Images of Wales
Wednesday, 18 February 1998
The Mumbles, Swansea, Glamorgan
Photography by John Ball - 17 February 1998
(with Agfa ePhoto-307 digtal camera)
This castle, claimed to be the finest on the Gower Peninsula, dates from the early 12th century AD. It was the chief residence of the lords of Gower. In 1116, and again in 1215, it was burnt down by the oppressed Welsh.
Above: The Welsh flag flying proudly above the entrance to
Above: Closer views of the castle. On the right is the tower
above the gatehouse.
Above: The main entrance gateway (left), and the shaded rear of the castle (right).
Above: The castle grounds form a natural amphitheatre, now
the venue for open-air events in the summer months.
Above: The castle forms a dramatic backdrop to this colourful display of spring
crocuses, and provides a commanding view (right) towards Mumbles Head.
Visit Jeff Thomas's Castles of Wales Website for a fuller account of the history of Oystermouth Castle.