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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Amazing grand staircase
Mansell brought in Thomas Hopper as his architect, with instructions to create a Tudor Gothic fantasy. Hopper was encouraged to let his imagination run free, and the result is a Victorian fantasy, a myriad of turrets, towers, battlements and cupolas, gables and pinnacles mixed and matched with abandon, and centred around 3 courtyards. If Mansell had wanted a romantic fantasy castle, he got it.
One visitor Mansell welcomed on more than one occasion was Henry Fox Talbot, his cousin. Fox Talbot, of Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire, was a pioneer of photography, and one of his very early photos shows the south west facade of Margam Castle.
The estate trustees auctioned off much of the castle furnishings in 1941, and the estate was purchased by David Bevan in 1942. However, Bevan never lived at Margam, and allowed the castle to decay until finally selling to the Glamorgan County Council in 1973. It is now owned by the Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and used for conferences and to host events. The grounds have become an extremely popular country park, a huge space for families to stroll and picnic and to view the deer herd that roams the grounds.
At the bottom of the gardens are the ruins of 12th century Margam Abbey, once the largest and richest monastery in Wales. Part of the medieval abbey survives as the parish church, and beside the church is the Margam Stone Museum, with pre-Norman and medieval carved stones from the area.
About Margam Castle
Address: Margam, Gower, Glamorgan, Wales
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 1 mile east of the A48/M4 junction. Nearest postcode SA132TJ. Follow brown signs.
Website: Margam Castle
Phone: 01639 881635
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Margam Stones Museum - 0.6 miles (Museum)
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