In its heyday the Penllergare estate, on the outskirts of Swansea, was an outstanding example of a picturesque landscape created for the environments of its owners. Its creator was John Dillwyn Llewelyn (1810-82), a man distinguished not only for his contribution to landscape design and horticulture but also for his scientific experiments and pioneering photography. He exploited the majestic natural beauty of the site in the implementation of his grand design to create an idyllic landscape which he stocked with a rich variety of trees and shrubs. He erected one of the first purpose-built Orchid Houses in the country, built an observatory close to the house, and experimented with an electrically-powered boat he built himself on the estate’s lower lake.
This book, written by Richard Morris himself a member of the Dillwyn Llewelyn family, hopes that by revealing something of Penllergare’s rich past, it will encourage efforts to preserve what remains of the landscape of special historical interest for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
Dinefwr Press, 1999. 1st edition. 82 pages, hardback. Slight creasing to the dust jacket. Pages show slight discolouration on edges, but otherwise in good condition. Some strain to the internal binding as seen in photograph. Please note, this book is second hand.