Swansea Family History
Swansea Family History 

2016

Topics covered

 

 

1. The Blitz

Britain - 7th September 1940 and lasted to 21st May 1941

43,000 civilians lost their lives

Swansea - Three Nights Blitz 19th-21st February 1941

397 people injured and 230 killed

1.1 Update

Neville Rees - first house in Swansea to be hit, June 1940

2. The Cambiran 

First weekly newspaper published, 1804.

Final edition, March 1930

3. Churches of Swansea and Gower

118 churches either open or sometime sadly closed and used for different purposes.

Swansea (24), Blackpill (1), Brynmill (6), Cockett (3), Cwmbwrla (6), Dunvant (3), Gower (29), Killay (3), Mount Pleasant (3), Mumbles (9), Sandfields (1), Sketty (10), Townhill (4), Tycoch (2), Uplands (11) and West Cross (3)

3.3 Churches Quiz

Name the Church!

3.4 Complete List of all Swansea and Gower Churches 

4. Crime and Punishment

Swansea Prison - Place of Execution

First execution, March 1858 - Panotis Alepis and Manoeli Selapatana

Last exeuction, 1958 - Vivian Teed

4. Criminal Records

Debtors' Prison, Swansea Castle

Swansea House of Correction, opened May 1829

First governor William Cox

Municipal Coporation Act, 1835

Swansea Borough Police Force formed 1836

First murder case, August 1842

'new' Central Police Station opened, 1874

Swansea Prison, Oystermouth Road, built between 1845 - 1861

Mug-Shot

5. The Docks

Swansea Harbour establisted 1760s

Swansea Canal - 16.5 miles, 36 locks and 5 aqueducts, 373 feet

1852 North Dock

Swansea Dock Company

1859 South Dock

Swansea Harbour Teust

1881 Prince of Wales Dock

1904 Kings Dock

1909 Prince of Wales Dock

1920 Queens Dock

6. Exploring Swansea's Graveyards

There are seven Swansea council cemeteries, Danygraig (1865), Oystermouth (1883), Cwmgelli (1896), Morriston (1915), Coedgwilym, Clydach (1920), Rhydgoch, Pontarddulais (1907) and Kingsbright, Gorseinon (1935)

7. Fanny Imlay

The 'death' of fanny Imlay at the Mackworth Arms, 1816

8. It's Good To Talk

The importance of Oral History

9. Last of the Summer Wine - No Sign Bar

History of one of Swansea oldest buildings

Maps first published in 1852 by the Swansea Local Baord of Health

Ordnance Survery Maps, 1951, 1971 and 1988

Trade Directories dating from 1816 to 1970

Telephone Directoris dating from 1941 to present

10. Lloyds Register and Emigration

First published 1764-66, 1768-11

Annually since 1775

Free Emigratns

Assisted Emigrants

11. Night Vigil

Westminster Abbey

Battle of Somme, 1916

Westminster Night Vigil

12. Reader Enquiry

German airman, Kurt Brand, buried St. Hilary's, Killary

Update of Kurt Band

13. Reader Feedback

Charlotte Thomas, grandfather, Haydn Thomas, memories of the Three Night Blitz

14. Swansea Grand Theatre

1807, Swansea, The Theatre Royal, corner of Bank Street

first pantomine, Mother Goose, 1809

Threatre Royal closed, 1899

Buildings before the Grand Threatre include, 1888, Malthouse and a Drill Hall

Grand Threatre opening ceremony, 1897, Madam Adelina Patti.

July 1897, first production, 'The Geisha'

15. Titanic

Swansea victims

David Bown (boxer);

Evan Davies;

William John Rogers;

Robert William Nornam Leyshon;

Owen William Samuel;

Leslie Williams, Boxer

Swansea survivor

William Cyril Foley

 

 

 

 

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