The newspaper not only provides us with a story that is reported but it is also a very good guide to Swansea’s social history at that present time. One bit of advice would be to be very careful that
the name of the person has been correctly reported.
do we know about The
It was the first weekly newspaper to be published in Wales. It was established by George
Haynes and Lewis Weston
Dillwyn during 1804, with their premises being located in Wind Street.
The newspaper was to help promote Swansea’s com-mercial growth. The content of the newspaper was to include local and general news, also including mining, agricultural and commercial interests.
Circulation of The Cambrianwas
around the principal towns of South Wales, the West of England, also in America, India and the British Colonies.
In the article, To The Public, The
Cambrian illustrates what the aims of the newspaper are, the article reads “………we shall faithfully
record the proceedings of the Legislature, and all important decision in the Law Courts; the prices of the London Markets……Independence and Impartiality shall be our basis – Truth our
The article continues “Intelligent Agents have been
appointed in the chief town of Wales to forward regular accounts of the arrival and sailing of shipping”.
It seems that even Dillwyn and Haynes had
problems at the start of their publications, when the sloop under Captain Diamond,
carrying their printing materials was delayed by bad weather before arriving at Swansea on the 6th January, taking a further 6 days before they could get their equipment situated in their premises.
It seems that printing was a problem even back then!
This is where it becomes a little tricky. How would you know if your family ancestors have been mentioned in a story? Well in short, initially you won’t. There is an online database, Swansea –
Cambrian Index Online, www.swansea.gov.uk/cambrian,
covering from the period from 1804 – 1881. Once you have found the entry on the database, it won’t be the whole story, you would have to use the micro-films housed in the library. Each year of
the news-paper is represented by a microfilm. It would mean going through the whole year to find the required article. Printouts can be made for a small fee.
If you feel there is a story, and it isn’t on the data-base, well there is no simple solution, only hours of trolling through the papers!
Cambrian lasted for 126 years, let’s hope TheBAY lasts
just as long! The final edition of The
Cambrian appeared in March 1930, when it merg-ed with another local newspaper and became the Herald of
Just for fun……The first ‘Family
Announcements’ were the marriage of Charles Smith,
Esq of Guernllwywith to Miss
Barber of Swansea, and the death of John
Vaughan of Golden Grove, Carmarthenshire.
Those who read with interest the Tide Times published in TheBAY, The
Cambrian did the same, for all those Victorian surfers.