ilived with my mum and dad in Dolwen .we moved from stone staffordshire, i would have been 10 years old 1946-47 we had the bad snows then that year i went to school in ponterwyd with my brother from dolwen. regards Tony H. NZ"
By: Tony Hurford

Photo: BEUDIAU, Lampeter, Ceredigion 2009
Date: 11th May 2014
Comment: "Hi Paul. I too have an interest in old abandoned sites in the area you have outlined here and have also have some photographs of an old chapel not far from Tregaron. I have also taken some shots of the old pont Llanio station area. A fascinating insight back to the days of steam tracvel in this area. Feel free to conatct me if you wish."
By: Rob

Photo: MAESGLAS, Abergwesyn Mountain Road, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 25th April 2014
Comment: "I used to come to Maesglas every year from 1977 as an 11 year old to 1982 sometimes 4 times a year, pony trekking. I have fantastic memories of Pat, Mervyn and Sally and the amazing countryside we rode in. I returned about 4 years ago and was devastated to see Maesglas in such ruin. It was heartbreaking. What a fabulous place. Glad I saw it for real before these pics, I would never have believed it. I would love to give life back to Maesglas with family, horses, sheep, dogs, chickens and peacocks. This place was my dream home."
By: Denise lomax

Photo: BRON Y BERLLAN, Pontrhydyfendigaid, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 25th April 2014
Comment: "I am likewise a 3 x Great grand-daughter to Thomas Hughes via his son, Richard Hughes, laterly also of Bronberllan. Would be interested to find out your link."
By: Lisa Rowlands

Photo: FFOS LAS, Morfa Bychan, Aberystywth, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 21st April 2014
Comment: "We visited Ffos Las on Good Friday. It has deteriorated further, with much of the rear wall having fallen. Very sad - it's such a lovely spot."
By: Sian

Photo: TREFENTER CHAPEL & CHAPEL HOUSE, Trefenter, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 13th April 2014
Comment: "How has this delightful looking chapel house been allowed to get to this stage of disrepair.I believe it is grade 2 listed .Someone must be responsible for the upkeep .They have given it a grade 2 but no wants to take responsibity for its maintenance.The mind boggles."
By: c taylor

Photo: HENDRE FELIN, Ysbyty Ystwyth, Ceredigion 2011
Date: 19th November 2013
Comment: "Many happy evenings spent at Hendre as a child after the sheep dipping in the summers. My grandfather owned the next farm along and we were great friends of Joe who lived at Hendre. It was indeed originally the local manor house of the area and there were some fine carved oak beams( which normal humble farmhouses did not have apparently)showing its status at the time. I am so sad it has been left to become a ruin but the local quarry has made it too dangerous to inhabit I understand."
By: Gail Leefarr

Photo: DERI ODWYN, Llwynpiod, Near Tregaron, Ceredigion 2009
Date: 07th October 2013
Comment: "I now live in Trewern Fach, so curious to know it might have once been a ruin"
By: Alan

Photo: BRON Y BERLLAN, Pontrhydyfendigaid, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 03rd October 2013
Comment: "My 3xGreat Grandfather Thomas Hughes and his wife Jane lived here in the 19th Century. Do you know who owns it now?"
By: Margaret Wills

Photo: TY'N-Y-GWNDWN, Near Aberystwyth, Ceredigion 2004
Date: 25th September 2013
Comment: "My 3rd great grandfather : Thomas ALBAN b. Nov 1766 Pennant, Cardiganshire, Wales (Tyngwndwn) d. 11 Jun 1818 Ty'n Y Gwndwn, Cardiganshire, South Wales I wonder if this was the only cottage on the farm? His wife was Elizabeth Davies b. 1774 Llanrhystud, Cardiganshire, Wales d. 19 Aug 1829 Llanbadarn Trefeglwys near Pennant, Wales. At least 2 of their 9 children were born here."
By: Marian

Photo: MAESGLAS, Abergwesyn Mountain Road, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 17th September 2013
Comment: "Maes Glas used to be my closest neighbour when I was the Easter and Summer warden of Tyncornel Youth Hostel in the 1960/1970's. I used to treck over there on a pony and they would give me a loaf of freshly made bread. It used to be a Pony Trecking Centre when I lived up there."
By: Peter Natt

Photo: PEN-BRYN-RHYG, Stags Head, Ceredigion 2013
Date: 03rd September 2013
Comment: "Had no idea that these places even existed. Thank you for opening our eyes."
By: Tim Roberts

Photo: BLAEN MYHERIN, Devil’s Bridge, Ceredigion 2011
Date: 05th August 2013
Comment: "Thank you for the opportunity to see these photos. Our 3x Great Grandparents were living there in 1861 (census) We've known this for many many years but could never make out the farm 'Name' on the census until very recently. We hope to go soon and take a look ourselves - before it's too late!"
By: Mary Wheeler

Photo: NANTYCAE, Hafod, Pontrhydygroes, Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion 2007
Date: 02nd July 2013
Comment: "Roger and Linda have a special place in my heart. I am sad for Linda, who always had great love for Roger, and she gave much love and understanding to me. I send her, and her sons, any necessary healing, and my love."
By: Jane Foley

Photo: TAI'N COED, Nantcwnlle, Ceredigion 2011
Date: 11th June 2013
Comment: "Very interesting, my family owned this in 19th century. Thanks for a lovely site."
By: Ian

Photo: BEUDIAU, Lampeter, Ceredigion 2009
Date: 05th June 2013
Comment: "Most of the big chimney has been knocked down recently. It is such a shame to see it being left neglected like this. I do remember people living here in the early 70s."
By: Enid Heneghan

Photo: MAESGLAS, Abergwesyn Mountain Road, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 29th April 2013
Comment: "Hi Paul, lovely pictures. can't believe why people would just get up and leave these places. do any coe up for sale or can you just claim squatters rights lol!! its a shame these lovely buildings go to ruin"
By: paul sweet

Photo: PANT-Y-BARWN, Lledrod, Ceredigion 2012
Date: 09th April 2013
Comment: "We are restoring this house to live in, slow and steady aptly describes it but aim to move in by late 2013."
By: Mick Taylor

Photo: GARREGLWYD, Elenydd, Pontrhydyfendigaid, Ceredigion 2011
Date: 27th February 2013
Comment: "This is really interesting as I believe this is the ancestral home of my great great paternal grandparents."
By: Ricky LLOYD

Photo: TYNGRAIG, Devil's Bridge, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 20th January 2013
Comment: "No, the house was called Tyngraig and has been empty since the late 1950's. Used to be whitewashed with a blue corrugated garage to the left and a pig sty further away. Cow shed was attached to the right. Sad to see it in such a state."
By: WM

Photo: TYNGRAIG, Devil's Bridge, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 04th January 2013
Comment: "house was called Tyn y Graig"
By: aj

Photo: GLAN MARCHNANT, Ysbyty Ystwyth, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 01st October 2012
Comment: "This House was named Dolgroes and has been empty for a long time"
By: Mair Morgan

Photo: PRIGNANT UCHAF, Devil’s Bridge, Ceredigion 1996
Date: 30th August 2012
Comment: "Hi Rita, If you have any more information regarding this building then please can you send them to me it would be good to find out more as my ancesters lived there for years."
By: Gwen Peacock.

Photo: RHOS, Ysbyty Ystwyth, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 27th August 2012
Comment: "I Would be very greatful if anyone has more information on Rhos or Ty Newydd to get in touch with me as my mum and dad lived there for a few months after they got married."
By: Gwen Peacock.

Photo: RHOS, Ysbyty Ystwyth, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 25th August 2012
Comment: "MY ancesters lived in Rhos changed to ty NEWYDD and back yo Rhos.They were my father Davio John Evans and also his parents and great and great grandparents ."
By: Gwenda Peacock.

