"Even children enjoy St Fagans" Saint Fagans Travelogue by pattypoo

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The woodland

The Earl of Plymouth owned St Fagans Castle and planted the gardens at the begining of the 20th century, Its a haven for wild birds, and bats and other wild animals, Its a ideal place to visit if you enjoy the open air, come sunshine or rain its a very attractive garden.
There is so much to do and see I have been three times this month and my grandaughter who is just three loves it. I asked her "where shall Nanny take you today Ellie the cinema or St Fagans? she chose st Fagans again and took in everything I told her, including why the little houses had no electricity. Kids love learning..

Cockpit

This original cockpit came from Denbighshire and stood in the yard of the Hawk and Buckle Inn, It was built in the 17th century and re-erected in 1970 at St Fagans.The seating area and fighting stage have been reconstructed. Cock fighting was popular in Wales and crowds gathered at their local pits to watch birds fighting to their deaths
When cock fighting was prohibited this lovely building was left derelict and over the years had been used as a slaughter house and later was used as garage untill its rescue.

St Fagans Castle

A Dr John Gibson a local lawyer began the building of the present house, but may not have ever lived in it. The house and estate were purchased by a Caerphilly man Edward Lewis of Y Fan and both he and his wife Blanche completed many of the internal fittings of the house in 1620.
The initials EBL and the date 1620 can still seen on the panelling on firebacks withing the house.
During the 18th century the house was rented out and was later used as accomodation by local people, including the local school master who held lessons in the drawing room.

Workmen's institute

This working mens hall came from Oakdale and was funded by a loan from the Tredegar Iron and Coal company. The loan was later paid back by the miners who had it taken out of their wages weekly..

The Tollhouse

TheTollhouse was originally buit in Aberystwyth in 1772 and cost just forty pounds to build including its gate. thats more than four times what it cost for a mud and thatch cottage like the Nant Wallter Cottage at St Fagans.

Blaen-Wern post office also re-erected at St Fagans came from Carmarthenshire, it is claimed to be the smallest free standing post office in Wales and was built to serve a small rural community. I was built by Evan Isaac a local stonemason and his Carpenter cousin David William. The post office was ru by Mr Isaac's daughter and her husband.

The Gardens

There are grrenhouses growing grapes, beautiful flowere in high summer, and it really is a delight to vist the gardens at St Fagans any time of the year.

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