Mewslade Drystone Wall
The reconstruction of the dry stonewall in Mewslade Valley was a project that we were delighted to have been associated with. As a major contributor to the Gower Landscape Parrtnership Scheme it was difficult to give it an award as a scheme.
However the workmanship, tenacity and final end product could be attributed to a single person. Andy Roberts commenced work in late 2016 and completed the final section in July 2019. He worked in all weathers, on his own and with only basic holidays to relieve the pressure to completion. Out of the 500 plus metres of drystone stone wall Andy rebuilt over 450 metres. Some of the wall was 3m high in places and it was a daunting task when it was first considered. Another stone waller Any Jones reconstructed the much shorter section and also showed considerable skills and tenacity as well as working in all weathers. We do not wish to detract from his contribution but only a single award was considered appropriate.
We therefore awarded Andy Roberts a unique personal Award for 2018 for his contribution to traditional stone walling on Gower.
The award was presented as usual at the AGM but regrettably Andy himself was conveying his parents from their home in Wrexham to their holiday destination in the north of England. However in his absence his partner Esta Ley received our award and said how pleased that she and Andy were and how proud that he was to have his workmanship recognised.
We urge any reader to submit suggestions for the 2019 Awards by late 2019 and for presentation at the 2020 AGM. It is impossible for the Committee to see every project within the City and County of Swansea and we prefer rural and fringe urban area projects from Rhossili to Mynydd y Gwair.
Scurlage Social Housing
14 semi detached houses constructed by Family Housing association Wales.
This award is given for the design and construction of 14 semi-detached two and three bedroomed houses on farmland owned by the City and County of Swansea. In effect this is an extension of a Scurlage that originally consisted of post war council houses, the majority that have now been sold to tenants. The houses are constructed to the highest modern standards and owned by the Family Housing Association Wales based in Swansea. There has been a huge demand for rented accommodation on Gower for local people.
Our Judges were unanimous of their decision to make a first time award for such development and were impressed with how the Gower AONB Design Guide had been closely followed to produce a development that seamlessly merges into AONB. They were particularly pleased with the open spaces that had been created in front of the new housing that reflected the original Monksland Road frontage.
The award was presented to Karen Dusgate and Jackie Royal of the Housing Association.
The Cliff Pennard
This award is for the recent extension that the owners Jamie, David and Jo Francis added to the business and completes a 20 year project. Unusually the project incorporates a new public toilet that will be run by the Cliff business and carried out in agreement with the City and County of Swansea.
The architects were John Rees Architectural Design, builders W Edgar Davies and Sons and Jenkins Project Development with skilled local craftsmen and women all contributing towards a great asset to this part of Gower.
The Owners were conscious of the responsibility that they had towards providing an interesting building that reflected upon the local heritage and existing neighbouring buildings. The Gower Society Judges thought that the development was sympathetic in the design and choice of materials and added to the quality of its location.
Blaen Myddfai Farm Felindre
Byre Conversion, An ancient and somewhat derelict byre turned into a superb holiday accommodation in the heart of wild ‘Upland Gower’
It was a pleasure for the judges to travel to Blane Mydffai and its magnificent location overlooking the Lliw Reservoirs. The design and workmanship was exceptional and the accommodation will provide guests with a unique insight into remote Upland Gower that is so close to the City of Swansea. Shame about the new wind farm on Mynydd y Gwair.
The owners wrote...
The cottage at Blaen Myddfai called Bwthyn y Bugail or Shepherds Cottage, was borne out of the need to restore the barn that was attached to the main house. Planning permission was sought and because we were advised that we would not be granted residential planning, holiday accommodation was applied for and duly granted.
Pilot House Swansea Docks Entrance
This Grade 2 listed red brick building was constructed in about 1880 by the Swansea Harbour Trust, after a fire destroyed a previous structure.
Sea Pilots have worked from Swansea Harbour for five hundred years . The Swansea Pilots (who were limited to 24 by the Harbour Trust) had the reputation of being the amongst the hardest and the very best seaman in the world. Their Pilot Cutters were incredibly fast and agile sailing boats until replaced by steam in about 1900. The port and its pilots were crucial to the industrial development of Swansea and the Swansea Valley. Swansea thrived because it had an excellent port and the fact that it took 3 tons of coal to smelt one ton of iron. Ample local high quality coal resulted in an extremely busy river mouth to export vast quantities to all over the world. Had it not been for the experienced pilots and the thriving port none of this would have been possible.