Photo: UNKNOWN, Llangwyryfon, Ceredigion 2012
Date: 22nd July 2012
Comment: "Paul, Love this site, love your photography and love your subject matter. I've visited a couple of your subjects myself over the years. Incidently,your photograph titled "House at Cwm Rheidol Mine" I believe is in fact the "Cwm Rheidol Zinc Mine Captains Office". Excellent work. Gray"
By: Gray

Photo: TREFENTER CHAPEL & CHAPEL HOUSE, Trefenter, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 22nd July 2012
Comment: "When I first came to Wales to live, in 1973, I rented this house, and stayed there until 1976. Rent was £3 a week! It had electricity and water, but that was about all. The chapel was then in fairly regular Sunday use, altho' congregations were tiny ... sometimes the preacher would sit in his car for an hour waiting inj vain for someone to come, then eventually drive off. Funerals were occasionally held, and it was part of the deal that my kitchen was used for making tea. Uneaten sandwiches and cake were left for me, by way of recompense! The house was cold and damp, but I was busy being a hippie, so I wasn't overly concerned. It's sad to see the house unused, but it seems unlikely that it can ever be resurrected for habitation: there's a road on 2 sides, the vestry adjoins on another side, and the graveyard comes right up to the back door, so there's simply nowhere to site the necessary septic tank. A shame, as it's a solid well-built house ... Perhaps if the chapel falls into complete disuse, the entire complex of buildings might become available, but I fear it may become ruinous sooner rather than later. And Trefenter is a VERY odd village, and a strange place to live ... In 1976 I moved to an inaccessible and idyllic semi-ruinous cottage called Maes Mynach, atop a mountain above Cilcennin, and endured 4 years there, before I decided I'd really had enough of living with a chemical toilet. Happy(ish) days."
By: Andrew Hawkey

Photo: UNKNOWN, Llangwyryfon, Ceredigion 2012
Date: 06th July 2012
Comment: "I was interested to see this as my GreatGrandfather John Rowlands lived at Trewen Fach in 1841"
By: ivor m thomas

Photo: CHAPEL AND CHAPEL HOUSE, Bethania, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 17th June 2012
Comment: "nice to be acknowledged"
By: Underestimated

Photo: PEN-CNWC, Cilcennin, Ceredigion 2011
Date: 12th June 2012
Comment: "I remember visiting Pencnwc every Saturday afternoon in my childhood to vist Daniel Jones , his daugher Sal which was a spinster and Tommy who was married and lived at Gwelfro Ciliau Aeron The Farm was sold to a neighbouring farm in 1969 -70 after Daniel Jones died and Sal moved to a bungalow in Ciliau aeron Since they moved I have never been there and it is very sad to see the house in this condition as it was kept imaculate with the Jones'es which they white washed it yearly and it was their pride and joy . I understand that the farmhouse is being renovated now and I can't wait to pay a visit and bring back happy memories ."
By: Gwen

Photo: H****** ****, Llangwyryfon, Ceredigion 2012
Date: 30th April 2012
Comment: "this farm has been in my wife's family for many years. the last occupant ( a daughter) is untraceable but we believe still in the area."
By: nigel evans

Photo: PENGLAIS FACH, Aberystwyth Golf Course, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 27th April 2012
Comment: "i think it belongs to our family as we sold the golf links land and retained all buildings on it"
By: williams

Photo: PRIGNANT UCHAF, Devil’s Bridge, Ceredigion 1996
Date: 24th February 2012
Comment: "My late husband was evacuated to Prignant for the duration of the war and it was a hard life on the farm. The farmer was named Thomas Emmanuel. I am actually going to visit Prignant with my family in July."
By: Rita

Photo: PEBYLL, Llanddewi Brefi, Ceredigion 2011
Date: 14th January 2012
Comment: "My grand mother used live there when I was about six years old I am now nearly 72"
By: drichards

Photo: NANTYCAE, Hafod, Pontrhydygroes, Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion 2007
Date: 28th December 2011
Comment: "I only learned today sadly of Roger's passing away. I was lucky enough to be on the same ATC course as Linda and Roger in Birmingham - along with loads of other great people during 1962/3. It proved a wonderful vintage year. Roger and Linda feature in my very fond memories of that year. Roger's "kool" playing and singing - in the brilliant flat pick style of Ramblin Jack Elliott - made him a star amongst us. I well recall that camp fire evening when a certain dramatic inccident confirmed the 'bonding' of Linda and Roger! If you're reading this Linda ( or anyone else from that superb year ) it would be nice to hear from you - either via e-mail: Don@donfaulkner.co.uk . I always have and always will hold Roger in high esteem untill I too join him in the eternal ether. Be good to hear from you Linda. Lots of love. Don"
By: Don Faulkner

Photo: HOUSE BY BONT GLAN MARCHNANT, Ysbyty Ystwyth, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 26th December 2011
Comment: "Looking at House by Bont Glanmarchnant, you surmise that the wall with four windows is the rear of the house. The first house I lived in had four windows at the front, and the main, and only door on the side of the house by the fireplace."
By: Enid Heneghan

Photo: NANTYCAE, Hafod, Pontrhydygroes, Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion 2007
Date: 23rd December 2011
Comment: "I've only recently heard about Roger's death.Imet him& Linda when we were all studentsin Birmingham (1962-63)I have happy memories of that time & later when I & my husband& children visited them at Tregaron. We lost touch after the early 70s. So nice to find this tribute on the net. Am sad for linda and her loss. Roger stood out from most of the other students; great style - clad in black, blond hair & beard , & smoking those liquorice paper roll-ups! Played a mean guitar too. RIP"
By: mary Lowerson

Photo: HENDRE FELIN, Ysbyty Ystwyth, Ceredigion 2011
Date: 03rd December 2011
Comment: "Were you granted permission to enter the house ?"
By: Gill

Photo: CAERMEIRCH, Hafod, Ceredigion 2003
Date: 23rd October 2011
Comment: "how do i find out if the last occupier was Mrs P Fowler for CAERMEIRCH, Hafod, Ceredigion"
By: janine daws

Photo: BLAEN MARCHANT, Ffair Rhos, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 31st August 2011
Comment: "Hi there, is this Blaen ruin situated in Upper Blaen, Olchon Valley? Thanks :)"
By: Helen James

Photo: NANTYCAE, Hafod, Pontrhydygroes, Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion 2007
Date: 30th April 2011
Comment: "we were lifelong friends of Roger and Linda and loved looking at your web site. For ten years we owned a cottage in Bethania and spent every holiday there. We will be at the mmemorial day at Hafod on 28th to remember the great influence Roger had on our lives and the extraordinary times we shared"
By: kathy webster

Photo: BEUDIAU, Lampeter, Ceredigion 2009
Date: 09th April 2011
Comment: "I remember a family with at least two children living at Beudiau in 1974-1976. I left school in 1976, so I don't know how long after they were there. The school bus would come from Cribyn and pick them up."
By: Enid Heneghan

Photo: CWMYSTWYTH LEAD MINES, Ceredigion 1993
Date: 28th August 2014
Comment: "I am researching my wife's family part of which originated at Cwmystwyth. Most most of her ancestors were lead miners at Cwmystwyth from, at least, the 1700s, one building a squatter's cottage. In my investigations I have come across your website and wonderful photographs and I would just like to say I very impressed. They are very redolent of a harder, bleaker time. We will be returning to Cwmyswyth and your photographs will make look at the landscape with a different insight."
By: Robert West

Photo: GREENACRES, Lampeter, Ceredigion 2014
Date: 31st July 2014
Comment: "I spent the first six years of my life in this house 1973-1979. I have very happy memories. The sandpit my Dutch great uncle built is still in the garden, though overgrown. Is this house going to be available for sale do you know? It would be my dream to purchase it."
By: Daniel Emlyn-Jones

Photo: CUB SCOUT HUTS, Devil's Bridge, Ceredigion 2010
Date: 04th May 2013
Comment: "I was with a group of kids from Holland Park School here in 1976, I had assumed that because they were in regulation green paint they had belonged to ILEA. They then went out of use when ILEA was disbanded in 1990."
By: Ian

Photo: PONT LLANIO MILK FACTORY, Llanio, Ceredigion 2011
Date: 03rd December 2012
Comment: "The place is a miracle of survival. We are launching a feasibility study to see whether it could be saved as a Dairy Heritage Centre, operational railway, Roman bath-house story, The Swagman Tales, all linked by an extended Ystwyth Trail?"
By: Peter Lloyd Harvey

Photo: BONT GOCH OLD SHOP, Ceredigion 2011
Date: 30th August 2012
Comment: "This shop was built c.1906, and was a thriving village shop run by my grandfather, James Pearce Evans. It was the 'supermarket' of its day, selling everything that was needed in a rural community. The shop was closed in September 1963, owing to family bereavement. It was sold in July 1965, and the gentleman who bought it then has been living there ever since."
By: Carys Briddon

Photo: BONT GOCH OLD SHOP, Ceredigion 2011
Date: 22nd July 2012
Comment: "My father in law Bryan Davies used to live in this shop. Run by his family during 1940s."
By: Jon jersey

Photo: ORFA DDU, Cilcennin, Ceredigion 2011
Date: 28th September 2011
Comment: "I think this cottage is Orfa Ddu. Plas Bach is further up the road on the right. I was brought up half way between this place and Pencnwc which also appears in your gallery. Yes I can remember using the Ty Bach. Spent many a Saturday afternoon at Pencnwc visiting Daniel Jones ,Sal, Tommy and Donald y gwas and latter Ken y Gwas. Happy DAYS"
By: jane downes


CARMARTHENSHIRE:
MANSIONS & FARMHOUSES...


