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Sculpture Parks: Margam Country Park, Port Talbot, Wales

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TitleOfWork: view from Abbey towards Margam Castle
Location: Margam Country Park, Port Talbot
Country: UK - Wales
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
The following information is taken from the web site devoted to Margam Abbey which can be found at:

"The land was acquired by Sir Rice Mansel who built a large house adjoining the eastern end, near the Chapter House. His descendants, the Talbots, after whom Port Talbot is named, demolished this house when it became ruinous in 1780, and eventually built the modern mansion or castle (Margam Castle) in 1830-35..... The site and the whole of Margam Park were later bought by the Glamorgan County Council in 1973, passing in the following year into the hands of the West Glamorgan County Council."

This description of the Park is taken from Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's web site at:

"Set in 850 acres of glorious parklands, Margam Country Park offers something for all the family. From the magnificent Orangery built in 1789 to the impressive gothic Mansion House, Margam Country Park has surprises around every corner. The park features.splendid walks, Fairytale Land, a children's play area, Margam Maze, Thomas the Tank train ride, Farm Trail and pets corner, boating, game and coarse fishing and the best collection of deer in Wales. There is also a gift shop and Charlotte's Pantry."

There has been sculpture at Margam since 1983. The permanent sculpture collection in the Orangery Gardens is administered by a separate trust: 'Sculpture at Margam'. The collection is just one of the attractions on offer for visitors. The visitors' leaflet for 1994 listed the following attractions:
* 800 acre Country Estate to explore
* Easy access off the M4
* Plenty of car parking space
* Historic Orangery, Abbey & Castle
* Formal gardens
* Sculpture displays
* Children's fairytale land
* Giant Chess and Draughts
* Road Train rides
* Audio-Visual theatre
* Putting
* Margam Maze
* Rare Breed farm animals
* Deer herd
* Refreshments
* Gift Shop
* Ranger service and Guided walks
* Full programme of Events

Today sculpture at Margam is funded by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and assisted by The Arts Council of Wales.

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