The fifth of January 2020 marks the 60th anniversary of the demise of our much-loved Mumbles Railway.
If you walk up the drangway to Oystermouth parish church from Mumbles Road and look to your left in the churchyard you will see an unusual grave – unusual because the inscription is in French? You might wonder why.
An old salt said, 'I have seen the maps and ancient pictures which prove that a large extent of land, now submerged in the Bay and extending as far as the Green Grounds, formerly belonged to the Angel family.'
On the 80th Anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, we feature this memory:-
2nd September 1939
by Grafton Maggs
A glorious day was cooling off as a reddening sun sank behind Oystermouth Castle. It was a high tide night on 2nd September 1939 and was within 3ft of the top of the wall, with a gentle swell undulating along its surface. The sea was like a millpond and the heat mist across the bay promised even better things to come.
As ever hundreds of people were present and were startled to hear a shriek from John (Butty) Hinds "Look at the Mumbles train!" The train was pulling into Oystermouth station with its lights masked with blue paint. A glance across the darkening bay and I saw there were no lights around the coast or within the town!
War was imminent and we were not to see those lights again for six years. Life was never going to be the same again
Grafton Maggs, 2019: 'Hard to believe that 80 years have passed since that eve of war Saturday in 1939! I was 14 years of age and my mind still buzzes with memories - so very many and still so clear!'
An extract from High Tide Tonight!
A few of the GIs who lived and trained in Mumbles
Children at play in Newton
High above Mumbles, approached from all sides by steep hills, lies the village of Newton, Before the War and the big post-war building explosion, it was a pretty village with stone-built houses, white-washed cottages and garden walls.
The old Tivoli Cinema
The Mumbles Oyster Trade
Alfred Pressdee, Taxi Proprietor, shows off his carriage and his new motor car, 1908