Photo: CLYN GLAS, Alltwalis, Carmarthenshire 2014
Date: 19th August 2014
Comment: "Like your photos of ruined houses -very interesting and the adage if only walls could talk is so true. The Leri Mill is amazing. I come across many ruins and dilapidated houses on my walks. The unknown house in Alltwalis is called Clyn Glas."
By: Alan Richards

Photo: PENDRE, Alltwalis, Carmarthenshire 2014
Date: 06th August 2014
Comment: "This house belongs to my family."
By: Caryl Davies
E-mail: No email given
Status: Active

Photo: PENDRE, Alltwalis, Carmarthenshire 2014
Date: 06th August 2014
Comment: "This house belongs to my family."
By: Caryl Davies

Photo: PENDRE, Alltwalis, Carmarthenshire 2014
Date: 06th August 2014
Comment: "This house belongs to my family."
By: Caryl Davies
E-mail: No email given
Status: Active

Photo: TEGFYNYDD, Llanfallteg, Carmarthenshire 1996
Date: 29th July 2014
Comment: "Is this house still standing and if so, are people allowed to visit it?"
By: Mike

Photo: BLAEN BLODAU, New Inn, Carmarthenshire 2009
Date: 25th April 2014
Comment: "Hi Beautiful pics - are you able to walk up to the mansion in the day and take pics? If permission is needed,who do I ask? Any assistance greatly received. Lv C"
By: Cerys Cooke

Photo: NEUADD FAWR, Cil-y-Cwm, Carmarthenshire 201
Date: 08th March 2014
Comment: "I spent many happy years here when it was a school during the war. Westciff School, Weston super Mare was evacuated here. My mother and younger members of the family had evacuated to Llanwrtyd Wells. It was the nearest school for my sister and I."
By: Barbara Morgan

Photo: MAESGWYNNE BARN, Llanboidy, Carmarthenshire 2001
Date: 17th February 2014
Comment: "The stone barns that were in a bad state of repair have been preserved, as has the small cottage described here as servants quarters. Far from being demolished it is now a 3bedroomed family home. Unfortunately the mansion was delisted and a demolition order put on it because it was in such a dangerous condition. The crater that you saw is now a pond, and was once where the mansion cellars were."
By: Chris Murrell

Photo: BRYN-EGLWYS-FACH, Pumsaint, Carmarthenshire 2012
Date: 08th February 2014
Comment: "My family lived and worked here in 1900... James Jones and his son Jonathan Jones."
By: Kerrie Jones

Photo: PEMBREY CWRT / COURT FARM, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire 2009
Date: 14th December 2013
Comment: "It's a real shame when I see things like this going to ruin. CADW listed my house as its an original shape only. This has historical heritage importance. Put it back to its former glory hopefully one day."
By: Steve Othen

Photo: PEMBREY CWRT / COURT FARM, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire 2009
Date: 25th November 2013
Comment: "it looks goood can i have it for 1 pound"
By: jordan

Photo: EDWINSFORD, Talley, Carmarthenshire 2004
Date: 13th November 2013
Comment: "My husband's mother stayed at this mansion when she was a young woman, probably in the 1930s, at which time I think a relative of hers may have lived there. I have a Welsh quilt that she gave me and which she told me came from Edwinsford."
By: shelley day sclater

Photo: TY NEUADD HOUSE, Llanybydder, Carmarthenshire 2010
Date: 30th October 2013
Comment: "It is rude and dangerous to post an old woman's house up on the internet. You should take these photos of Ty Neuadd House off your site until you know if it becomes unoccupied. It is one thing to show empty derelict houses but it is a nasty thing to put photos of an old woman's occupied house on the web. She deserves her privacy no matter what."
By: Dai Davies

Photo: MAESGWYNNE SERVICE QUARTERS, Llanboidy, Carmarthenshire 2001
Date: 29th July 2013
Comment: "My great grandmother Susannah Jammes was listed as a washerwoman maid on a census living at Maesgwynne Upper Lodge she was 13 years old."
By: Cheryl Davies

Photo: TY NEUADD HOUSE, Llanybydder, Carmarthenshire 2010
Date: 13th June 2013
Comment: "yes this house is still occupied by miss anne williams,shes not nasty at all shes just excenteric ive know her and her house for a long time as i used to be her gardener and driver its a shame the house is in ruins i offered to buy the place a few years ago but she would not sell as it has a lot of good memories for her bye the way did you ask her permission to take photos of her house i hope you did or she might sue,she is still a majistrate last time i heard."
By: mr x

Photo: ISCOED, Ferryside, Carmarthenshire 1996
Date: 21st May 2013
Comment: "I sit regularly on Llanstephan beach with my binos and wonder what it would have been like. Its a beautiful setting if only we won the lottery !!!!!"
By: Paula

Photo: EDWINSFORD, Talley, Carmarthenshire 2004
Date: 07th May 2013
Comment: "walk from the picnic area to the river and walk along track opposite Mill Lodge around to the right, down to the left bend in the river which faces the bridge and on Bank Holiday early May 2013 - amazed NOT to see the usual chimney 'bits' remaining from mansion. also, very dismayed to find that vast slumping of river bank by Mill Lodge, with new collection of boulders - large from an old building? - on edge of river at aforementioned bend before bridge. general look of river has dramatically changed for the worse, and if that wasn't enough to shock and dismay: not to see the remnants of the fine mansion. What is going on?"
By: David King

Photo: ISCOED, Ferryside, Carmarthenshire 1996
Date: 20th April 2013
Comment: "Iscoed was the house that Sir Thomas Picton retired to after the Peninsula War and he left it to serve under Wellington at Waterloo where he died leading a bayonet charge. He is no fashionable now because of his actions when a colonial governor in Trinidad."
By: H DICKENS

Photo: EDWINSFORD, Talley, Carmarthenshire 2010
Date: 04th April 2013
Comment: "My mother, Cora Rogers, taught at Edwinsford during the 2nd world war. The Jewish boys school had been evacuated from Brighton and located at Edwinsford. My mother taught French there during the war years, and related many happy occasions to me. I know that the years she spent at Edwinsford we extremely happy and memorable. I have visited Tally area over the years and, feel saddened to see Edwinsford in a state of disrepair. I would be so happy to hear from anyone who may remember my mother, Cora Rogers, and have some memories of her at this time of her life. Babs Sketchley."
By: Babs Sketckley

Photo: TY NEUADD HOUSE, Llanybydder, Carmarthenshire 2010
Date: 18th March 2013
Comment: "I know the lady that lives there and have recently been inside. It is tidy and clean, though barely furnished. She has commissioned me to find a reliable builder to start renovation work."
By: Harry

Photo: ISCOED, Ferryside, Carmarthenshire 1996
Date: 06th March 2013
Comment: "I was born in kidwelly november 1943 I feel sad that such a great building is neglected by CADW and the like and deserves a better future."
By: Dave Ham

Photo: TEGFYNNYDD, Llanfallteg, Carmarthenshire 1996
Date: 15th February 2013
Comment: "Once went to see this ruin in the mid 70's.Truly incredible architecture!"
By: Angus Scourfield

Photo: TEGFYNYDD, Llanfallteg, Carmarthenshire 2009
Date: 30th January 2013
Comment: "What is the postcode for this location in Carmarthenshire ?? Thanks"
By: Jess

Photo: LLANGENNECH PARK HOUSE, Llangennech, Carmarthenshire 2005 View photo
Date: 31st December 2012
Comment: "Having stumbled upon these derelict buildings over the Christmas break I was shocked to find so many just falling apart something like LOTTERY MONEY should be put to one side and bring them back to life, also giving our builders some thing to do in these poor times for them."
By: colin benson

Photo: GWDIG / GOODIG, Burry Port, Carmarthenshire 2009
Date: 29th November 2012
Comment: "My cousin's wedding reception was held at the Goodig Hotel in December 1972. As I recall, the building was badly damaged by a fire before I left Burry Port in 1983 and never re-opened."
By: Gareth Owens

Photo: ISCOED, Ferryside, Carmarthenshire 1996 View photo
Date: 17th November 2012
Comment: "Superb building, someone should renovate and occupy this for posterity."
By: Lindy Kelly

Photo: ABERGLASNEY, Llangathen, Carmarthenshire 1995
Date: 16th September 2012
Comment: "Hey, all these photos are incredible - can you give an exact location of all the ones in this album and some others? as i'm really interested in doing a music video here!:) thankyou!"
By: Charlotte

Photo: TY NEUADD HOUSE, Llanybydder, Carmarthenshire 2010
Date: 11th August 2012
Comment: "i live in llanybydder and ofer the past few yers my grandmother and grandffather sceard me of her becouse shes quiet nasty shes well nown in llanybydder we piesd throug two front windows"
By: michael

Photo: MAESGWYNNE SERVICE QUARTERS, Llanboidy, Carmarthenshire 2001
Date: 31st July 2012
Comment: "My great grandmother, Annie Sedger, was a servant at Maesgwynne Mansion around 1895. Does anyone know if there are any remaining records relating to the mansion, servants, function etc. I am working through my family tree and my great grandfather might have been a visitor or butler there at some point around 1895. Many thanks, if you can help."
By: Diane Graham

