Having previously discussed places where rubbish is dropped and cannot be readily retrieved, I’ve addressed private domestic and public heritage spaces. I return to the latter here: heritage spaces that are inaccessible and on display despite the careful management of such environments for locals and tourists alike.

Contrasting with the deliberate deposition of votives and memorials at heritage sites such as Neolithic megalithic tombs, here we see rubbish dropped or blown in and trapped for all to see. While I previously discussed this for Conwy’s town wall-towers, I recently revisited and saw a further example in the mural tower. Sadly, a baseball cap as well as rubbish had been dropped: deliberate and accidental discard preserved together!


I also saw further examples at Conwy Castle: its well. At the bottom of the pigeon-perches, one could dimly make out a lost balloon floating upon the dark waters. Think of the glee or sadness at its loss by whatever child deliberately or accidentally let it go (depending on the scenario).


At Denbigh Castle, the well and also the base of one tower also provided inaccessible spaces where paying visitors and locals out-of-hours had dropped considerable rubbish: bottles and cans mainly.

While undoubtedly regularly cleared out (months or years, depending on the challenges of accessibility), these spaces are the rare places where deposition relating to the heritage tourism of these sites might just survive over the long term.