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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

In 1868, the parish of Loughor contained the following places:

"LOUGHOR, a parish and market town in the hundred of Swansea, county Glamorgan, 5 miles S.E. of Llanelly, 12 W. of Neath, and 212 from London. The South Wales section of the Great Western railway has a station here. It is situated on the banks of the river of the same name, across which there is "a wooden bridge communicating with the opposite county of Carmarthen. The local government is vested in a portreeve, 12 aldermen, and other officers. It is a contributory borough with Swansea and other towns, returning one member to parliament. The people are mostly employed in mining, and in the copper and zinc works. The population an 1851 was 821, and in 1861, 876. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of St. David's, value £180. The church is dedicated to St. Michael. The Independents have a chapel. There are remains of Beauchamp's Castle, and traces of a Roman camp, where coins, &c., have been found. There is a weekly market. Fairs are held on the first Monday in June, and 10th October."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
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