Mount Pleasant in Swansea: An early map of the area

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Below: The fields of Mount Pleasant in the mid 1870s. The land was perfect for development for housing, being very close to the growing Victorian town centre. Terrace Road was already a well established route for travelling out of Swansea to Gower and the west. A number of small scale house developments had already been built on the northern side of the road enjoying fine views over the sweep of Swansea Bay. Many of Swansea's professional classes had already made their homes in this area making it doubly desirable for further house building. The only local public house was the 'Mountain Dew' already well established as a stopover for travellers possibly because of the existence of a spring and horse trough enabling people to stop and rest their horses after the long climb up the hill from town.

The locality was originally known as 'Poppit Hill', taking its name from the house at the bend of the road (seen at top right on the plan). The builders changed the name to the much more grandiose 'Mount Pleasant' which was the name of one of the much grander homes built further down the hill below Cae Bailey seen centre right on the plan.

 

The View for Sunday 4 December 2000

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