It was originally built in 1791 by Richard Phillips, a wealthy Carmarthenshire landowner. The Castle was subsequently remodelled by later owners. Swansea University used the Castle as a hall of residence (Neuadd Gilbertson) after it acquired the building in the 1950s. The University built two accommodation blocks, and, later, a women's hall (Neuadd Martin), with exceptionally fine sea views, on the hill behind the castle. The two halls, which were linked by external steps, shared some functions.
The City of Swansea acquired the mature park of the Castle, now called Clyne Gardens (Gerddi Clun), which has views over the bay.
In 2003, the university decided to sell the halls and to build more accommodation on the main university campus instead. The current use of the refurbished castle is as a block of luxury one- and two-bedroom apartments.
The student accommodation blocks and the women's hall were demolished and have now been replaced (2006) by futuristic award-winning housing.
- mumbles.co.uk: Clyne Castle
- Mumbles Tourist Information
- UWS Alumni: Clyne Castle
- Gower 078 Clyne Castle
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