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This month,month we have com­plete prod­ucts re­lat­ing to Swansea and wider Wales, in­clud­ing a proto- census of Swansea from the early 19th cen­tury, tran­scribed and pub­lished by Glam­or­gan Fam­ily His­tory So­ci­ety, plus some high­lights from the col­lec­tions of West Glam­or­gan Ar­chive Ser­vice.

Swansea Town Sur­veys

Th­ese unique sur­veys of Swansea were orig­i­nally planned and car­ried out by a lo­cal schol­arly body that would even­tu­ally found Wales’s first mu­seum and be­come the Royal In­sti­tu­tion of South Wales. The sur­veys dat­ing from 1837 and 1839, nor­mally priced £8, are held by West Glam­or­gan Ar­chive Ser­vice and were tran­scribed by mem­bers of Glam­or­gan FHS ( The 1837 sur­vey tran­scrip­tion in­cludes the orig­i­nal page num­ber on which the in­for­ma­tion ap­pears, then the sur­name, oc­cu­pier, pro­pri­etor, de­scrip­tion of the prop­erty, rental/rate­able value and ad­dress. For ex­am­ple, in one of the first en­tries we learn that a Cather­ine Jones was liv­ing in a house and gar­den in Glouces­ter Place with a gross rental value of £45. The 1839 sur­vey in­cludes more de­tails of pro­fes­sion and/or busi­ness, the nu um­ber of fam­i­lies/ in­di­vid­u­als at ea ach prop­erty and their re­li­gion.

SouthS Wales Direc­tory

Th his com­plete trade direc­tory, pu ub­lished in 1835, is nor­mally av vail­able from ge­neal­ogy su up­pli­ers

co o.uk priced £6.95. Like most Pig got’s di­rec­to­ries of the era, th his is not as ex­haus­tive as later 19 9th- cen­tury di­rec­to­ries would be ecome, but it re­mains a very us se­ful source of in­for­ma­tion. As th he ti­tle sug­gests, it cov­ers not on nly Swansea but all of South Wales,W in­clud­ing Cardiff, Brid­gend,Br Aberys­t­wyth, Cardi­gan, Car­marthen, Haver­ford­west, Llanelly, New­port, Rad­nor and more.

West Glam­or­gan in Kelly’s Direc­tory

As part of a spread of ma­te­rial from the West Glam­or­gan Ar­chive Ser­vice, we have this 43-page sam­ple of West Glam­or­gan as it ap­pears in the 1884 Kelly’s

Direc­tory. It in­cludes Swansea, Neath, Aber­avon (ie Port Tal­bot), Bri­ton Ferry, Oys­ter­mouth (ie Mum­bles), Pon­tard­du­lais, Pon­tar­dawe and the Swansea Val­ley, the Afan and Neath Val­leys, and Loughor.

Swansea Ar­chives

Also from the ar­chive ser­vice, we have a host of im­ages and doc­u­ments, in­clud­ing a map of Swansea in 1867 and one of Bri­ton Ferry in 1870.

In­cluded in this month's bonus con­tent is this bor­ough map of the bound­aries of Swansea from 1867

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