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Cwmbwrla, Swansea St. Luke

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"St. Luke's, CWMBWRLA, is an ecclesiastical parish, formed in May, 1911: the church, erected in 1890 a chapel of ease to St. Peters, Cockett, at a cost of £2900, is a building of stone in the Gothic style ... in the east side of the church is a stained glass window, which, together with a marble tablet, commemorates the men of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18: there are 530 sittings. The register dates from the year 1890. The living is a vicarage, gross yearly value £200, in the gift of the Bishop of St. David's and the Board of Patronage. " [From  Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks)  - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]


Business and Commerce Records

Italians in Swansea - Gus's Cafe, Cwmbwrla owned by the Italian De Marco family. - on the People's Collection Wales site



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

  • Babell Calvinistic Methodist 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

This Swansea church is dedicated to St. Luke, is in the Benefice of Swansea St. Luke (Cwmbwrla), and diocese of Swansea and Brecon. Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be located at grid reference SS649949.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1886-1914 1890-1949 - 1905-1927 -

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

  • St Luke (Cwmbwrla) ecclesiastical parish records          "Originally a chapel of ease to St Peter, Cockett, formed into a parish in 1911."
    "Registers (including service and banns registers) 1886-1989; licences 1890, 1910; electoral rolls 1939-c. 1980; PCC minutes 1914-1975; Churchwardens' accounts 1927-1980"
Non Conformist Registers Held at the Public Record Office, London
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Y Babell, Calvinistic Methodist 1853-1924, 1955-1959, 1973-1983 1972-1981 1955-1958, 1972-1987 SS 64589478

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Military History

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Private John Llewellyn Job served with the East Lancashire Regiment in Salonika, Greece. This is a letter to his parents in Manselton, from Salonika written on 27 August 1916 – one noteworthy passage says ‘I was very sorry to hear of so many Cwmbwrla boys being killed & wounded in France, and also Mrs Griffiths’ case’. Less than three weeks after writing this, John himself was dead. 
  • William James Lewis was one of the three sons of David and Margaret Lewis of Cwmbwrla who volunteered for service in the First World War. This article was printed in a local paper in which a fellow soldier commended him for his bravery. The text reads: "HE SAVED MY LIFE" SWANSEA PRIVATE'S GALLANT ACT GLOWING LETTER TO HIS MOTHER


 Miner's tobacco tin, engraved 'Jenkin Jenkin, 77 Pentregethin Road, Cwmbwrla, 1909', Swansea, 1909 - on the People's Collection Wales site