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This page carries links to shorter articles, features and resources. More in-depth articles are held on the  Articles page

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Catherine Zeta Jones

The origin of Catherine's middle name.


The Swansea's Blitz photographs are a fascinating survival from the darkest days of the Second World War, made even more special by the fact that they were colour photographs.

Swansea's Cottage Exhibition of 1910 deserves  a far higher prominence in the history of the city because it reflects a time of great interest in people's quality of life. In the years before the First World War there was considerable interest in the town about curing the ills of the Industrial Revolution. The Cottage Exhibition reflects this desire, and the houses are still there today!

The shape and layout of houses can give a fascinating insight into how the early town grew. 

Cleaning up the Bay

Changes in attitudes to sewage and health in Swansea 1800 to 1999.

Swansea's Blitz 1941

Unique colour photographs of one of Swansea's most formative events.

People's history. The story of Swansea Jack

Early housing 

A look at the development of housing in the Victorian town. The shape and form of Swansea housing illustrated and explained.

Early housing in swansea

Swansea's Cottage Exhibition of 1910

The famous exhibition that transformed local ideas on the Garden City movement and  how people should live.

The Welsh ports at war 1939-41

Local Acts of Parliament

A list of the most important local Acts that affected the town between the 1750s and the 1860s. The Enclosure Act of 1762 is also here.

Molly on the Kitchen Front

A unique set of photographs from the Second World War featuring a housewife from Dunvant who became a key figure in the nation's war effort. 

Reading about Swansea

An 'urban village' , Mount Pleasant in Swansea

The port of Swansea

A growing collection of resources and information about the port and harbour. Brunel's report of 1846 is reproduced here.

Swansea's North Dock

A plan of the central area of town in the 1880s (be patient - long download time).

Swansea in 1838

A basic pen picture of the town from the tithe records.

Building a bridge at Swansea Slip

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U-boats in the Bristol Channel

Cholera in Swansea

Basic information on how the disease affected the Victorian town.

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)

More SHW Microhistory

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