Photo: EDWINSFORD, Talley, Carmarthenshire 2004
Date: 07th July 2012
Comment: "I was born in 1943 in Brocin Farm, approx 1 mile from Edwinsford Mansion. I remember Talley school sports days being held in the grounds in front of Edwinsford by the banks of the Cothi, in the early fifties."
By: Ken Davies

Photo: EDWINSFORD, Talley, Carmarthenshire 2004
Date: 19th June 2012
Comment: "about this article i just said that"great"nice docoumentory."
By: Photo enlargements

Photo: TY NEUADD HOUSE, Llanybydder, Carmarthenshire 2010
Date: 15th June 2012
Comment: "My partner lives in Llanybydder. Believe it or not this house is still occupied. a lady (know locally as Miss Anne) lives there."
By: David

Photo: LLWYNYWORMWOOD, Myddfai, Carmarthenshire 1996
Date: 12th April 2012
Comment: "Pity to see my GGG Grandfather's house in such a state. Can not understand why his grand daughters abandoned it after disposition of their father's {Sir Erasmus Griffies-Williams) estate."
By: Joseph Carter

Photo: TEGFYNYDD, Llanfallteg, Carmarthenshire 1996
Date: 08th March 2012
Comment: "Great photo and a beautiful house still...any details on ownership and if it would be up for sale? Thankyou"
By: karen

Photo: EDWINSFORD, Talley, Carmarthenshire 2004
Date: 11th February 2012
Comment: "I have a photo of the house taken in 1993, it plants on a summer day. It is a very pretty picture"
By: Amy Thomas

Photo: EDWINSFORD, Talley, Carmarthenshire 2004
Date: 20th January 2012
Comment: "Hi. I wander to you have any contact email/phone number/address for the owners of edwinsford, i am in the prosess of wrighting a book and would so much love to feacher photoes of edwinsford in its current state in the book. regards"
By: Timothy James

Photo: ISCOED, Ferryside, Carmarthenshire 1996
Date: 11th November 2011
Comment: "I was born in nearby Kidwelly in 1943, I never knew this building existed thank heavens for the informative internet. Where do I find out more?"
By: David Ham

Photo: GWDIG / GOODIG, Burry Port, Carmarthenshire 2009
Date: 17th October 2011
Comment: "Hi, Can you tell me who you seen about getting permission to go the Goodig Farm land in Burry Port South Wales? Any help you have would be great! Cheers, Liam"
By: Liam

Photo: EDWINSFORD, Talley, Carmarthenshire 2010
Date: 11th September 2011
Comment: "I was staying in the nearby village of LLansawel whilst fishing the River Cothi last week (2 - 9 Sep). Though my priority was salmon fishing, I couldn't help being in awe of the old building, and it seemed such a shame that it was in such a state. I learned from the new owner of Edwinsford Estate that a preservation order was in place - not for renovation - it will now unfortunately stay in it's present state and be allowed to crumble. I didn't get any photos unfortunately, but decided to do some research upon my return home, hence this email. Thank you for the chance to see the place again. Best Regards, Brian Evans"
By: Brian Evans

Photo: LLANGENNECH PARK HOUSE, Llangennech, Carmarthenshire 2005
Date: 07th August 2011
Comment: "hi just been reading about cwrt farm and park house i believe from stories being told in my childhood that my ancestors lived in cwrt farm pembrey also im not sure whether park house llangennech was ever turned into a nursing house in many later years as i worked there very interesting reading"
By: charmain butler pontardulais

Photo: GWDIG / GOODIG, Burry Port, Carmarthenshire 2009
Date: 17th July 2011
Comment: "This was once one of the best hotels in the area it was said to be haunted by a chambermaid who had a still born child in one of the attic bedrooms and then hung herself. Bonnie Tyler appeared in the large function room at the side of the old house the bar was as you walked in it was cosy and there were always old men sat in a corner playing drafts or cards."
By: adele shaw

Photo: NEUADD FAWR, Cilycwm, Carmarthsnhire 1996
Date: 06th July 2011
Comment: "Paul, thank you. I lived in Cilycwm as a child and roamed the Hall grounds at will. When I first knew it, it was still in some kind of use (a youth hostel?). You've brought my childhood back!"
By: Judith Evans

Photo: NEUADD FAWR, (VICTORIAN BARN FACADE) Cilycwm, Carmarthenshire 2011
Date: 05th July 2011
Comment: "My wife and I intend visiting this property this year and would appreciate directions as to the location. The property was once owned by a relative and we would love to visit. We have numerous photos of the house as it was 100 years ago and in prime condition."
By: John Noble

Photo: MAESGWYNNE SERVICE QUARTERS, Llanboidy, Carmarthenshire 2001
Date: 10th June 2011
Comment: "Ref the Maesgwynne servants quarters you mention, this is far from demolished, it is now being restored and will be living accommodation. if you send me your email I will send you a photo. Rob."
By: Rob Churchill

Photo: TY NEUADD HOUSE, Llanybydder, Carmarthenshire 2010
Date: 17th May 2011
Comment: "I was so thrilled to see the photo of Ty neuadd house,Iam researching my family tree.I was born in Llanybyther.My grandmother on my mothers side of the family was a daughter of David and Mary Davies she was born in Maesygaer Llanybydder, the next daughter Mercy May was born in Ty Neuadd 1890 a year after the house was built.When I go back to the village one of the first places i take a look at is this sad old house.Yes it is still occupied by a single lady.Would like to take a photo of the plaque!!!!!"
By: elizabeth stevens

Photo: ABERGLASNEY, Llangathen, Carmarthenshire 1995
Date: 27th February 2011
Comment: "Wonderful photographs we have spent lots of our time building ruins or mending them we thought of buying edwinsford years ago,,,,,,, what is it like now?? Love to meet you perhaps you still live in Bristol I am no good at this machine so look forward to talking Julian. 01179 610593"
By: Julian bannerman

Photo: ABERGLASNEY, Llangathen, Carmarthenshire 1995
Date: 14th February 2011
Comment: "I found your site by chance looking for pictures of Edwinsford.What beautiful photos & such an important record of so many houses before they disappear altogether! So sad to see them now, except Aberglasney(so interesting to see it before restoration)Can't help finding ruins very romantic! Thank you!"
By: Jacqueline Rostron

Photo: NEUADD FAWR, Cil-y-Cwm, Carmarthenshire 2010
Date: 17th December 2010
Comment: "My great uncle or his family are previous owners of this property and I have several photographs of the house, stables and grounds in its former glory. We also have some internal photos of the main hall. One of these shows a painting that hung in my uncles sitting room here in the house that we now live in. We would love to visit the property and would appreciate any further information you may have. Regards John and Patricia Noble"
By: John Noble

Photo: LLANGENNECH PARK HOUSE, Llangennech, Carmarthenshire 2005
Date: 09th November 2010
Comment: "I was brought up in Llangennech and remember Park House, Park Farm and Llangennech House (all in the same glorious parkland) before the new housing development was built. It was an absolute disgrace that they had permission to build there. The history surrounding the estate goes back hundreds of years. If you take a trek up the hill, across the new link road, and into the field that has two or three square groves of old trees, in one os those groves you will find a huge marble swimming pool that the gentry who lived there used for bathing in summer! So much history and archirecture swallowed by a rash of red bricked, mock tudor monstrosities."
By: Nic Daniels

Photo: GELLIDEG, Llandyfaelog, Carmarthenshire 2010
Date: 08th November 2010
Comment: "My 3xgreatgrandparents are on the 1841 Census,place,Gellideg.I note that the mansion was not built until 1852.Do you happen to know if there was a house there before? Great photos."
By: Jill

Photo: EDWINSFORD, Talley, Carmarthenshire 2004
Date: 25th September 2010
Comment: "During the ww2, Edwinsford was the home of Wittingheame College of Brighton. My grandparents met whilst working there during this time."
By: Charis Holmes

Photo: NEUADD FAWR, Cil-y-Cwm, Carmarthenshire 2010
Date: 22nd September 2010
Comment: "Rumour has it that Prince Charles tried to buy this property, before the one he has now renovated in Myddfai, but the farmer wouldn't sell it to him because he wanted to buy the land as well! I'm interested because my grandfather was a groom here and my grandmother in service at the time of their wedding in 1880."
By: CELIA

Photo: GELLIDEG, Llandyfaelog, Carmarthenshire 2010
Date: 13th August 2010
Comment: "Hi, on trying to trace my grandfather John Thomas Bowen, I found that his father George lived at Gellydeg farm aged 63, John 25, Hannah 21 and Sarah 20 They also had a servant Mary Davies 55. If this is the correct family John immigrated, married and died in NZ 1925. I am John Thomas Bowen great grand daughter. Cheers Annette."
By: Annette Anderson

