Archaeologists dig in at Swansea Castle for makeover
Experts hope to open up Swansea Castle for everyone to enjoy.
Swansea Castle dates back to the early 12th century and its surviving ruins and green spaces are together recognised as a scheduled ancient monument. Once the work is completed, visitors will be able to roam around the attraction for the first time in decades.
Experts will start with clearing the courtyard area which will reveal the castle's medieval layers. A lighting scheme is also planned, grassed areas will be tidied up and openings to ground floor rooms will be put in place.
The £165,000 funding for the works has come from the Assembly Government's Strategic Regeneration Area programme and historic environment service Cadw. Among the ideas is the potential to regenerate the area around Worcester Place and the Strand to develop a Castle Quarter.
A town hall was located in the area in the front of Swansea Castle in the 16th century before the building later served as a police station, a drill hall and a barracks. The area then made way for a post office in the 1850s before new buildings were added at the start of the 20th century. The building was badly damaged during the Three Nights Blitz of 1941 and was cleared 35 years ago to leave the site we see today.
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Extracted from www.abayoflife.com (external website).