Time runs out for Customs House

15 February 2012

AN ABERAVON photographer has decided to catalogue two historic buildings in Port Talbot just weeks before they are due to be demolished.

Royal Buildings. Photo by Sean Pursey

Time is running out for Royal Buildings (pictured) and Customs House. Photo by Sean Pursey

The two Port Talbot buildings are due for demolition in the coming weeks as part of a development by Coastal Housing – with some reports suggesting they could be knocked down as early as next week.

The housing association has permission to build 46 flats on the site, replacing the 1897 Customs House and neo-classical Royal Buildings.

A local campaign to save the buildings has so far failed, with heritage watchdog Cadw refusing to list the buildings and the Assembly government declining to step in. Neath Port Talbot Council has also declined to comment to Port Talbot MagNet on the issue.

Now photographer Sean Pursey, aged 17, has made a set of iconic photographs of the two buildings available to Port Talbot MagNet so that lasting record of the buildings and their historic significance is not lost.

Sean, from Maesgwyn Street, Aberavon says he has a keen interest in the history of Port Talbot and took the photographs to ensure the town’s dwindling historic architecture is remembered.

“After seeing many local iconic builidngs dissapear during my lifetime including the Jersey Beach Hotel, the Vivian Park Hotel, Port Talbot Hospital and the Afan Lido, I like to have a record of what’s left of this town’s heritage and history, and play an active role, where I can, in ensuring it remains.”

Here are Sean’s photographs, all copyright Sean Pursey.

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