Wales makes no secret of the fact that it is a country
full of history and heritage. And where better to find out
all about it than at the superb National History Museum.
Situated just 4 miles from the centre of Cardiff, in the pretty
grounds of St Fagans Castle, a 16th century manor house,
the museum's collections comprise over 40 historic buildings from
every corner of Wales. Moved from their original location,
they were then transported to the site before being re-built brick
by brick by skilled craftsmen.
Buildings on site include farm buildings, a school, a workingman's
institute and a row of 5 Ironworkers' cottages originally from
Merthyr Tydfil where each cottage is decorated in a style from
different eras, from 1805 to 1985.
Undoubtedly, the most impressive building on the site is the
12th century St Teilo's Church. Originally
standing on the banks of the Lougher estuary near Swansea, the
church was carefully dismantled before being transported to St
Fagans where it was restored both inside and out in a
16th century style. The whole relocation project
took an incredible 20 years to complete before the church was
opened to the public in 2007.
As well as the buildings, visitors to the museum can see skilled
craftsmen and women at work in their various workshops. A
blacksmith, Welsh clog maker, potter, saddler, miller and backer
can all be seen making their wares using traditional
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