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June 2024

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Swansea Slip Bridge CADW submission

Latest: Swansea Slip Bridge Support Group; Industrial Archaeology in the LSV; 1903 Street Plan and corporate estate ownership plan; Picture Essay: Bollards; Picture Essay: Swansea Marina in 1981; The Swansea Parish Tithe Map in a single pdf book; The full Town Hill and Burroughs Enclosure Award c1763; Tithe Plans plates 7 and 8 (North Swansea parish) See map below; Tithe Plan plate 6 (Waunarlwydd and Caer Gynydd); Tithe Plan plate 5 (Dynfant, Black Boy etc.); Tithe Plan plate 4 (Cwmbwrla aka Burlais aka Burgh Lacu); Tithe Plan plate 3 (Hendrefoilan, Sketty, University, Singleton); SHW Audio files; Plaza 1931 opening souvenir booklet: Housing History (all PDFs, single page illustrated lecture handouts): Early Housing in Swansea; Greenhill in Swansea: Housing shapes and forms 1;Housing shapes and forms 2; Spanker: Swansea's most famous horse; Blitz; Lt. William Bladen's eyewitness account; An 1847 plan of Swansea's Old Guildhall (Dylan Thomas Centre); Swansea Harbour Trust plan of Swansea Docks in 1899; Great Western Railway North Dock closure plan 1925; The Proposed reconstruction of the centre of Swansea 1948; The Air Attack on Swansea: The Controllerís Statement to the County Borough Council;Evidence: The 1939 Air Raid Pamphlet; Revised: Clarence Seyler and Swansea Food Adulteration; German air war doctrine; Port Tennant in c.1900;

The historic fountain that was destroyed by redevelopment at St Helen's Recreation Ground

The following photographs are the 'missing' pictures that are the only documentation of the destruction of the fountain. No one is prepared to acknowledge who is responsible for the destruction. However the land is maintained by the City and County of Swansea. In Swansea heritage is only heritage if it is in the right place for the Council. If it is in an inconvenient location it becomes a 'structure' to be disposed of. Local residents have interpreted this destruction as preparation for private sector redevelopment as part of the Swansea Bay Strategy.




1903 Street Map of Swansea

A very nice PDF map of town that blows up very large. Also includes the Swansea Corporation landholdings tinted pink and blue.

St Helen's School, Sandfields, Swansea

A PDF copy of N. L. Thomas' wonderful Centenary Booklet. 100 pages.

A Dick German cartoon from 1908 making fun of the water quality from Cray Reservoir... it was either muddy or had tadpoles!

Picture Essay: Swansea Marina in 1981

Swansea Food Adulteration

A letter written by Clarence Seyler...

Swansea Tithe Plan 1838

Click on the plan to go to the right sub-sheet...

Swansea Tithe Plan plate 3

Covering Hendrefoilan, Sketty. University, Singleton etc.

SHW Audio:

Percy Thomas, the Guildhall and the Vikings

mp3 (4.86 mb)

Duration: 5 mins 18s

The design of the 1930 Guildhall, the origins of the design, and its unique place in Swansea's history.

A Swansea Springboard story.

The Round School on the hill

mp3 (4.02 mb)

Duration: 4 mins 23s

Ernest Morgan and the building of the most unusual school in pre-war Swansea.

A Swansea Springboard story.


Opening the Plaza in 1931:

The original souvenir brochure

Spanker: Swansea's most famous horse

Swansea's Blitz of February 1941

The Diary of William George Bladen. The most vivid eyewitness description of the events of the third night of the Swansea Blitz. (PDF eBook)

Swansea's Old Guildhall

A plan of the 1847 rebuilding:

Swansea Harbour Trust Plan

A plan of the docks and surrounding streets from 1899. Predates the King's and Queen's Docks.

The Post-War Reconstruction of Central Swansea

A full-size coloured version of the original plan...with all the roundabouts and boulevards that were promised but never built!

Closing Swansea's First Dock

A Property ownership plan from 1925

End of the road for the Slip Bridge?

