A History of Mumbles

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Mumbles Hill -
Walk & Talk event

  Flora, Fauna and Forts of Mumbles Hill at 10.30 hrs on Saturday 7 June 2014 Following the opening

Commemorating the Peace in 1919

1919 is a snapshot-in-time of life over a period of twelve months. This was a year of sharp contrasts-

William Laugharne Morgan -
tragedy and the Great War

W. Laugharne Morgan & Co. was a parcels & delivery business in Swansea & Mumbles. Tragedy was to strike,
when both his eldest son and his nephew  (both
awarded the MC) were killed in action in 1918.

Glyn Cerrig House- a Mumbles landmark
The Lloyd-Jones family had occupied Glyn Cerrig for over 100 years, when demolition began

 New  Geology Field Guide which includes
A stroll along the prom (Swansea Bay) 

The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Mumbles
 Voting in our local and national elections is something we women now take for granted . . .

   Amy Dillwyn, Frances Havergal and Morfydd Owen
Three Remarkable Ladies-This new article by Gary Gregor gives brief insights into these three ladies  


The 14 strong crew of the Mumbles lifeboat the James Stevens went to the aid of the S.S. Christina off Port Talbot, during a south-westerly gale.
Loss of he Mumbles Lifeboat
On 23rd April 1947 the entire lifeboat crew of eight were lost whilst going to the aid of a British steamer, S.S. Samtampa, which had been driven onto the rocks.
The church is first mentioned in 1141. But there may well have been a church in the area before the Anglo-Normans established their castle in the twelfth century 
The Kursaal, was a prefabricated building, which had been dismantled in Ilfracombe and reassembled in Mumbles, opening in August 1906.
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee
and Queen Elizabeth's in 2012
In 2011 Mumbles saw a Royal marriage, but also the centenary of the coronation of William’s Great-great grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary
This is the story of a lost house, those who lived in its environs and the ongoing work by Paul and Linda Griffiths to restore The Dingle, its rediscovered garden, so that it will once again return to its former splendour.
On 25 March 1807, Swansea took her place in History with the inauguration of the world’s first passenger railway. The carriage, wound its way to its destination at Castle Hill (near the present-day Clements Quarry)
The cemetery was tucked away in a secluded spot in the valley between Newton and West Cross at Callencroft.

Days out at Bracelet Bay

In the 1950s, nature had designed a large 'bathing pool' between the mainland and the Middle Island, which attracted many families


Includes paddle-boarding on the Mixon Sandbank, Bracelet Bay
Tom the Fiddler
His selection of ribald songs could always be commanded for the price of a pint of beer. His fiddle, was ever at the service of those who, in addition to supplying him with liquor, would also give him money.

Bidding Weddings
The custom of ‘Bidding’ Weddings was celebrated in traditional style, with feasting and frivolity, in the Oystermouth and South Gower areas.

Some of the families living in the nineteenth-century village had been there for centuries

The Back Lanes of Mumbles

It was considered necessary to have another entrance to the gardens for the scavengers and night soil men.

You can’t please all of the people all of the time!

Prior to the Great War, there were protests because the Council had tarred the roads and wanted the public to pay for street lighting and the changes concerning drinking on a Sunday.


Includes Schools, Alehouses, Banks, Butchers, Cafes, Chemists, Grocers, Police Boxes and more
The work was carried out by members of the Ministry’s staff based in Neath Abbey and a number of students of the University of Wales.
 If you have an article, memory or photograph which you would like to contribute, please contact us-
Our research includes the area
from the river at Blackpill to Caswell Bay
and all the villages within this area-



New Book
Law and Postal Order
Carol's seventh local history book set in Mumbles, tells the stories of the lives of the local policemen and post office staff working in the village and parish of Oystermouth during a century of prodigious change from the 1850s to the 1950s.

£4.99 Available from Cover to Cover, Newton Road

And the development of the
new RNLI Lifeboat House
Captured in Time


                       By Carol Powell

Norman Thomas in his book The Mumbles: Past and Present, states that the clock, which was installed on the church tower in May 1875, was the gift of Mr. Francis Tippings of Le Mayals. However, another version reported in the Cambrian Daily Leader


The shoreline was completely altered by the railway extension to Pier and the Horsepool was gone forever
Since 17C, many Mumbles fishermen would lay up their craft at the Horsepool, a natural haven.

'It is a very remarkable circumstance, Sir that poverty and oysters always seem to go together.'


 In 1883 a windmill was erected above the Bay. 
Victorian bathing tragedies
Mr. W G Harris (front centre) and his cemetery staff in the 1930s
The editors would like any information as to the identities of the other five people
which can then be included in the article
On 3 October 1968, the crew saved seven men from the Sand Dredger, Steepholm, which had been grounded by a gale on the Tusker Rock off Porthcawl.

 Lilliput Hall  Its Life and Times
The Duke of Beaufort owned the 4 acres on which Lilliput Hall stood. Reputed to be some of the oldest buildings in the area, they witnessed many changes during their long life


Summerland House and The Dingle
a Lost Garden in Caswell

 This is the story of a lost house, those who lived in its environs and the on-going work by Paul and Linda Griffiths to restore The Dingle, its rediscovered garden,




 Bronze Age Roadway

report and pictures

of a prehistoric trackway in Swansea Bay.

Excavated by GGAT in 2012


Fishing Weirs in the Parish of Oystermouth

A series of fish traps or weirs stretched across the bay from Blackpill to Mumbles, known locally as 'The Nets'.




History is not just about 'old'.
History is being made now in 2012.








A Victorian Landmark in twenty-first century Mumbles.
Down the years, many thousands of people have had occasion to use the Station office, whether to buy tickets, ask for information or hire a taxi.
Now submerged in the Bay and extending as far as the Green Grounds, formerly belonged to the Angel family.
A Vanished Landmark

Nurse Lloyd had been caught in a strong current while swimming near the old waterworks
Nurse Henrietta Lloyd, Mumbles’ first trained midwife, founded a mother & baby clinic and mother-craft classes in its schools

The Prince's Fountain, Southend

Mumbles people all recognise the now-neglected landmark fountain near the Rugby Club, but perhaps not many realise its original purpose.
Voluntary aid was supplied by Members of the local VAD and Ladies of the neighbourhood


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information and memories concerning the Mumbles area.
Please see 'Contact us' page.



Mumbles War Memorials