Photo: MAESGWYNNE SERVICE QUARTERS, Llanboidy, Carmarthenshire 2001
Date: 04th August 2010
Comment: "My grandfather was born at Masegwynne forge in 1850,where his father was a blacksmith"
By: brenda fenton

Photo: PEMBREY CWRT / COURT FARM, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire 2009
Date: 13th June 2010
Comment: "stunning pics of Cwrt Farm m8y,,, I will be supervising the clearance of the site before renovations can be started,,, will show these 2the team, thanx paul"
By: chris tomlin

Photo: NEUADD FAWR, Cilycwm, Carmarthsnhire 1996 View photo
Date: 17th May 2010
Comment: "Paul Your misty/grainy photos of Neuadd Fawr (my mother was born there in WW1)are superb. I visited in 09 & am hugely relieved to see that the place still stands! The farmer/current owner with whom you spoke lives in the old Laundry house. At least 30 domestic staff worked in the main house in its heyday. Brgds, Stuart"
By: Stuart Sachs

Photo: PEMBREY CWRT, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire 1997
Date: 19th October 2009
Comment: "what does a photographer know about building restoration? according to the structural engineer [who completed a survey] the building is fully restorable and relatively easy to do so - the walls sound."
By: Gloria

Photo: BLAEN BLODAU, New Inn, Carmarthenshire 2009
Date: 28th August 2009
Comment: "wow,amazing what more can i say,i also bought mr lloyds lost houses of wales,i was looking for a derelict mansion i discovered as a boy living in wales many years ago,not too far from carmarthen,it was a few miles north of whitland on the llanboidy road,i could give you more details if you had time to respond or were interested in more info,keep up the good work steve"
By: steve





BRECKNOCKSHIRE:
MANSIONS & FARMHOUSES...

Photo: Danywern, Glanusk Estate, Crickhowell, Brecknock 2012 View photo
Date: 03rd November 2014
Comment: "I don't think there is reason to think that Danywern was a gamekeeper's house. It was the farmhouse for Danywern Farm. There was a milking parlour just across the yard."
By: John Gibbs

Photo: THE HERMITAGE, Near Llanbedr, Breconshire 2009
Date: 12th September 2014
Comment: "Camped here for the night in January 1991 whilst on final weekend's expedition on Royal Naval Petty Officer Leadership Course."
By: Geoff Morgan

Photo: ABERDUHONW, Builth Wells, Breconshire 2009
Date: 03rd March 2014
Comment: "I believe my grandparents lived in this house in the early 1900s. I have a photo of them standing outside it. A great find for me!"
By: Anne Caulkin

Photo: NANTYSTALWEN, Abergwesyn Mountain Road, Brecknockshire 2010
Date: 11th December 2013
Comment: "What a lovely property - where abouts is it ?"
By: Mark

Photo: THE HERMITAGE, Grwyne Valley, nr Abergavenny, Brecknockshire 2004
Date: 14th June 2013
Comment: "a beautiful inspiring set of prints i have a poem that seems to belong to your prints it captures the micro atmosphere you mention as its about being far from the village and a love affair in times past. thanks you id love to buy a print were do you sell them...."
By: carla murch

Photo: THE HERMITAGE, Grwyne Valley, nr Abergavenny, Brecknockshire 2004
Date: 24th September 2012
Comment: "bnfbfvvfmmvbvvd"
By: goku

Photo: DOL-Y-GAER, Crickhowell, Brecknock 2012
Date: 09th March 2012
Comment: "This website is a true treasure. My friend Stuart Fry told me about you. Thank you so much for sharing your explorations with us. I will be back often."
By: Whitney Brown

Photo: THE HERMITAGE, Near Llanbedr, Breconshire 2009
Date: 14th February 2012
Comment: "Does anyone know who owns The Hermitage and how much grounds there are"
By: karen harris

Photo: THE HERMITAGE, Near Llanbedr, Breconshire 19?? photo
Date: 24th June 2011
Comment: "ever since i was a child i have asked my self why these houses have gone to waste they all tell stories of shock and excitement, history very moving"
By: andrew davies

Photo: THE HERMITAGE, Near Llanbedr, Breconshire 2009
Date: 24th May 2011
Comment: "Paul The archive photograph of the hermitage is taken from the book "Hills and Vales of the Black Mountain district" by Richard Baker-Gabb. Originally published in 1913, it was reprinted in 1993 by Lapridge Publications."
By: Myfanwy

Photo: NANTYSTALWEN, Abergwesyn Mountain Road, Brecknockshire 2010
Date: 24th March 2011
Comment: "My great great grandmother was born and raised at Nantystalwen around the year 1840. I was intrigued to read about the history of the house and to view the place in your photograph as I have never personally been there. I hope to make a visit this year if I can find the place."
By: debra jenkins

Photo: ABERDUHONW, Builth Wells, Breconshire 2009
Date: 03rd May 2010
Comment: "It is a shame this property has remained empty for so long. The owner was my Godmther and I used to play down on the farm when I was small and visited her frequently as I grew up and moved away from Builth. The rooms are very large and have flagstone floors. We mainly stayed in the kitchen where the furniture was big but seemed lost in such a large room. I can remember the staircase, but did not go up it very often. The kitchen is the room to the far right at the front of the property, the room to the right of the porch was a lounge/sitting room, and the room to the left of the porch was the dining room with a huge long dining table. The lounge and dining rooms were very rarely used as the kitchen was the main living area. Everyone congregated around the Aga which was the only form of heating."
By: Wendy Moore




PEMBROKESHIRE:
MANSIONS & FARMHOUSES...

Photo: LLANSTINAN HOUSE, Llanstinan, Nr Fishguard, Pembrokeshire 2009
Date: 09th December 2014
Comment: "Hi,I was born in this house in April 1942. My parents were evacuated there and have spoken about the fire caused by a lady throwing her husbands whisky bottle on their fire, setting fire to the chimney. They told me about the two soldiers who raised the alarm and carried out rescue work saving my elder brother and sister. Another brother was born just after the fire in a converted farm building owned by a Mr & Mrs Harris. Les Collier"
By: leslie collier

Photo: LLETHR, Bawdy, Pembrokeshire 2011
Date: 26th September 2014
Comment: "its an interesting house, how can it just be left for ruin"
By: cameron

Photo: COURT / CWRT, Llanychaer, Pembrokeshire 2010
Date: 25th August 2014
Comment: "Hi! What a great image! I was just wondering if you'd be able to give me the address for this place as i'd really like to do a photo shoot there? Please get back to me!"
By: Ryan

Photo: LLANSTINAN HOUSE, Llanstinan, Nr Fishguard, Pembrokeshire 2009
Date: 05th May 2014
Comment: "this symmons family are my ancestors I have a considerable family history of the symmons family of pembrokeshire"
By: jean symmons

Photo: COURT / CWRT, Llanychaer, Pembrokeshire 2010 View photo
Date: 16th November 2013
Comment: "It seems that Cwrt is now (as of May this year) being rescued. This, after about 40 years being empty is heartening. I saw some pictures of the house sheathed in scaffolding on an Urbex website post. I have not been able to find more details about who is renovating it, though. All the best, Mark Thomas"
By: Mark THOMAS

Photo: BOULSTON MANOR CHURCH, Uzmaston, Pembrokeshire 2011
Date: 14th October 2013
Comment: "what a beautiful image i have such fascination for the old but this with it ghostly look it just beautiful"
By: tashi

Photo: PLAS CRWN, Llandewi Velvrey, Pembrokeshire 2010
Date: 04th February 2013
Comment: "Ross, you say your fathers family lived their - do you know when that was. Owen their son married a Catherine Mariana, daughter of John Thomas Beynon Would love to see your photo of the old place in all its glory."
By: Lyn George

Photo: LLETHR, Bawdy, Pembrokeshire 2011
Date: 30th January 2013
Comment: "Llethr is at Brawdy, not Bawdy."
By: ceridwen

Photo: SYSTERNE / SISTER'S HOUSE, Minwear Forest, Canaston, Pembrokeshire 200
Date: 09th December 2012
Comment: "Visited the site on 07/12/2012, with it being Winter and the undergrowth died back, its probably the best time to see the full expanse of the site. So sad that its had to fall into the condition its in, are there any photos of it when it was functioning."
By: Sean Crockett

Photo: PLAS CRWN, Llandewi Velvrey, Pembrokeshire 2010
Date: 25th September 2012
Comment: "I visited Plas Crwn as a child in late 70s and early 80s i have pictures of the house before the farmer pulled down back wall, i believe the house was in good order it was the tax that was high and he gutted it. my fathers family lived there and i have picture when the house was in its full glory. I also know there was a tiled pound to the right of the house. Lyn i think my father was related to Catherine."
By: ROSS THOMAS

