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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.
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