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Swansea Castle is located in the city centre of Swansea, It was founded by Henry de Beaumont in 1107 as the caput of the lordship of Gower. The castle is now ruined and only two blocks remain, though the site has been improved for use as a public space.
Swansea Castle is located on the east side of the city centre, facing Castle Square (the River Tawe used to flow a short distance east on what is now the Strand). Originally covering 4.6 acres, the surviving remains of the castle include residential blocks, together with a section of parapet wall forming an L-shape to the southeast. There are five tunnel-vaulted basement rooms.
Part of the interior of the castle, in particular the large motte, was demolished 1909–1913 for the construction of a newspaper office. In the very early 1930s, poet Dylan Thomas worked for the South Wales Daily Post at the castle site. The newspaper offices were removed in 1976 and the remains of the castle were later consolidated and opened up to view from the street.
As a Scheduled Ancient Monument, it was given a Grade one heritage listing in 1952.
The castle was fenced off and only opened to the public on rare occasions, most recently for public tours in 2012 to coincide with St Davids Day. In the early 2010s a project was launched, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Government, to open up the castle to the public on a more permanent basis with a stone paved courtyard and information panels. Demountable stairs were planned, to access the upper floors. The intention was to have public tours, events such as markets and for the castle to feature as part of a Swansea castle trail.
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More people in Swansea are recycling than ever before with 4 out of 5 households using the kerbside recycling service. The time as now come for all households to play their part.
Why do I need to recycle?
It cost Swansea tax payers £3.5 million a year to send black bags to lanfill, but half of this waste could be recycled saving money which could be spent on other important council services.
The Welsh Goverment has set councils a target to recycle 64% of household waste by 2020. If we fail to meet this target then Swansea Council could face hefty fines.
Recycling your waste diverts it from landfill, saves energy and helps protect the environment for generations to come.
Finally... Not recycling could cost you more than you think! Those houshoulds that continue to ignore support to recycle may end up with a fine.
Swansea Indoor Market
Swansea Market is the largest indoor market in Wales, an award winning, historic market that offers both tourists and residents a unique shopping experience.
For 6 days a week, over 100 stalls boast a wide selection of fresh, local produce and traditional Welsh fayre as well as bespoke gifts, beautiful jewellery and accessories, cosmetics, leather goods and much more. There are also cafés and coffee shops for you to recharge your batteries after all that shopping!
A big day for the Swansea Bus Museum as they put on the 'Festival of Buses' event at their depot in Swansea. Hundreds of visitors turned out some just for a ride in these beautifully restore double-deckers down to the Mumbles and back. There was lots to see and do inside the garage with plenty of stalls, eats, bus rides and a chance to climb aboard the restored double-deckers. The Glamorgan Constabulary Police Re-enactment Group were there with their mobile jail, a chance to try the Victorian handcuffs on for a photoshoot in their prison. The event started at 10 am until 4 pm.
SWANSEA BUS MUSEUM
The weather was perfect for this spectacular Christmas Parade on Sunday Evening.
The Council promised us a great event, and they certainly lived up to that.
To add to the Christmas parade, they were also celebrating 50 years of having city status.
The parade started in Wind Street then onto Castle Square, Castle Street, The High Street, Orchard Street, The Kingway, and finished in Westway Street, a distance of nearly two miles.
Father Christmas stopped at two huge Christmas trees to turn on their lights, one in Castle Square and the other on the Kingsway.
The Lord Mayor of the County Swansea City, Peter Black, and his consort were in a convertible BMW., said the parade is a massive success.
Four Victoria/Edwardian Police officers lead the parade with the band of the 215 (City of Swansea) Squadron Air Cadets.
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