Photo: BUTTERHILL, St Ishmael's, Pembrokeshire 2005 View photo
Date: 26th August 2012
Comment: "The black and white photography is amazing. I stumbled onto this website whilst researching family tree history and the pictures just capture the essence of all the history I have been reading. Some buildings, whilst ruined are still beautiful and you feel the stories etched into the stonework that they hold."
By: Sam

Photo: PLAS CRWN, Llandewi Velvrey, Pembrokeshire 2010
Date: 27th May 2012
Comment: "seeing these photo's of Plas Crwd is amazing, also i note that photo also appears in May's issue of Pembrokeshire Life. Plas Crwn was occupied by Evan and Catherine George in the 1850's. Evan died in around 1860 and Catherine continued to live there with Owen (their son) and workers for the farm. For info Evan's father was Thomas George whose brother William was my Great, Great Great Great Grand Father."
By: Lyn George

Photo: LLANSTINAN HOUSE, Llanstinan, Nr Fishguard, Pembrokeshire 2005
Date: 05th May 2012
Comment: "I have fallen in love with your site, your photos are absolutely breathtaking. Thank you so very much for sharing these wonderful places, makes me feel like I am there..."
By: Sharon

Photo: SYSTERNE / SISTER'S HOUSE, Minwear Forest, Canaston, Pembrokeshire 200
Date: 27th February 2012
Comment: "The whole complex now sadly over grown and undistinguishable from out side the fencing"
By: David

Photo: LANDSHIPPING HOUSE, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire 2010
Date: 08th February 2012
Comment: "You're welcome :-) For more pictures and information about the restoration you may wish to see my website about the project: landshipping.webs.com"
By: Sarah Hoss

Photo: LLANSTINAN HOUSE, Llanstinan, Nr Fishguard, Pembrokeshire 2009
Date: 29th January 2012
Comment: "amazing to see photo`s of where my family Symmons lived"
By: Charlotte Charles

Photo: LANDSHIPPING HOUSE, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire 2010
Date: 23rd January 2012
Comment: "I saw your excellent photographs and commentary and felt that I needed to correct the impression that the Pembrokeshire National Park Authority had been unwilling to award planning permission to save this derelict structure. This is a tad unfair and inaccurate: the previous owners did in fact successfully obtain planning permission back in the 1990s for the Big House to be renovated as a 7 bedroomed private home and then sold the property when personal circumstances prevented them moving forward with the project. The current owner applied for permission to construct two new build cottages to the rear of the house (using the footprint of an old barn/granary) - with the intention of, (alongside the renovation of two pre-existing cottages) letting the four properties out as holiday cottages, to fund the renovation of the main building. I have to declare an interest: I was a party to this application at the time, though I am no longer involved. The Pembrokeshire National Park Planning Authority in fact awarded permission for these new-builds in 2004 (planning ref NP/04/159) despite their agreed policy to generally resist such new development in sensitive locations; the awarding of this permission undoubtedly significantly increasing the value of the site overall (known as a 'planning gain'.) To date, the new build and cottage refurbishments have not materialised and instead the main house has been the focus of the current development. The previous planning permission regarding the main house was renewed by the planning authority in 2004 (ref: NP/04?579) with 'strings attached' (a detailed Section 106). The fallen-down bow to the right was reconstructed in the Autumn of 2011 but there's a long way to go. Apparently the latest idea is to develop the house as a 9 bedroomed B&B."
By: Sarah Hoss

Photo: LANDSHIPPING HOUSE, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire 2010
Date: 23rd January 2012
Comment: "I saw your excellent photographs and commentary and felt that I needed to correct the impression that the Pembrokeshire National Park Authority had been unwilling to award planning permission to save this derelict structure. This is a tad unfair and inaccurate: the previous owners did in fact successfully obtain planning permission back in the 1990s for the Big House to be renovated as a 7 bedroomed private home and then sold the property when personal circumstances prevented them moving forward with the project. The current owner applied for permission to construct two new build cottages to the rear of the house (using the footprint of an old barn/granary) - with the intention of, (alongside the renovation of two pre-existing cottages) letting the four properties out as holiday cottages, to fund the renovation of the main building. I have to declare an interest: I was a party to this application at the time, though I am no longer involved. The Pembrokeshire National Park Planning Authority in fact awarded permission for these new-builds in 2004 (planning ref NP/04/159) despite their agreed policy to generally resist such new development in sensitive locations; the awarding of this permission undoubtedly significantly increasing the value of the site overall (known as a 'planning gain'.) To date, the new build and cottage refurbishments have not materialised and instead the main house has been the focus of the current development. The previous planning permission regarding the main house was renewed by the planning authority in 2004 (ref: NP/04?579) with 'strings attached' (a detailed Section 106). The fallen-down bow to the right was reconstructed in the Autumn of 2011 but there's a long way to go. Apparently the latest idea is to develop the house as a 9 bedroomed B&B. The property was in fact featured on 'Restoration Home' (BBC) in 2011. As you mentioned, the theory suggested by Mr Watkin Jones, the former co-owner, is that stone from a Jacobean mansion in Landshipping (a mile or so above the river) may well have been recycled to build extensions onto the 'new' house in Sir John's day."
By: Sarah Hoss

Photo: LANDSHIPPING HOUSE, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire 2010
Date: 12th January 2012
Comment: "I find this house very interesting . Something drew me to watch the show that was featuring it, I never saw the show before,then I found out that it was owned by Sir John Owen. It's probably just a coincident but my grandfather came from Wales and his name was Francis Jodrel Owen. It would be great if there was a connection."
By: Denise Saro (nee Owen)

Photo: LANDSHIPPING HOUSE, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire 2010
Date: 23rd October 2011
Comment: "I think that i've seen this on the Grand design series ????????"
By: Emrys wyn Owen

Photo: BUTTERHILL, St Ishmael's, Pembrokeshire 2005
Date: 22nd October 2011
Comment: "I walked past 22-10-11 and very impressed with the roof and external front appearance. This and Dynevor Castle were both virtually written off in the 'Lost Houses of Wales'. I intend to track down more of the same from this book. Any advice?"
By: Nicholas Wort

Photo: BUTTERHILL, St Ishmael's, Pembrokeshire 2005
Date: 20th September 2011
Comment: "I stayed there for a few months in about 1943/4 with my mother. My uncle was in the RAF and I guess my aunt asked us down to esacpe the perils of SE London for a while. I recall the grotto, the italian POW's, a time of harvest with fields of sheaves stacked, weekly visits by bus to the local town (presumably Haverfordwest). My childhood memories of the place are of a pleasant stay."
By: David Shalley

Photo: PLAS CRWN, Llandewi Velvrey, Pembrokeshire 2010
Date: 04th April 2011
Comment: "thanks to mrs Young to allow us to visit this site. it was a delight.Hope she gets her wish to renovate the whole site"
By: roger jones

Photo: COURT / CWRT, Llanychaer, Pembrokeshire 2010
Date: 31st January 2011
Comment: "Found this very interesting as my Grandparents used to talk about this place and the people. I used to go as visitor on school holidays and did not understand the language but remember hearing Court (Cwrt) and Lloyds. Do you know why it is derelict, it seems such a shame."
By: June Weatherburn

Photo: BUTTERHILL, St Ishmael's, Pembrokeshire 2005
Date: 25th November 2010
Comment: "2010 - the main house is progressing well with parts now habitable. Most of the out buildings have now been renovated and are lived in again. Butterhill is once again a thriving community."
By: Dave Percival

Photo: PLAS CRWN, Llandewi Velvrey, Pembrokeshire 2010
Date: 09th August 2010
Comment: "We were somewhat taken aback to see our private property appear on the web! I can confirm that there is no multiple occupancy of the outbuildings - we are the sole owners of Plascrwn. It remains our ambition to restore the property and the gardens to their former glory dependent on planning."
By: Julie Young

Photo: PLAS CRWN, Llandewi Velvrey, Pembrokeshire 2010
Date: 09th August 2010
Comment: "We were somewhat taken aback to see our private property appear on the web! I can confirm that there is no multiple occupancy of the outbuildings - we are the sole owners of Plascrwn. It remains our ambition to restore the property and the gardens to their former glory dependent on planning."
By: Julie Young

Photo: BUTTERHILL, St Ishmael's, Pembrokeshire 2005
Date: 05th December 2009
Comment: "Hi, I have two photographs of the ceiling of the shell grotto at Butterhill House. Perhaps by now you have aleady seen it. Suz"
By: Suzannah




THE GLAMORGANS:
MANSIONS & FARMHOUSES...

