The Gorsedd is the organising body of The National Eisteddfod of Wales - a druidic influenced celebration of Welsh culture and art. When the Eisteddfod visits a locale, it is traditional for a stone circle to be built if there is not one already in existence on the site.
The Gorsedd Stone Circle, Singleton Park
Gorsedd Stone Circles are important icons of the National Eisteddfod of Wales. Not only do they stand as monuments to previous visits of the Eisteddfod, but they are also important features used for ceremonies by the organisation. It is within these circles that future Eisteddfod's are announced (traditionally a year and one day prior to the opening of the event). These Proclamation Ceremonies are lead by Archdruid of the Gorsedd of Bards.
It can often be taken as a disappointment when it is discovered that a well-loved stone circle is not as ancient a monument as it may at first appear. Yet the reverence in which such later formations were built and their importance to the ceremonies that were held within them should always be remembered.
An Evening Sun Casts its Rays Across Singleton Park's Gorsedd Stones
Lichen Encrusted Gorsedd Stones, Singleton Park, Swansea
The Gorsedd Stones' Shadows Grow as Another Day Draws to a Close
The Central Altar Stone
So, next time you happen to find yourself in Singleton Park, take a walk out to this remarkable druid monument. It is definitely a feature of Swansea residents should be proud to have standing their doorstep.