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by Denise Large née Hargreaves

The fifth of January 2020 marks the 60th anniversary of the demise of our much-loved Mumbles Railway.

by Kate Jones

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.

'On the lighthouse island Keeper Abraham Ace watched a darkly-clad man picking his way across the sounds from the mainland. The main was his assistant, William Walkey, and the tide was coming in . . .'

Images of Horton Beach by Richard Lewis

added to memories by David Tucker

Life with the American GIs at Port Eynon

By Carole Walters (née Gorman)

Kemp's was a fascinating shop, which sold everything one needed from soft furnishing to ladies' stockings.

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.'

a lifetime of achievement

by Mary Roll-Vallanjon

(his grand-daughter)

Photos - Selwyn Shute Castleton Stores

Affectionately known as 'Seldom Shut'

Including A George & Son who had the shop earlier

By Carol Powell

Here, echoing down the years, are the impressions of some of its inhabitants told in their own words.

More: Echoes of Victorian Mumbles


Brian E. Davies

We are also asked:

Was it ever called 'The Rose?'

With extra photos: Life on the Broadway of Mumbles by Carol Powell

Broadway is the name given to a small section of Newton Road

Cricket, Tea and Tragedy on the Mixon Sands

At low tide, the waves passing over the Mixon Sandbank can be impressive when viewed from Bracelet Bay.


Mixon Sands photo and video album

an discover more of this phenomenon

A new photo:

By Bernard Stockton

Pantomimes at the ‘Legion’ in Oystermouth Square, were part of the village scene from 1946 into the 1950s

Please can you add any more names?

Another look at:

Photo Left: A New Information Board has been installed at Bracelet Bay

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!

Like most Mumbles boys, I'm not sure which came first, the ability to walk or the ability to swim.

and The Dingle

a Secret Garden in Caswell

formerly Somerset House

by Jan McKechnie


by Carol Powell


Everyday Life in the Police Service >

Set in Mumbles, this tells the stories of the lives of the local policemen during a century of prodigious change from the 1850s to the 1950s.

A famous landmark in the area

At Bracelet Bay


Jan Spooner née Tucker Remembers >

School: between Sept 1963 and July 1967

Mumbles Men and

Which took place between the seventh and twelfth of July

by Carol Powell MA

A year in the life of Mumbles

at Southend, Mumbles, by Ronald Studden

A selection of films from You Tube

D Day Remembered

Normandy landings on 6 June 1944

American GIs in Mumbles, Swansea & Gower >

A Collection of articles

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.

by Edna Davies ( née Harris)

The Children Who Loved Books

The fire gutted remains of W H Jones, Boot & Shoe Depot, Post Office & Stationer.

William Laugharne Morgan

William Laugharne Morgan - A brief biography >

by Carol Powell MA


by Julia Young (née Grey)

The Horsepool Harbour and the Marine Hotel

Other names are more obscure and intriguing e.g. the name of our old harbour, Horsepool. .

Lifeboat: James Stevens 12 launching

The Second Mumbles Lifeboat Disaster >

By Kate Jones

The six Mumbles lifeboat crew who drowned off Port Talbot in February 1903 - their names never forgotten.

The Dunns

An Amble Along The Dunns
The street at the centre of the village,
Taylor's Provision Merchants
Grandpa was a Grocer
Dunns MansionWas situated between where the White Rose Public House now stands and the sea.

The old Tivoli Cinema

The Mumbles Oyster Trade

The Mumbles Oyster Trade

They began to use vessels rigged with a mast, a mainsail, a forestaysail and a jib, which were known as Skiffs.

Working Lives Along the Water's Edge

The names and occupations of some of the other villagers who lived and worked on shore.

Making a Living from the Sea

The 1871 census registered a preponderance of ‘old’ (many still recognisable) Mumbles surnames among the six hundred or so oystermen,

Alfred Pressdee, Taxi Proprietor, shows off his carriage and his new motor car, 1908

Here, horse power is giving way to the new ‘horseless’ carriages