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Margam Castle Panorama

By achieverswales
Seven exposures taken and blended in Photoshop CS5. Can you imagine having this as your home and owning a Brewery as well, my idea of heaven, David Evans-Bevan owned Bevans Brewery.

Margam Castle is a large mansion house built in Margam, Port Talbot, Wales, for the Talbot family. The "castle" is actually a comfortable Victorian era country house, one of many "mock" or "revival" castles built in the 19th century during the Gothic Revival. It was commissioned by Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (1803-1890) and was constructed over a ten-year period from 1830 to 1840.

After a Grand Tour of Europe, Talbot returned to south Wales and from 1830 set about redeveloping the family estate at Margam. The mansion was designed in the Tudor Gothic style by architect Thomas Hopper (1776-1856), while Edward Haycock (1790-1870) was supervisory architect and designed parts of the interior and exterior of the house, the stables, terraces and lodges. Talbot also took a keen interest in the project, encouraging his architects to borrow elements from Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire (ancestral home of the Talbots and home to his cousin William Henry Fox Talbot) and Melbury House in Dorset (home of his mother's family, the Fox-Strangeways, Earls of Ilchester).

William Henry Fox Talbot was a frequent visitor to Margam, and the castle featured as an image in some of his early photographic experiments. Margam's links with photography also include the earliest known Welsh photograph, a daguerreotype of the castle taken on 9 March 1841 by the Reverend Calvert Richard Jones.

After the death of Emily Charlotte Talbot (daughter of C. R. M. Talbot), the castle passed to her nephew, and continued to be used by the family until 1941, when it was sold. David Evans-Bevan, who bought it, found it too large to live in, but could not find any public organisation interested in taking it on, and it fell into disrepair. For many years it belonged to the local authority, but was not open to the public. In 1977, a fire caused substantial damage, and it was only after this that the restoration project seriously began.

Today Margam Castle is a Grade I listed building, and is in the care of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.

Margam Castle has been visited by Most Haunted in their 2006 series. And by SyFy's Ghost Hunters International in Season 2, Episode 15, on air date 7/21/2010.

Tags: Beer Castle Architecture Brewery Margam park Talbot Fox talbot Wildlife and nature Bevan

Voters: Imagephotographics, CarolG, digital_boi and 15 more

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7 May 2011 11:24AM
Great image of the castle Trev - I don't think there's an inch of ground all around there that we haven't walked & climbed, we just keep going back.

CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
7 May 2011 11:58AM
A superb panoramic view of the castle, Trev, is the horizon tilting slightly to the right? Carol
digital_boi 15 3 6 Scotland
7 May 2011 12:29PM
good work with this Trevor nice place to live indeed however if push came to shove i could happily live in the brewery TongueTongueWinkWink
7 May 2011 12:41PM
A great pano Trev, looks fantastic and again another super write up.

Alvar 14 23 2 France
7 May 2011 12:48PM
Wonderful images as usual Trevor I will miss your lovely workSmile
TonyWatson 11 1 England
7 May 2011 1:18PM
See you have been looking around my ancestoral home, hope you let them know you were coming so they lock up the cellarsWink
Can never understand how you guys get rid of the stiching holes made by the needle when sowing the images togetherTongueTongue

Organise an unrestricted stay for a long weekend mate and I will be down on the next trainWink

Good work Trev.
Hope all well?
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
7 May 2011 2:46PM
Impressive work Trev.

achieverswales 11 8 101 Wales
7 May 2011 3:33PM
Thanks everyone, Carol it does look as if it is leaning to the right, but the camera was on a tripod with spirit levels and they were spot on for each exposure so not sure.


7 May 2011 4:27PM
Greart trev thanks for the info as well regards grayl
User_Removed 13 26 2 United States
7 May 2011 5:34PM
The colors of the stonework are stunning - great job putting this panorama together, Trev. I am glad to hear there may be ghosts there!
achieverswales 11 8 101 Wales
7 May 2011 6:20PM
Thanks everyone.


Brian65 12 2 United Kingdom
7 May 2011 7:14PM
A great image of a lovely place Trev, thanks for the info.
pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
7 May 2011 8:38PM

Quote:Thanks everyone, Carol it does look as if it is leaning to the right, but the camera was on a tripod with spirit levels and they were spot on for each exposure so not sure.



I would agree with Carol it does lean rather and a little straightening wouldnt go amiss, it could be the angle from which you are taking the picture which makes it deceiving
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
8 May 2011 5:01AM
Have to agree that it is leaning a tad to the right, but this does not take away from the fact that it is a marvellous panorama, beautifully stitched together, Trev. What a fascinating property with a chequered history but so good to know it has been conserved/restored and under the Borough Council's care.
achieverswales 11 8 101 Wales
8 May 2011 10:32AM
Thanks everyone, Ronnie the council have only repaired a few rooms downstairs after owning it now for over 30 years, the upstairs still remain unsafe and lots of the castle needs very urgent work but again the old answer no money.


Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
8 May 2011 10:44AM
Lovely panorama and an interesting write up Trev.
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
8 May 2011 11:33AM
What a shame if it fell into further disrepair due to lack of money: somehow we seem so slow in this land of ours to hang on to and maintain these treasures from our past. I had assumed from what you said that it was in a better state than is apparently so.
swanseamale47 13 124 United Kingdom
8 May 2011 9:43PM
Interesting place and good pic. A friend of mine spent the night there with a local paranormal group and they had a few things happen.
PaulLiley 12 2 13 United Kingdom
9 May 2011 8:32AM
Well worked in PS Trevor. Having a brewery yes heaven! Interesting write up too. Paul

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