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The ‘Great Wall’ of Mewslade, Rhossili

On 17th July 2019 a small group  attended an impromptu ceremony to mark the completion of the mammoth task of rebuilding what was a derelict (mainly falling down) and neglected dry stone wall in Mewslade Valley. This wall was identified as a project for the Gower Landscape Partnerships consideration some four years ago. Funding was from The Lottery Fund, Welsh Assembly, City and County of Swansea. The National Trust and most importantly The Gower Society. Our initial offer of a financial contribution was the catalyst for attracting grants from other sources.

About 520 metres in length, about 1.2 metres high on the West side and an average of 2 metres high on the East side with a maximum height in places of about 3 metres. Andy Roberts (born in Wrexham, degree in geology at Swansea Uni and now adopted local) took on the initial length that he started in late 2016. Since then he has worked in all weathers and conditions for 30 months rebuilding 470 metres of this wall. Andrew Jones, a truly local man fom Port Eynon/Horton , has completed about 50 metres. The two stone wallers have both carried out a wonderful job and the workmanship and their tenacity will be admired for at least the next 100 years.

The final closure of the gap shown on the photographs took place in the company of Guto ap Gwent, Robin Kirby, Steve Parry (CCS Footpaths Officer and his dog), Margaret ap Gwent and Gordon Howe.A suitable toast of Gower Gold, an ‘Ale of Outstanding natural Beauty’ was made to the success of the project. Regrettably representatives from The Swansea AONB team and National Trust were unable to attend at this rather hastily organised event due to other commitments. 

We urge all members to look and marvel at this feat of human skill that is a credit to all involved but in particular to Andy Roberts and Andrew Jones. Andy Roberts was awarded The Gower Society Design Award for his services to traditional stonewalling at the 2019 AGM.   

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