The Mount Pleasant Estate in Swansea

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(Left) Built by Bennett brothers in many phases between 1890 and 1910, the Mount Pleasant estate is a classic Victorian suburb. Laid out as a byelaw gridiron, these tunnelback houses were primarily intended for the better off amongst the working classes and the lower professional classes. The estate was originally well stocked with corner shops, a Board School, Church and Chapel.

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No pub was ever intended, in direct contrast to the Sandfields estate which was laid out some twenty years earlier and which had many. The rolling relief of the site was totally ignored, the streets laid out regardless, which explains the rather dramatic gradients of some of the streets including Cromwell Street which has a steep hill known to generations of residents as the ‘big dipper’. At the same time that these houses were being completed, the County Borough of Swansea was putting the finishing touches to the early stages of the Mayhill/Townhill developments which were a radical departure from the gridiron layouts of the speculative builders.


The View for Sunday 4 December 2000

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