Another dry but very cold day and with the sun shining and the Easter weekend …we just had to go out!
We went through Llangadog and then over the Black Mountain, stopping at the car park on the top to admire the magnificent view.
We drove onto Neath and had a lovely nostalgic walk around the indoor market. Many years ago I attended school in Neath! We were lucky to discover the door to St Thomas’ Church open and after peering in we were welcomed by the very kind church warden. He spent a great deal of time taking us around the church and pointing out all the interesting details.
‘The Church of St Thomas was closely connected with the Norman Castle from the early 12th century’ from the church pamphlet.
The church stands in a square in the centre of Neath surrounded by other lovely old buildings . One plaque on a close by building stated that Alfred Russell Wallace had lived there:
Alfred Russel Wallace, OM, FRS (8 January 1823 – 7 November 1913) was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist and biologist. He is best known for independently conceiving the theory of evolution through natural selection, which prompted Charles Darwin to publish his own ideas in On the Origin of Species.
We moved onto to the National Trust site at Aberdulais…a short drive from Neath. The NT have done a huge amount of work to make a visit most informative , interesting and enjoyable…especially the delicious soup, panini and cakes!