Swansea Valley home to Wales' newest Scheduled Monument of National Importance
World War Two bunker in Cilybebyll latest scheduled monument listed by CADW
Proud owners of Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages in Cilybebyll, Pontardawe can now lay claim to CADW's latest Scheduled Monument of National Importance.
The World War Two bunker, which is situated in the woods behind the cottages at Plas Farm in the tranquil Swansea Valley is only visible as a slightly-raised area on the surface.
At the north end, the shafts are visible as brick features, no longer hidden by a trap door. There is little doubt that when constructed, it would have been concealed from all but the closest scrutiny.
The interior now has a flooded floor. A winch arrangement on the entrance wall survives, which may have been attached to an aerial for radio communications or to the trap door. An alcove on the east side of the door may have been for the radio equipment.
The occasion for use did not occur and there was some discussion in the latter stages of the war about the future of the bunkers, along with the disbanding of the Auxiliary Units. Although demolition of the sites was proposed, many seem to have been simply abandoned, and survive as monuments in the tranquil landscape of the Swansea and Neath valleys, once viewed as a possible battle zone.
Anyone who has seen 'Resistance' with Michael Sheen will know about such hideouts.
Please note that the bunker is situated on private property, however guests to Mr and Mrs Bowen's self catering farm cottages are able to enjoy a farm walk that leads to the hideout. The bunker can also be viewed by arrangement for non staying visitors.
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