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The following are book or booklet length topics with multiple pages, links, illustrations, and resources.

Early housing in and around Swansea

This is a large collection of my teaching materials from various courses over the past 10 years. There is good material here for social history, urban studies and historical geography. I also used this material to introduce students to map reading and fieldwork and observation (followed up with plenty of visits!). Swansea is particularly rich in various forms of urban and working class housing.
Abbreviations and Bibliographies ] Early Welsh Industrial Housing ] Evans Terrace in North Hill: High Density Victorian housing ] The Swansea Cottage Exhibition 1910 ] The First Welsh Garden City ] Greenhill ] Swansea's Garden Suburb ] Housing: Sources before 1800 ] Swansea's 'Homes for Heroes' ] Nineteenth Century Housing History in Wales ] Swansea's housing problem; A background ] Early Housing in Swansea 1902-1910 ] Henrietta Street in Swansea ] Early Landore in Swansea ] New Street in Swansea ] Housing History Basic Reading ] Recorder Street in Swansea ] Mount Pleasant in Swansea: An early map of the area ] The Mount Pleasant Estate in Swansea ] Mount Pleasant: An 'urban village' in Swansea ] Mount Pleasant in Swansea : A plan of the completed estate. ] Mount Pleasant in Swansea : A list of shops 1900 to 1960 ]

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Cholera in South Wales in the nineteenth century

This work originally started as a piece of research into the early houses of Greenhill, and an experiment in effective navigation structures on the web. It grew into a wider study of water, public health and disease across Cardiff and Merthyr.

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The 1838 tithe survey of Swansea

This has been a long project because of the size of the original data set from the Apportionment. These pages are the story so far. The original book was published in 1992, the new version which will include a full set of tithe map plates will shortly be released. Introduction] Origins of the Tithe custom ] Types of Tithe ] The Tithe Commutation Act of 1836 ] The Tithe Surveys ] The Tithe Map and Apportionment ] The Tithe Map and Apportionment (Continued) ] More about the Tithe Map and Apportionment ] The Tithe Survey of Swansea ] The Tithe Survey of Swansea (Continued) ] Swansea in 1838 ] More about Swansea in 1838 ] Tithe Plan Parcel Numbers (1 to 48) ] Swansea Tithe Plan (Plate 1) ] Swansea Tithe Map (Plate 2) ]

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History of the Port of Swansea 1100 -1900

This was originally a learning pack for a set of local adult education courses on the history of the port. The web pages are an abstraction from the original pack.

The original pack is now available as a set of PDF packages.

Pack 1 (1100-1500)

Pack 2 1600-1820s)

Pack 3 (1820s-1900)

Home Page ] Reading about the Port of Swansea ] Swansea Harbour in 1771 ] Swansea's South Dock (c.1870s) ] Swansea's South Dock (c. 1880s) ] Swansea Docks in 1881 ] Brunel's report for Swansea Docks 1846 ] 2. Charter of William de Newburgh ] 6. A Royal Charter ] 9. Trade In The Early Port ] 10. A port Indenture of 1135 ] 11. Salt A vital commodity ] 12. Swansea's Layer Keeper ] 12a. Early Quays and Docks ] 14. The Uncrowned King Of Swansea ] 15. Swansea in the 1790s ] 16. After Gabriel ] 17. 1790s Swansea;The Time For Change ] 17a. Smuggling in Swansea and Gower ] 18. The Harbour Act and the Mumbles Lighthouse ] 19. Port Tennant ] Port Tennant in 1827 ] 20. port Development. A Chronology ] 21. The South Wales ports ] 21a. The port in the 1840s. ] 22. Joseph Rutter's pamphlet of 1843 ] 25. Thomas Page's report of 1846. ] 27. John Henry Vivian ] 29. The East Dock ] 30. The Prince of Wales opens the East Dock ] The Helwick Lightvessel ] James Harris, Swansea seascape painter ] Jack's World: Swansea North Dock in the 1880s ] Mr Padley of Swansea ] Plan of the Prince of Wales Dock ] Who put the 'Sweyn' in Swansea? ] Swansea's first tugs ] The Victorian port of Swansea ]

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Eye of the Eagle. The Luftwaffe aerial photographs of Swansea 1940-41

The original book was published in 1993.

I've promised a much enlarged digital version (maybe this year!)

PDF copy of Eye of the Eagle

The air war over Swansea and South Wales 1939-43

A spin off from the Eagle work. Here are the colour photographs of Swansea's blitz and a list of the air raids and reconnaissance missions plus some other material I am still researching.[Luftwaffe photo of Swansea, 1940][Gas and chemical warfare] [Preparing a Refuge Room][Bombing Accuracy in the 1940s (or why Swansea burned)] [Evidence: The 1938 Air Raid Guide] [ The Air War over South Wales ] Douhet, Trenchard and the 'Moral Effect' of bombing ] Dr Robert Knauss and German air war doctrine ] The Spanish Civil War and the Condor Legion ] The Blitz on Britain ] Luftwaffe Air Operations Over Swansea in 1940 ] [Prior Warning:Enigma, KGr100 and Swansea Blitz] Luftwaffe Operations over Swansea  1941 to 1943 ] Growing up during the Swansea Blitz. Peter Dover-Wade's wartime experience ] Swansea Blitz (Swansea ablaze) ] Swansea Blitz (Ben Evans Store) ] Swansea Blitz (Ben Evans smoulders) ] Swansea Blitz (Further damage) ] Swansea Blitz (General damage) ] Swansea Blitz (Temple Street) ] Bomb Type ] Eye of the Eagle. The Luftwaffe aerial photographs of Swansea ] Luftwaffe Targets in Swansea ]

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The U-boat campaigns in the Bristol Channel 1939-1945

Originally published in 1999, this work came out of the spin offs I collected from the Luftwaffe research in various public records. The main interest for Swansea was U28 which sat in the bay and mined the waters off Mumbles. Later on I discovered the service histories of the many other boats that entered the Bristol Channel. The South Wales Ports at War 1939-41 ] The Welsh ports in the frontline of the War in 1941 ] Wartime problems at the Welsh ports 1940-41 ] A background to U-boat operations in the Bristol Channel ] The extension of U-boat operations 1939-40 ] The U-boats move to the Atlantic ] U-boats that entered the Bristol Channel ] The U-boat Inshore Campaign in the Bristol Channel 1944-45 ] Types of U-boat ] The mine war in the Bristol Channel 1939-41 ] Later developments in the mine war in the Bristol Channel ]

SHW Microhistory: 8. The round school on Mayhill

The most distinctive and visible building on the Swansea skyline is the Round or Mayhill school. Many Swansea residents recognise the building but have no idea what it is!

Perched on the summit of a large field known for generations as 'Round Top', the Mayhill School was originally opened in October 1932 as the local Boys' Infant and Junior School to serve the growing population of the Mayhill end of the Townhill Council Estate.

The Borough Architect Ernest Morgan used the spectacular site to tremendous effect to build

a masterpiece of functional architecture which still dominates the urban landscape of the city. Morgan designed the school on what were called 'open-air' principles derived from experiments with other school buildings at Dyfatty in the early 1900s. The ten classrooms of the structure were designed with removable walls so that they could open on to internal cloisters which looked out into a grassed central area. The open-air principle closely reflected the 'light and air' concept beloved of garden city designers of the early twentieth century. It was widely believed that light and fresh air would help to produce good health and general well being. No doubt the teachers in the school would enthusiastically attest to the remarkable amounts of fresh air the building gets in a cold winter!

The Round School on the hill (Audio File)

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