Oystermouth Castle

Tuesday afternoon we went down to the castle in Mumbles.  Much in ruin, but loads of barrel vaulting, spiral stairs and much altered buildings.  It was built, and burnt down three times before more peaceful times allowed bigger windows and more relaxed living, but it fell into ruin about 1650, with more recent Swansea Council improvements. Outside the castle we found a stone feature wall with the following carved, ‘A castle in Gower he burnt outright and killed many within it’.

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The tall gable on the left is part of the new extension of the Keep which gave the lord and lady their private solar apartment, very popular in the early 13th century.
For much of out three hours there we outnumbered the staff.

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In the 14th century the lady of the house added a chapel whose big lancet window you might see top right.

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