The Deer Park

The Deer Park

The original deer park was probably medieval although the heart of the present park most likely dates back to the seventeenth century, with enlargement and landscaping probably late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

The herd was over forty around 1960, but in 1963 an exceptionally bad winter caused snow to drift to the top of the high fences and the deer escaped. They can still be seen in the area with a her of over one-hundred.

There is a small stone tower on a hill in the park known as the 'watch tower' (and another smaller one closer to Hywel Sele Lodge, in a worse condition). These seemed to be part of a series of towers used to signal the arrival of visitors (as they are all visible to each other). The 'Summer House' seems to have been used as one of these stations too, although it is also possible that the tower was just another one of the follies or 'eye-catchers' built in the early nineteenth century.
  • Deer 1

    A deer near the current deer park

  • Deer 2

    A deer near Foel Offrwm

  • Deer Park 1

    The Deer Park in 2014

  • Deer Park 2

    The Deer Park in 2014 (showing the old fishponds)

  • Deer Park 3

    The Deer Park in 2014

  • Deer Park with Pond

    The Deer Park in 2014

Artificial Rabbit Warrens ‘Pillow Mounds’

  • One of the Rabbit Mounds in 2014

    One of the Rabbit Mounds in 2014

    Several ‘pillow mounds’ can be found in the deer park, near to Hywel Sele Lodge (see aerial photos). These artificial rabbit warrens were used for farming rabbits and to make them easier to catch.

    They feature stone-lined passages and boxes and could date from the days when the Cistercian monks were in nearby Cymer Abbey.

Stone Pillars or “Eyecatchers”

  • Large Stone Pillar 1

    Large Stone Pillar (Eyecatcher) in 2014

  • Large Stone Pillar 2

    Large Stone Pillar (Eyecatcher) in 2014

  • Small Stone Pillar

    Small Stone Pillar (Looking Towards Hywel Sele Lodge) in 2014