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Gardens solve metal mystery after worldwide debate.

Staff at Aberglasney Gardens have identified the mystery object found by a visitor in the grounds. The rusty piece of metal was handed in by the visitor who spotted it in the stream which flows through the gardens in the Tywi Valley of Carmarthenshire.

Suggestions flooded in following an appeal on the Gardens' website and a photograph in Country & Farming - some from as far afield as the United States and Australia.

Most responses suggested the object could be a drainpipe bracket. One suggested it was a sheep shearing tool. Another that it was a carpentry tool called an inshave. An American said it could have been a handle for lifting a board.

But, Gardens head guide John Evans says he is now satisfied that the mystery has been solved.

He said, "We sent the object to our archaeologist who, although he could not give us a definitive answer, concurred with our view that it is a handle for an old bath or container. It is thought to be wrought iron dating from the 19th century - so not that ancient but old enough to cause a bit of a stir."

John said the object had captured the imagination of visitors.

"We were quite taken aback by the level of response," he said.

"It's great to have stimulated such worldwide interest and it is nice to know that there are people all over the world who are taking a keen interest in what goes on in this corner of Carmarthenshire."
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Date:Sep 11, 2007
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