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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

More from St. Fagan's

Here are some more of my images from St. Fagan's. I know quite a few of you enjoyed the earlier images I posted, so I hope you'll enjoy these ones, too. The first two images should be of interest to local readers. The old farmhouse depicted is called Kennexstone, and once occupied a site very close to a newer house of the same name, near Llangennith, on the Gower Peninsula. Here's a front view.

This shot shows a rear view. The house was built around 1610, and its exterior walls have been painted an authentic colour for those times. Traditionally, houses were often daubed with a mixture of lime wash and ox blood. This wasn't done simply to make the place look bright and cheery. It was believed that painting such a mixture on the walls of a dwelling, would drive out any evil spirits within, and prevent any more from entering. You can read more about the history of Kennexstone here.

This old pigsty, or twlc moch, as it would be in Welsh, stands near to the old Kennexstone Farmhouse. This particular sty is unoccupied, and appears to be for display only.

Here's another little bit of Welsh tradition - a vegetable patch with a load of leeks growing in it. The leek is one of the traditional emblems of Wales, the daffodil being the other. That poor cabbage looks like the pariah of the veg plot, ostracised to its solitary position at the far edge of the plot.

A short walk away, I came across this old water pump. I can't remember which era it dates from, but it looks at least a couple of hundred years old.

I'll be posting a few more pics from St. Fagan's today, so don't forget to check back.

1 comment:

Dragonstar said...

These are great! I well remember visiting that farmhouse on visits to St Fagans.

Looking forward to more!