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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!

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Edition Date 1 December 2003 (Next Edition 1 January 2004)

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