Greenhill

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These two maps show the suburb of Greenhill in Swansea. Nowadays, the area has mostly disappeared under the road junction at Dyfatty. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the area was becoming an increasingly popular suburb, mainly due to its location immediately north of the town and south of the industrial developments at Hafod and Landore. There are approximately eighty years between the two plans. The area was well known for cheap low class housing and many immigrants settled in Greenhill in the 1840s, most famously the Irish who tended to dominate in the population for almost a century. 

The high density of housing was exacerbated by the extreme poverty of the inhabitants, who were often obliged to take in lodgers thus increasing the population density to disastrous proportions. The lack of a safe sanitation system, the tendency to use the local streams as water supplies, and the large number of children in the households meant that Greenhill suffered badly in Cholera epidemics.

 

 

The View for Sunday October 15 2000

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