The River Tawe Ferryboat

The River Tawe Ferryboat

Ferryboats have crossed the River Tawe linking Swansea West with Swansea East for centuries. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the need to cross the river increased with the development of the copper and zinc industries. Toll bridges were built over the River Tawe...

Lower Swansea Valley Project

Lower Swansea Valley Project

The Lower Swansea Valley Project was created to regenerate the toxic and polluted land along the River Tawe. By the 1980s, grasses and plants were introduced to the area, changing the landscape into the green valley of today. Crëwyd Prosiect Cwm Tawe Isaf i...

Mumbles Railway the Pier

Mumbles Railway the Pier

Mumbles Pier was built and opened to the public in 1898. It was the terminus for the Mumbles Railway and the terminal for P & A Campbell Co Ltd white funnel ferryboats.  Adeiladwyd ac agorwyd Pier y Mwmbwls i'r cyhoedd ym 1898. Dyma oedd terfynfa Rheilffordd y...

Swansea Jack

Swansea Jack

Born in 1930, Jack was a black retriever who saved the lives of 27 people around Swansea docks and the River Tawe. He became the most decorated peacetime dog in Britain. Jack died of poisoning in 1937. An epitaph was erected opposite St Helen’s Ground on Swansea...

Mumbles Railway Slip Bridge

Mumbles Railway Slip Bridge

The Swansea and Mumbles Railway was the venue for the world's first passenger horsecar railway service.  Rheilffordd Abertawe a'r Mwmbwls oedd lleoliad y gwasanaeth rheilffordd cerbydau teithwyr wedi eu tynnu gan geffylau cyntaf yn y byd. Swansea Mumbles Railway was...

Three Nights of Lighting:  Swansea during the Blitz, February 1941

Three Nights of Lighting: Swansea during the Blitz, February 1941

Swansea experienced three nights of intensive bombing by the German Luftwaffe in February 1941. 230 lives were lost and 409 people seriously wounded.  Profodd Abertawe dair noson o fomio dwys gan Luftwaffe yr Almaenwyr ym mis Chwefror 1941. Collwyd 230 o fywydau a...

The Zeta: North Dock

The Zeta: North Dock

The Zeta was a three masted Barque commissioned by Lord Henry Bath of  Longland's Swansea and was the pride of his copper barque fleet. The Zeta was the first merchant ship to navigate the Straights of Magellan to Chile, avoiding the treacherous Cape Horn.  Llong tri...

The North Dock Bridges circa 1900

The North Dock Bridges circa 1900

During the 19th century, Swansea had three major railway stations: the G.W.R High Street, the L.M.S Victoria Station and the L.M.S and VI at the Midland Station, St Thomas.  Yn ystod y 19eg ganrif, roedd gan Abertawe dair gorsaf reilffordd fawr: Stryd Fawr y GWR,...

South Dock Swansea 1880

South Dock Swansea 1880

South Dock Swansea was opened to shipping in 1859. It was used for goods such as timber, building materials and food imports such as bananas.  Agorwyd Doc Deheuol Abertawe i longau ym 1859. Fe'i defnyddiwyd ar gyfer nwyddau fel pren, deunyddiau adeiladu a mewnforion...

The Mary Dugdale at Night, River Tawe, Swansea, circa 1840

The Mary Dugdale at Night, River Tawe, Swansea, circa 1840

The Mary Dugdale birthed on the River Tawe, glowing in the light of the copper furnaces.  Angorai’r Mary Dugdale ar Afon Tawe, yn disgleirio yng ngoleuni'r ffwrneisi copr. Here the Mary Dugdale sits peacefully on the River Tawe at night, but the toxic smoke from the...

The Mary Dugdale, River Tawe
Swansea, circa 1840

The Mary Dugdale, River Tawe Swansea, circa 1840

The Mary Dugdale was a passenger carrying ship. During her many voyages, she took representatives of the developing copper industry in Swansea around the world. Roedd y Mary Dugdale yn llong oedd yn cludo teithwyr. Yn ystod ei llu o fordeithiau, aeth â chynrychiolwyr...

Landore Viaduct circa 1885

Landore Viaduct circa 1885

The Landore Viaduct opened in 1850 as part of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Great Western Railway. It crossed over the River Tawe, Swansea Canal, Death Road and the Swansea Vale railway line. The original old wooden structure was replaced with a wrought iron construction...

High Street Station Swansea circa 1850

High Street Station Swansea circa 1850

The terminal for Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Great Western Railway opened in 1850, linking Swansea to London and Bristol.  Agorodd terfynfa Rheilffordd Great Western Isambard Kingdom Brunel ym 1850, gan gysylltu Abertawe â Llundain a Bryste.    Here we see the opening...

Dylan Thomas and the Blitz

Dylan Thomas and the Blitz

After the three nights blitz in Swansea, Dylan Thomas came back from London where he was a War Correspondent. After seeing the devastation of the event first-hand, he wrote ‘Return Journey’.  Ar ôl y blitz tair noson yn Abertawe, daeth Dylan Thomas yn ôl o Lundain,...

The Copper Smelting Works circa 1880

The Copper Smelting Works circa 1880

In the Long House, copper ore was smelted by rows of reverberating furnaces.  Yn y Long House, mwyndoddwyd mwyn copr gan resi o ffwrneisi toddi. In this painting Jeff Phillips opens our eyes to the working conditions of industrial employees in the late 19th century. ...

Cold Rolling

Cold Rolling

Sheet copper was used on the bottom of Royal Navy ships, to make steam boilers, coins and many other items.  Defnyddid dalenni o gopr ar waelod llongau’r Llynges Frenhinol, i wneud boeleri stêm, darnau arian a llawer o eitemau eraill. Britain’s status as a global...