Swansea, Glamorgan

Historical Description

Swansea (called by the Welsh Abertawe), the metropolis of Wales, and in variety of products the metallurgical centre of the United Kingdom, is situated at the mouth of the Tawe in Glamorgan, and is the most westerly seaport in the Bristol Channel. Built on the neck of The peninsula of Gower, which stretches itself into the sea 25 miles, it faces the famous Swansea Bay, which Southey and Walter Savage Landor considered rivalled the Bay of Naples. Its climate is soft and pleasant, being sheltered from the northeast and north-west, the south-westerly winds being moderated by the vast, expanse of sea they blow over. On the authority of the Registrar-General it is one of the healthiest towns in the United Kingdom, the death-rate being on an average from 12 to 15 in the thousand. It is in Ion. 4º W and in lat. 51-36º N, being 200 miles from the metropolis and about the same distance from Manchester and Liverpool. It is 40 miles W of Cardiff. At the census of 1891 the municipal borough contained 90,349 inhabitants, and the Swansea Parliamentary district, which includes Loughor, Kenfig, Neath, and Aberavon, 117,367.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

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