Singleton Abbey & Sketty Hall 2982

Swansea, Wales

Brief Description

Although partly encroached upon, the remainder of the original park is mostly well-preserved. The landscaping of Singleton Park, which was contemporary with the building of the Abbey and its gardens in 1823-40, is of exceptional quality and contains many fine and unusual trees and shrubs.

History

The early-19th century house is a re-modelling of a plainer 18th-century property. The house was designed by P.F. Robinson for John Henry Vivian.

Visitor Facilities

The park is open daily throughout the year.

Detailed Description

Although partly encroached upon, the remainder of the original park is mostly well preserved. The landscaping of Singleton Park, which was contemporary with the building of the Abbey and its gardens in 1823-40, is of exceptional quality and contains many fine and unusual trees and shrubs.

The architect P.F. Robinson designed not only the house but its formal garden, the Swiss Cottage and several picturesque lodges. He also had a hand in designing the model farm, Singleton Farm. The outstanding feature of Sketty Hall is the Italian garden, whose layout remains unaltered. Within the campus is an interesting and unusual Botanic Garden from the 1950s.

Features
  • Mansion House (featured building)
  • Description: The early-19th-century house is a re-modelling of a plainer 18th-century property. The house was designed by P.F. Robinson for John Henry Vivian.
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  • Garden Building
  • Description: There are several lodges and garden buildings, many listed grade II (see designations).
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  • Description: Botanic gardens.
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  • Description: The Italian Garden.
Fountain, Swiss Cottage, Kitchen Garden, Garden Terrace
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The park is open daily throughout the year.

Directions

The park is north of the Oystermouth Road (A4067).
Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Sketty
History

Detailed History

Singleton Park, incorporating the grounds of Sketty Hall, is an urban public park of outstanding historical interest. Its history is one of private ownership, particularly by the Vivian family, and is intimately bound up with that of the city of Swansea.

Associated People

People associated to Singleton Abbey & Sketty Hall

Contact

Telephone

01443 336000

Official Website

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Other websites

Owners

  • University College of Swansea

    Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP
  • Swansea County Borough Council

    County Hall, Oystermouth Road, Swansea,, SA1 3SN
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