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A 19th-century equatorial observatory and laboratory once used by John Dillwyn Llewelyn and his daughter, Thereza, to capture some of the earliest images of the moon will be brought back to life. A £2.9 million restoration project is currently under way at Penllergare Valley Woods with funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Parks for People programme.
Swansea Council has signed a 25-year lease with the Penllergare Trust for this historic building built in 1846, and which houses the telescope. The observatory will be repaired and restored over the next 18 months. It will also be made accessible along with other attractions in the woods like the terrace gardens, the upper lake, the waterfall and an old stone bridge known as the Llewelyn bridge.
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Photo: The 19th-century equatorial observatory and laboratory at the Penllergare Valley Woods.
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