Early housing in Swansea

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 ] [Manselton]

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Basic Reading looks at some general texts that will give you an introduction to a wide and broadly based subject. The example pages reinforce some of the points we have been looking at in the class sessions. Early Landore is a good example of early industrial suburb development. Recorder Street is typical of many early inner city areas, whilst Henrietta Street takes the story further towards the end of the nineteenth century. New Street has its own place in housing history and we will look at that place in great detail. The Mount Pleasant Estate is built at the end of the nineteenth century in the classic 'urban village' style. Mount Pleasant as an urban village takes the theme further.

Greenhill has a special place in the history of the town because of the predominantly Irish community that settled there and the rapid development of the very poor housing that was built.  You'll find more information about Greenhill in the Cholera section

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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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