Photo: ABERPERGWM, Glyn Neath, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 20th November 2014
Comment: "This house was habitable just 30 years ago.. It shouldnt look any different today. What you see here is sheer vandalism and not natural decay."
By: Big Dave

Photo: ABERPERGWM, Glyn Neath, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 17th October 2014
Comment: "What happened to all the hand cut stone that was left on the floor after the house had to be knocked down for safety sake ?the person who had pigs on it sold it to challengher to build his own house with. shes local called andrea"
By: sally

Photo: GREAT FRAMPTON, Llantwit Major, South Glamorgan 2009
Date: 13th October 2014
Comment: "The property has been sold and is said to be awaiting conversion (Oct 2014)"
By: Mikel

Photo: GREAT FRAMPTON, Llantwit Major, South Glamorgan 2005
Date: 03rd September 2014
Comment: "My Grandfather (Morgan Board) farmed from Frampton for many years prior to his retirement in the late 60s/early 70s and my Father (Donald Board) grew up there. It would be good to see it restored - just wish I could afford to do it myself!!!"
By: Louise Carter (nee Board)

Photo: ABERPERGWM, Glyn Neath, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 22nd July 2014
Comment: "Disgraceful how this beautiful house has been left to rot I hope someone can save what's left, it would make a lovely park in memory of the Williams family ...as My last name is Williams too"
By: Clare

Photo: ABERPERGWM, Glyn Neath, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 22nd May 2014
Comment: "Went to see this yesterday and was shocked to see the state of the place what a shame ,but on a brighter note was taking pictures of the church when the caretakers of said property asked if i would like to see inside what a beautiful church ,they also filled us in on the history of the Estate, the little grave yard. As a visitor i would like to thank them both for their kindness in opening the church for me"
By: Jean Casey

Photo: ABERPERGWM, Glyn Neath, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 28th February 2014
Comment: "My father worked here when it was NCB in the sixties. It seemed such a huge long drive but when I returned as an adult there was not much there. I hope I can recreate it in on a story I am working on. Thanks for the photos"
By: Deb

Photo: BLAEN BAGLAN, Baglan, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 21st February 2014
Comment: "Yes, my family too has links: my great great great great grandfather Lewis Thomas (1735-1817) lived here but I am not sure whether any of his children lived here too, I suspect they may have"
By: alex

Photo: GREAT FRAMPTON, Llantwit Major, South Glamorgan 2005
Date: 19th February 2014
Comment: "my mother Phyllis worked for mrs lewis till she died ;she loved working for here in porthcerry then in framton ,shese now 92 and loves the good memories"
By: roger jones

Photo: GREAT FRAMPTON, Llantwit Major, South Glamorgan 2005
Date: 14th December 2013
Comment: "more please"
By: bunty

Photo: GREAT FRAMPTON, Llantwit Major, South Glamorgan 2009
Date: 16th November 2013
Comment: "does anyone know if this place is still derelict as I would love to photograph it."
By: lor

Photo: ABERPERGWM, Glyn Neath, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 01st October 2013
Comment: "Apparently it was some man named jesset was in charge of caretaking. He allowed this start of the ruing you see today."
By: Paul

Photo: ABERPERGWM, Glyn Neath, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 17th August 2013
Comment: "I have lived in glynneath most of my life I am now 51 and I walk past this house most days and every time without fail I nod my head in disbelief anger and shame that the powers that be has let this piece of history just crumble to the ground I just don't understand why and I most probably never will shame on everyone"
By: Lewis

Photo: RUPERRA CASTLE, Caerphilly, Mid Glamorgan 2005
Date: 11th August 2013
Comment: "Hi, I have some photographs internal and external if you'd like I could email them to you, Kind regards Paulcassemis@googlemail.com"
By: Paul Cassemis

Photo: BLAEN BAGLAN, Baglan, West Glamorgan 2010
Date: 06th August 2013
Comment: "Do you have any photos or information on No2 Farm Row Baglan?"
By: Glenn Dunaway

Photo: RUPERRA CASTLE, Caerphilly, Mid Glamorgan 2009
Date: 24th May 2013
Comment: "Ruperra Castle is very dear to me. It belongs to the local people, who slaved while its owner reaped the benefits."
By: Amanda Cann

Photo: GREAT FRAMPTON, Llantwit Major, South Glamorgan 2005
Date: 21st May 2013
Comment: "I'm a 19 year old creative media student from Bridgend college and I spent 2 full days in May 2013 here filming a short horror/thriller film and I have to say... what a fantastic place it is indeed! I was fascinated with it soon as I saw it. I took a few stills while in between takes so feel free to view them on my Instagram profile @Clapham1994"
By: Jordan Clapham

Photo: ABERPERGWM, Glyn Neath, West Glamorgan 1997 View photo
Date: 31st March 2013
Comment: "I to remember the manor house,when old Harry was the Gardner, the grounds were perfect he would say to us kids you can come on to the grounds but don't walk on the grass the manor was something for glynneath to be proud off our heritage, but someone let a family go in there supposing to look after it .what a laugh they stripped the lead from the roof and that was the start of its dimise so very sad shame on you and look at the state of it now it begs belef...."
By: Nanna

Photo: BLAEN BAGLAN, Baglan, West Glamorgan 2010
Date: 19th March 2013
Comment: "Hello Im an amateur photographer, I was wondering if you could email some more specific directions as i would like to visit this site on the weekend hopefully"
By: steve taylor

Photo: ABERPERGWM, Glyn Neath, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 17th March 2013
Comment: "I can confirm that the house is not owned by the coal board and never was but it is still owned by the Williams family"
By: Anonymous

Photo: SKER HOUSE, Pyle, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 05th February 2013
Comment: "it is also said that sker house is haunted as well and when i was a kid we used to camp in the grounds so if there were goast's in the old house they never showed themselves when we were there heheh."
By: martin

Photo: SKER HOUSE, Pyle, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 05th February 2013
Comment: "do you have any old pictures of the sand dunes across from the angel pub as when i was a child i was told there was the remains of the old sker town and was told the dunes cover it after there was a huge sand blizard. i was also told that the biggest dune has the bell tower from the church under it. was this just a tale or is it fact and if it is true could you get pictures of it."
By: martin

Photo: GREAT FRAMPTON, Llantwit Major, South Glamorgan 2005
Date: 01st February 2013
Comment: "I always have been interested in my Welsh History and the old building which so offen are just torn down. Where I live in Wales our local Council isn't interested in saving any of the old sites. I am enjoying the commontary as I am imagining Richard Burton reading all all this. :) Thank you for the Photo's."
By: natalie hawkes

Photo: SKER HOUSE, Pyle, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 28th January 2013
Comment: "I understand that Sker House would be open to the public by appointment once a year. Is this true please?"
By: heather saunders

Photo: ABERPERGWM, Glyn Neath, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 21st January 2013
Comment: "many happy childhood memories there..ghost hunts, apple picking in the walled garden. my late grandfather Dennis Ahearn, worked as a gardener there many years ago when he came to glynneath from jersey. do you happen to have any photos of the house in all its glory?"
By: Barbie Ahearn

Photo: ABERPERGWM, Glyn Neath, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 21st January 2013
Comment: "hi these pictures are amazing of the aberpergwm house this is how i remember it as a teenager, the grounds have unfortunatly now been turned into a farm not allowing us to take our children for a walk around the house and grounds which many people of glynneath are upset about i was wondering if you have anymore pictures of the aberpergwm mannor house or it you know of a site that i could get them from any information would be greatfully recived and thanks again for the fab pictures that i can show my children"
By: kimberley o'flynn

Photo: GREAT FRAMPTON, Llantwit Major, South Glamorgan 2005
Date: 04th January 2013
Comment: "My mother in law lived here from the 70's until her death in 1989. The most interesting thing about the house was a staircase in the front right corner of the house that went from the ground floor to the top floor, built so swordsmen could descend sword in hand."
By: Dawn Lewis

Photo: RUPERRA CASTLE, Caerphilly, Mid Glamorgan 2009
Date: 02nd January 2013
Comment: "the catles and the ruins are realy good scince i live in south wales i miight go an have a look at these ruins if i can find a way in lol :P"
By: alexander rosser

Photo: ABERPERGWM, Glyn Neath, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 16th November 2012
Comment: "I too agree with previous comments on the state and ruins that once was the envy of all. The NCB should have taken better care of this beautiful house when they used it years ago. Shame on all who could have saved this gem in the Neath valley . I too recal walking through the hous in the early 70's and seeing the beautiful stain glass windows portraying Henry and all his wives, also the beautiful ball room which one could only imagine how wonderful it must have looked in its heyday, what a pity what a shame. If I ever win the lottery this house will be rebuilt."
By: Susan Herbert

Photo: SKER HOUSE, Pyle, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 04th September 2012
Comment: "zejkeèùçe_("
By: fb;djs

Photo: ABERPERGWM, Glyn Neath, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 01st September 2012
Comment: "Just making contact as it seems relevant in my family history. ~What a beautiful house"
By: kaye Caradoc

Photo: ABERPERGWM, Glyn Neath, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 17th July 2012
Comment: "I believe this is the same (BIG HOUSE")my grandmother (rose whitney)took me too in the late forties early fifties I can vaguely remember a conservatory with the venus insect catching plant.I to this day I do notknow the reason for our visit"
By: david henry bartlett