Current owners Drs Jonathan and Eira Paulus bought the dilapidated building in 2014 and embarked on an expensive restoration before opening it as Pilot House Cycles. They kept as many original features as possible. It seems fitting that fast handmade bikes are now made on the ground floor of this building and sold around the country and even the world.
Kilvrough Home Farm Workers Cottage
Lady Ann Green currently owns Kilvrough Farm. Her grandfather, Alfred Harries purchased it in 1926 after the break up of the Kilvrough Estate in about 1920. Ann's father subsequently carried on farming here . The original Kilvrough Farm dates back to about 1800 and the subject of this award, the farm cottage, was possibly constructed in about 1900 as a low cost ttimber framed building. Ann thinks that an older building could have occupied the footprint.
Lady Ann has restored the building and clad the externals with treated timber boarding as well as recovering the roof in Welsh slates. Traditional authentic looking wooden widows and doors have been added. All carried out by a local builder. We defy anyone to tell that they are not looking at an original structure of the early 1900's.
Cynghordy Farm House Rydypandy
The recent previous owners Dr Dafydd and Eiluned Thomas first saw Cynghordy in 1988 and were very excited about finding such a property so close to Dafydds work at Morriston Hospital. Although it was in need of a lot of work. The property's origins date back to about 1675 and it is mentioned in the Royal commissions Cottages and Farmhouses of Glamorgan as being originally a Welsh Long House. Surprisingly it is not listed.
Dafydd and Eiluned have moved up to Llandeilo and were pleased that the property has passed to Dr Stuart Jenkins and his partner from the Neath valley and he is just as eager as they were to look after this important property.
Cottages adjacent to King Athur Hotel Reynoldston
Restoration and conversion.
Orchard Cottage Burry Green
Heathfield, Pyle Well
Langland Cottage, Langland
Restoration and extension.
Tyn-y-cerig or TC, Pontarddulais
Long running restoration and extension.
New Square Bilingual Plaques
Dolphin and Hillcrest Cottages/Chalets, Stonesfield, Penmaen
Rebuilt on same footprint.
Hillend Farm, Fairyhill, Reynoldston
Rebuilt derelict farm and buildings.
Admiral’s Wood, Vennaway Lane
Bethel Chapel Sunday School, Penclawdd
The Coal House, Oxwich
The RNLI Boat Shed, Mumbles
Lane House, Llanrhidian
‘tin shed’ extension
72 Mayals Road
Lilac Cottage, Penmaen
Restoration / garage
N.T. Whiteford hut
New Bus Station, Swansea
4, Cefn Stylle Road, Gowerton
Henbury Cottage, Southgate
Penmaen Farm, Penmaen
renovation / extension
Ace Electrics building, The Strand
Gower Cottage, Reynoldston
Fairyhill Hotel, Reynoldston
Bettis Meadow, Slade
St. Mary’s Church, Pennard
for consistent excellence in building work mainly on Gower
Hilltop, Oxwich Green
Knelston Chapel + Manse
Backfield Cottage, Penrice
Conversion / restoration
Blackberry Barn, Llangennith
Woodbine Cottage, Landimore
Restoration / extension
Pound Cottage, Reynoldston
Glebe Farm, Cheriton
Elder Barn, Pennard
extension / barn conversion
Forge Cottage, Port Eynon
Mewslade View, barn conversion + confines, Middleton
Newhill Farm, Newton
The Nook, Oxwich
Corner House Farm, Middleton
The King Arthur Hotel, Reynoldston
Toilet block, Rhossili
Old Forge, Pilton Green
conversion / restoration
2 Park Hendy Crescent
Llanelen Farm, Welshmoor
Pitt Soggs Cottage, Bysouth, Penrice
St. David’s View complex, Llandewi
Mumbles Methodist Church, Mumbles
Three Elms, Middleton
Crwys Farmhouse, Three Crosses
St. Illtyd’s Church, Ilston
Hayes Farmhouse, Reynoldston
Mewslade Cottage, Middleton
Parc Lodge, Penmaen
barge board restoration
Tyddan Isa, Perriswood
Horton bus shelter
St Illtyd’s Church, Oxwich