Our Slip Bridge has now been stuck in a strange place on the promenade,but the Slip remains one of the most significant parts of the beach. We can only hope that the repairs and redevelopments are sensitive and careful. More about the Slip and the beach.

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Free PDF thumbnail views: Port Sheets; World War 1 Cartoons; Brangwyn Panels/Guildhall opening 1934

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The Castle Street Bomb, 21 February 1941

The full War Diary report:

Latest 1838 tithe survey plans: Port Tennant/St Thomas and Swansea Town

Dylan Thomas 'armchair trail'

A wander around Dylan Thomas' Swansea without leaving your comfy computer!

1. Swansea's Old Guildhall; 2. Gloucester Place and the Queen's; 3. Royal Institution of South Wales (Swansea Museum); 4. Wind Street; 5. Salubrious Passage; 6. The lane down to the Cornish Mount; 7. Castle Square; 8. The Mountain Dew; 9. Swansea Central Police Station; 10. The Bush; 11. The No.10 pub

Sheet 37

The 1830 OS map of Swansea (Large extract)

There's a growing campaign to apply for World Heritage Status for what's left in the Lower Swansea Valley. here's the original leaflet...

Picture Essay 2: Bollards

Civil Defence:

History of Old Wind Street

A PDF of 10 pages of Wind Street history written by W H Jones for the Cambria Daily Leader in 1927-8


Strikes and Strife

Harry Williams in 1908

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Objects Dropped From The Air (1943)

St Helen's School Swansea 1874-1974

Old Wind Street History Cuttings

Tithe map in one PDF booklet

Town Hill and Burroughs Enclosure Award

1931 Plaza Opening Souvenir Brochure

Early Swansea Housing

Early Greenhill in Swansea

Housing History: shapes and forms 1

Housing History: shapes and forms 2

The Air Attack on Swansea: The Controllerís Statement to the County Borough Council

The 1939 Air Raid Pamphlet

Port Tennant in c.1900 (OS 1:2500)

1838 Tithe Survey Map 4: Cwm Bwrla

1838 Tithe Survey Map 3: Sketty - Singleton

1838 Tithe Schedule Apportionment (Version 1)

1838 Tithe Survey Map 2: Swansea Town

1838 Tithe Survey Map 1: Port Tennant

World War One local newspaper cartoons

Port Newsletter

Port Sheets 19 to 27

Port Sheets 1 to 11

Port Sheets 12 to 18

Eye of the Eagle 1

Guildhall opening 1934

Air Raids pamphlet 1938

Maps and Plans

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1903 Street Map

An 1847 plan of Swansea's Old Guildhall (Dylan Thomas Centre)

North Dock area 1925

Reconstruction of Swansea 1948

Swansea Docks in 1899

Bacon's Street Map (northern Swansea ) c.1900

Swansea's reservoirs and water supplies 1915

Courtenay Street, Manselton (1870s)

Cwmbwrla and Penllwyn Robert (1830s)

Port Tennant/Fabians' Bay (Tithe)

