At the height of its prosperity in the 19th century, the Penllergare estate was an outstanding example of a picturesque, romantic landscape, created for the enjoyment of its owners.
Its creator was John Dillwyn Llewelyn (1810-82), a man distinguished not only for his contribution to landscape design and horticulture, but also for his scientific experiments and pioneering photography.
He exploited the majestic natural beauty of the site to create an idyllic landscape. With its lakes and waterfalls, panoramic vistas, secret places and horticultural and botanical riches, Penllergare provided an infinite variety of subjects for his camera.
The Dillwyn Llewelyn family and their Penllergare estate influenced the growth of the local community by providing employment, housing and education.