Photo: GREAT FRAMPTON, Llantwit Major, South Glamorgan 2009
Date: 26th June 2012
Comment: "I would love to purchase photographs of Great Frampton. This was my mother's home. Her family lived in this home for years, her father was Morgan T. Board."
By: Linda Dearden

Photo: ABERPERGWM, Glyn Neath, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 20th June 2012
Comment: "Thank you so much for posting these photos and for taking the time to preserve this history for our family. It is so very sad that our Williams heritage in Wales is crumbling, but your photos are a treasure for so many."
By: Karen Williams Thorne

Photo: BLAEN BAGLAN, Baglan, West Glamorgan 2010 View photo
Date: 27th March 2012
Comment: "Morman Ancestral File David Williams, born abt. 1534 of Blaen-Baglan, Glamorgan. father: William ap Jenkin mother: Elizabeth Mathew"
By: Edward Lewis

Photo: BOVERTON PLACE, Boverton, Nr Llantwit Major, Glamorgan 2009
Date: 19th February 2012
Comment: "spookie"
By: amelia white

Photo: BOVERTON PLACE, Boverton, Nr Llantwit Major, Glamorgan 2009
Date: 19th February 2012
Comment: "cool"
By: amelia white

Photo: CANDLESTON CASTLE, Merthyr Mawr, Glamorgan 2009
Date: 22nd January 2012
Comment: "As a boy in Porthcawl in the 1940s, we once organised a hike to the castle. Travelling by bus to Tythegston - I remember an old fashioned working hand water pump by the roadside there - we took the road towards the coast and this soon gave way ,if I remember correctly, to a track or path. We discovered some giant grasshoppers along the way which we were convinced were locusts! The castle then was felt to be a somewhat mysterious and remote location unaffected by any human activity. We had glorious fun in exploring the place and climbing the impressive sand dunes then travelling down again at high speed. We walked home along the sands. A memorable day I was sorry to hear that such a remarkable location and building had been left to the lethal combination of neglect and modern living. The inevitable neighbouring car park provision appears to be the essential of every council for every beauty spot thereby guaranteeing the probable despoliation of what people wish to see! Why dont they 'go green and get healthy' - abolish such places and ensure people walk!(The vandals will never bother!) Yeah likely and no doubt reduce Council Tax too! I enjoyed visiting your site. AD"
By: A Davies

Photo: RUPERRA CASTLE, Caerphilly, Mid Glamorgan 2009
Date: 05th September 2011
Comment: "Hi Paul, I have just been looking at your photo's which i think are great. I only live about 3 miles away from the site & plan to go there this weekend to do some photography. Is it easy to get into?? any pointers would be great. cheers."
By: Dan Mallett

Photo: BLAEN BAGLAN, Baglan, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 13th August 2011
Comment: "Beautiful photo's! our family have 'heritage links' to the property - sadly, we are all in Australia but VERY interested in ANY information anyone has. or would like to share - xxx"
By: Mrs.Trish Lees

Photo: BLAEN BAGLAN, Baglan, West Glamorgan 2010
Date: 20th July 2011
Comment: "Hi There, I was wondering if you could shed some light on who owned this old homestead? I am actually looking for the ruins of an old mansion in Baglan. I believe 1 or 2 miles from Port Talbot. The mansion I am looking for is believed to belong to the Talbot family some long lost ancestor of mine. Having never seen it myself, I have no idea what it looks like, but can you tell me if there are any other ruins in that area? Not sure if your pic is it or there are others? Thanks so much Rosemarie"
By: Rosemarie Robinson

Photo: GREAT FRAMPTON, Llantwit Major, South Glamorgan 2009
Date: 08th July 2011
Comment: "I need to contact the present owner. Have you got an address?"
By: Tracey Inch

Photo: GREAT FRAMPTON, Llantwit Major, South Glamorgan 2005
Date: 30th January 2011
Comment: "I used to hang about in this house when i was a teenager. all the people i was friends with used to go here! was very creepy and at night their were a lot of strange sounds.. i've always been fascinated by the place and have spent many hours looking into its history!"
By: Rosie

Photo: ABERPERGWM, Glyn Neath, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 14th January 2011
Comment: "I remember in early 80's when contractors came to grounds to start work converting the house into a nightclub. It was said they quickly abandoned the idea as non cost effective."
By: S.Johns

Photo: BLAEN BAGLAN, Baglan, West Glamorgan 2010
Date: 27th December 2010
Comment: "We exchanged emails some years back when I bought some of your picures. My Grandmother lived here as a child. I am sorry to see how bad it now is. we discussed y father's family house in Swansea and I,m glad to say he has a photograph although the house is now gone"
By: mark richard

Photo: RUPERRA CASTLE, Caerphilly, Mid Glamorgan 2009
Date: 24th October 2010
Comment: "I always rode my horse through the grounds and always wished i could win some money so i could rebuild the castle i love it i would love to rent the stable block and land but i was gutted when i found out it was for sale it a place i have always wanted"
By: sharon phillips

Photo: RUPERRA CASTLE, Caerphilly, Mid Glamorgan 2009
Date: 15th September 2010
Comment: "Hi Paul, I'm on the board of the S Wales Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, would you be interested in a talk to our group perhaps not just dilapidated Wales but some restorations too? Looking forward to hearing from you. Jacky"
By: Jacky Thorne

Photo: GREAT FRAMPTON, Llantwit Major, South Glamorgan 2005 Date: 12th September 2010
Comment: "While doing FH I came across a Mary Jones who is said to have been born in this house in the 1700s. My Gu (Grandfather) also insisted there was a connection with the house. He came from Sigginstone / Llanmaes. I too have pics of this property taken c2008"
By: ceri Hillier

Photo: ABERPERGWM, Glyn Neath, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 09th August 2010
Comment: "this house was offered to the council for a nominal rent per year of 50p and they could turn it into flats all they had to do was maintain the building"
By: B Williams

Photo: BLAEN BAGLAN, Baglan, West Glamorgan 2010
Date: 22nd July 2010
Comment: "I was so pleased to find your updated news about Blaen Baglan, although upset to find it has deteriorated so much over the last winter. Following discovery of your site last year my uncle and I visited Blaen Baglan as our 3x/4x Gt Grandfather farmed there in the second half of the eighteenth century. It was very emotional as you can probably appreciate to have our photo taken on 'his' front door step. The building was in a very poor stste at that time, but it seems that last winter has taken its toll. The land has been put forward for housing development and there were many people (inc me!) submitting reasons why this should not go ahead but this consultation period has now closed and I await news of the next stage. I just wish I could purchase and rebuild my heritage...not likely to happen, but I feel so strongly that it has been allowed to fall into such disrepair and dereliction without anyone caring. I will stop now as I could go on for ever.. Angela"
By: Angela Benger

Photo: DRUMAU HOUSE, Birchgrove, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 28th June 2010
Comment: "Brilliant- keep it up please"
By: David Lermon

Photo: GREAT FRAMPTON, Llantwit Major, South Glamorgan 2005
Date: 29th October 2009
Comment: "I believe my great grandfather(Thomas Osborn) was born in this place. His mother worked here. Its the first picture and info I have ever seen of it. Thank you for the picture. I would love to know more info on the people who worked here. Is there a listing or anything that could help?"
By: Lynn Kapp

Photo: GREAT FRAMPTON, Llantwit Major, South Glamorgan 2005
Date: 23rd October 2009
Comment: "My great-grandfather was born at Frampton in 1832. We did not know about the observatory. Thank you for adding a piece to the puzzle."
By: sw osborne

Photo: GREAT FRAMPTON, Llantwit Major, South Glamorgan 2005
Date: 23rd October 2009
Comment: "My great-grandfather was born at Frampton in 1832. We did not know about the observatory. Thank you for adding a piece to the puzzle."
By: sw osborne

Photo: BLAEN BAGLAN, Baglan, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 25th August 2009
Comment: "This was my late Grandmother's home as a little girl. Her father was the sitting tenant farmer, family name Key.I do not know when the hose fell derelict, but it was many years after they left in the 1920s I guess. My grandfather took me to see the house as a little boy, some 45 years ago. I would be interested in buying a set of the photographs"
By: mark richard

Photo: ABERPERGWM, Glyn Neath, West Glamorgan 1997
Date: 09th February 2009
Comment: "It is absolutely disgusting that such a beautiful historical house such as Aberpergwm has been allowed to deteriorate in this way. All who have been involved with the house from the owners, the NCB and aslo the authorities should be thoroughly ashamed that it has come to this. I can remember as a young person of the area working for the Forestry Commision helping out there with a function for officials and private landowners. It was beautiful inside and out in the grounds. It could have been used perfectly for a tourist attraction or museum"
By: Roger Harris

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