Swansea Workhouse Block Plan

Western Swansea in the 1830s

Port Tennant in 1827

Town centre in the 1880s

Sandfields in the 1830s

Swansea's industries in 1908

Blitz bombing accuracy

Board of Health symbols

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1" to 1 Mile map of western Swansea, Abernethy, James, Acts of Parliament, Airport, Air war over South Wales, Air Raids Full Lists, Air Raids in 1940, Air Raids in 1941, American soldiers in Swansea, Anchor Court, BBC Kitchen Front script, Ben Evans, Board of Health Plan symbols, Bombing map of Swansea, Borough Police Force, Borough Fire Brigade,  Bacon's Street Map (northern part of Swansea), BlitzBrangwyn Panels, Bristol Channel U-boats, Bristol Channel Mine War, Brunel in Swansea, C & A Modes Swansea, Castle Street Bomb, Castle Square, Cavell, Edith, Census Basics, Charter of William de Newburgh, Chemical and gas warfare, Child LabourCholera, Cholera Chronology, Cholera in MerthyrCholera in Cardiff, Cholera consequences, City Status, Common Land in Gower, Copper Smoke Trials of 1832, Cornish Mount, Cottage Exhibition of 1910, Courtney Street, Curtiss, Danny, Cyfarthfa Ironworks, Docks Plan, Duke Hotel, Wind Street, Dylan Thomas Centre, Early attitudes to rubbish and sewage, Early housing, Early Quays and Docks,  East Dock, Early bridges, Early Electricity, Early Postcards, Early roads in South Wales, Early U boat operations, Fairwood Common, Ferryside, Food Adulteration in Victorian Swansea, Gabriel Powell, Glamorgan Portway, Gloucester Place, Great War Cartoons (ePamphlet), Great War Cartoons, Greenhill, Greenhill in the 1830s, Guildhall Opening, Hafod Mission, Harris, James, Hearth Tax Returns, The Hecla and yellow fever Helwick Lightship, Henrietta Street, Hill House in Swansea, Hospital Square Bomb 1943, Jackson's Bridge in Merthyr, Incinerator, Iron industry, Jeffreys, Molly (Dunvant), KG2, Kampfgruppe 100,  Keystages, Kings Dock opening 1909; Landore, Lang-Coath, Howell Lang (Town Clerk and ARP Controller),  Luftwaffe Air Operations, 1940, Luftwaffe Air operations 1941-43, Luftwaffe targets in Swansea, Manselton, Map of the Town Centre 1880s, Medieval Lanes in Wind Street, Mountain Dew, Terrace Road, Mount Pleasant in Swansea, Mount Pleasant HospitalMolly Jeffreys at the Ministry, Mr Padley of Swansea, New Street, No.10 Pub,Old Guildhall, Old Guildhall (Dylan Thomas Centre) 1847 plan , Operation Bolero, Pegler Street, Plaza opening in 1931, Port Tennant in 1827, Port Tennant in c.1900, Postcards, Powell, Gabriel, Prince of Wales Dock, Queen's Hotel Gloucester PlaceRationing in wartime, Reading about Swansea, Recorder Street, Roman finds in SwanseaRoyal Institution, Rubbish and Sewage,  Sandfields area of Swansea, Salubrious Passage,  Seyler, Clarence and Food Adulteration, Seyler and gas warfare,Sheet 37 1830 OS plan, Smuggling in Gower sketch map; Swansea ablaze in the Blitz, South Wales Ports at War, Spanker (Swansea Corporation horse), Stagecoaches between Cardiff and Swansea, Swansea Jack, Swansea in the Blitz, Swansea's Industries in 1908, Swansea's Catherine Zeta Jones, Swansea's Garden City, Swansea Museum, Swansea Slip, Swansea's sewerage problems, Swansea's Osprey, Sweyn the Viking, Swansea's waterworks and reservoirs, Swansea's Main Drainage Scheme, Thomas, Edward, The Last Sheaf 1928, The western area of Swansea in the 1830s, The Sandfields area of Swansea from the Swansea Tithe plan, Tithe Survey of SwanseaTrade Directories, Town Hill Enclosure Act of 1762,Town Hill Enclosure Award; U28, U-boats, US Army Units, Union Workhouses, Victorian shopping in Mount Pleasant, Vivian, John Henry ,Yellow feverZeta, 1938 Air Raid Guide, 1850s water closet, 1880s water closet, 1908 Industry (plan), 1830 OS Plan of Swansea, 1920s pen picture of Swansea

The Guildhall Commemorative Brochure from 1934 (includes a colour plate of the Brangwyn panels)

Click here to look at a thumbnail view of the brochure

Full pdf copy of Eye of the Eagle 1 (2.91MB)

Swansea Newspaper Cartoons: 1. The Great War

22 Dick German cartoons (from the South Wales Daily Post) from 1914 to 1916 with an explanatory text. A4 size,16 pages (Adobe PDF eBook):

Click here to look at a thumbnail view of the booklet.

The 1838 Tithe survey of Swansea

Explaining the origins of tithe, tithe commutation, Swansea's tithe survey, Swansea in 1838. A4 size, 22 pages (Adobe PDF eBook 1st edn.):


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