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Sker House, South Wales (1990)

These photographs were all taken on the morning of Sunday 18th November 1990 during a visit to Sker House by the Kenfig Historical Society, of which my father, Mr. Haydn Reynolds, was a founding member. Sker House was originally built in the late 12th century as a grange for Neath Abbey. The original house was greatly enlarged in the 16th century by the Tuberville family after the dissolution of the monasteries. The condition of the house was poor during the 20th century and in 1977, the south west wing of the house collapsed. The house was in a state of almost dereliction at the time of this visit. Restoration work started in 1999 and the house has been restored and in private ownership since 2003, though I have not been back to see it since this 1990 visit.

The stone memorial plaque, which was on the nearby beach, refers to the disaster which occurred in the sea just off Sker on 23rd April 1947. The cargo ship the SS Santampa sank and all 39 of her crew were lost along with the 8 man crew of the Mumbles lifeboat, the Edward Prince of Wales.

The photographs were captured on print film with a Canon EOS 10 SLR camera. The prints were digitised with an Epson 2400 Photo scanner.
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Panorama looking west.
Panorama looking west.