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"A county and parliamentary borough at the mouth of the Tawe, and the second largest port and town in the county. It is supposed to have originated as a Scandinavian settlement, but its real history begins with the Norman castle built by the Earl of Warwick on his conquest of Gower. The ruins of this castle as reconstructed by Bishop Gower in 1330 stand in the centre of the town and show some Decorated arcading. The town itself occupies a fine situation on the shores of its bay, and the suburbs are spread over the adjoining hill side. In spite of its long history it has few antiquities. The chief public buildings are the Town Hall, Royal Institution, and Free Library. The church, though modern, has an ancient chapel attached. The local commerce is immense, and the town possesses some magnificent docks. It is the metropolis of the copper trade and owing to the number and variety of its smelting works it has been termed the metallurgical capital of the world. There are more than 150 furnaces for the treatment of different kinds of ores within four miles of the town. "  [From Samuel Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1838]

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Bibliography

Here is a substantial reading list of books which relate to Glamorgan, either county or parish.

References to the town of Swansea at

An online index to the book Swansea - Reflections in Black and White, compiled by Bernard Mitchell [1983] has been provided by Roger McFenton

An online index to the book Jubilee Swansea - A town in the 1890's, by Gerald Gabb [1995] has been provided by Charlene Morgan

An online index to the book Jubilee Swansea II, by Gerald Gabb [1999] has been provided by Charlene Morgan

A summary of contents to the book Swansea, its Port and Trade and Development, by Alderman Edward Harris [1935], has been provided by Gareth Hicks

The smelting of copper in the Swansea district of South Wales, from the time of Elizabeth to the present day. Creator - Francis, George Grant, 1881.   The complete book is accessible on the Internet Archive site  (click on Texts and then search on Swansea)

Trollope, Glynden. (ed) The Cambrian, And General Weekly Advertiser For the Principality of Wales 1804 - 1930.   Indexed by Gareth Hicks

Business and Commerce Records

 

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

Cemeteries

The Glamorgan Family History Society have produced a set of microfiche containing Monumental Inscriptions for the following burial grounds :-

Census

Church History

Chapels Database  - a  list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the parish

Images and History of :  The Quaker Church

Church Records

For full and up-to-date details of their holdings see the sites of Glamorgan Record Office and/or West Glamorgan Archives

The People's Collection Wales site has much material for Swansea, use the onsite search box

Description and Travel

Descriptions of the parish from
A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis and
A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.

The People's Collection Wales site has much material for Swansea, use the onsite search box

Swansea - on the Vision of Britain through time site

Swansea - on Wikipedia

Directories

Swansea and District Directory (5th ed.) 1913-14 - the complete book is accessible on the Internet Archive site  (click on Texts and then search on Swansea)

Transcript of name listing for Swansea, from Commercial and Trade Directories, for the years:-

1822-1823 (Pigots Directory) (23k) 1858-1859 (Slaters Directory) (133k)

Genealogy

The Bath family of Swansea. A leading family in Swansea's industrial history

History

Neath & Swansea databases  contributed by Lyn Nunn;- Neath Inhabitants 1792 ; Neath Milita Roll 1789 ; Swansea Militia Roll 1789

Description and images of Swansea Castle at www.castlewales.com by Jeff Thomas

Swanseaheritage.net is a digitising project designed to aid access to the material evidence held in trust by Swansea Museum Service for the people of Swansea.

Royal Insititute of South Wales.  "For over 160 years, the Royal  Institute of South Wales has played a central role in promoting Swansea's history....."

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

 

Goodall, Peter.   For Whom the Bell Tolls.  Published by Gomer, site intro; "From its original location in Swansea Castle to its present home on a patch of land still known as Cox's Farm, Swansea Prison has had a long and colourful history. ............ Peter Gooodall charts the most dramatic moments in the history of the prison, and tells the stories behind the fifteen executions which took place there between 1858 and 1958. .......... this volume is packed with riveting tales of the crimes committed by Swansea's most wanted men, whose lives were brought to an abrupt and often emotional end at the gallows.......... "

Harris, Edward (Alderman). Swansea, its Port and Trade and their Development, 1935, published by Western Mail & Echo Ltd . Here are substantial extracts from this book, and other material contributed by Gareth Hicks. Here is also a separate Timeline based on the book

Land and Property

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

The People's Collection Wales site has much material for Swansea, use the onsite search box

Maps

View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries

Map of the Contributory Borough of Swansea from the Report of the Boundary Commissioners for England and Wales. Printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1885.

Merchant Marine

The People's Collection Wales site has much material for Swansea, use the onsite search box

Swansea Mariners.  Bryan Richards's database of merchant seamen of Swansea registered ships

National Waterfront Museum

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

Names, Personal

Newspapers

The Cambrian was the first English language newspaper to be published in Wales running from 1804 - 1930. Swansea Library Service has a computerised index to the contents freely available to search online

Occupations

The People's Collection Wales site has much material for Swansea, use the onsite search box

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

Periodicals

Transactions of the Royal Institution of South Wales -  the Minerva was started in 1993 as an English language popular journal containing articles on historical and artistic topics related to the Swansea area.

Politics and Government

Roberts, R O. Financial Crisis and the Swansea 'Branch Bank' of England, 1826 . National Library of Wales journal Vol XI/1 Summer 1959.

Poorhouses, Poor Law etc

The People's Collection Wales site has much material for Swansea, use the onsite search box

Swansea Union Workhouse  - on Peter Higginbotham's site

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

Postal and Shipping Guides

Probate Records

Swansea Wills Index: 1564-1858 (Index Of Original Testators Will/Abstracts St Davids Diocese), provided by R James.

Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

   

Religion and Religious Life

Schools

The University of Wales, Swansea

The People's Collection Wales site has much material for Swansea, use the onsite search box

A Certificate issued by Hafod Copper Works School  indicates that ............ " was examined by 'H.M. Inspector' and passed in the Seventh Standard on March 8th 1889 - it is signed by John Carr, Head Master. The certificate is about 29.5 cm length x 23 cm wide and has a floral design around the border

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

Social Life and Customs

The People's Collection Wales site has much material for Swansea, use the onsite search box

Cule, John. Some Early Hospitals in Wales and the Border. National Library of Wales journal. 1977, Winter Volume XX/2. The article contains a detailed reference commencing with;- 
"On the site of the Hospital of the Blessed David, Swansea, Glamorgan there stands a hostelry known as the Cross Keys Inn. Henry de Gower's Charter of Foundation and Endowment of his hospital at Swansea, dated 1332 A.D., established here a hospital for blind, decrepit or infirm priests and other poor men............"

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

Societies

Town Records

Hamlets, Towns and Villages

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