Swansea's Gorsedd Stone Circle

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Singleton Park is a lovely open 'breathing space' - Swansea's largest parkland. Purchased from the Vivian family by the local council in 1919, the park is very popular amongst Swansea residents, especially its dog-owning fraternity. The park is characterised by it sweeping plains of neatly manicured grass.

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Singleton Park's Circle of Gorsedd Stones

Singleton Park has numerous features, including a crazy golf course, a boating lake, a pub, a small outdoor cafe and a botanical garden. For today's post, I will concentrate on the stone circle which dominates the entrance to the park at its Sketty entrance along Gower Road.

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This monument is known as a Gorsedd Stone Circle and was first erected in Singleton Park in 1925 for the National Eisteddfod of Wales' Proclamation Ceremony on July 02 of that year. The circle was later enlarged for the Eisteddfod's revisit to Swansea in 1964 to allow more people to participate in the Proclamation Ceremony.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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An Evening Sun Casts its Rays Across Singleton Park's Gorsedd Stones

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Lichen Encrusted Gorsedd Stones, Singleton Park, Swansea

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The Gorsedd Stones' Shadows Grow as Another Day Draws to a Close

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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.

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