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Life after the Lords of Gower - 20th century

The castle continued to have many uses with alternations and additions frequently being made.

Postcard of Swansea Castle © City & County of Swansea: Swansea Museum Collection
Demolition of part of the Castle in 1911 © West Glamorgan Archive Service
Dylan Thomas who worked as a reporter in the Castle © Dylan’s birthplace, No 5, Cwmdonkin Dive
Evening Post reporters working in the Castle © Evening Post
Evening Post compositors working in the Castle © Evening Post
The destruction of the 3 days Blitz on Swansea © West Glamorgan Archive Service
Evening Post Building after the Blitz © Evening Post
Dame after the Blitz © Evening Post
Castle Gardens © Evening Post
Postcard of Swansea Castle © City & County of Swansea: Swansea Museum Collection
Demolition of part of the Castle in 1911 © West Glamorgan Archive Service
Dylan Thomas who worked as a reporter in the Castle © Dylan’s birthplace, No 5, Cwmdonkin Dive
Evening Post reporters working in the Castle © Evening Post
Evening Post compositors working in the Castle © Evening Post
The destruction of the 3 days Blitz on Swansea © West Glamorgan Archive Service
Evening Post Building after the Blitz © Evening Post
Dame after the Blitz © Evening Post
Castle Gardens © Evening Post

A photograph dated 1911 shows the military barracks being demolished. Colonel Morgan who was watching, was renowned as an expert on Swansea Castle and he went on to excavate the "old" castle site. In 1914 he wrote "The Castle has seen bad times, but the present is the worst."

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In the early 1930s Swansea's most famous son Dylan Thomas worked here as a young reporter on the South Wales Daily Post. At that time the newspaper's offices and printing presses completely filled the castle courtyard. Dylan left in 1932 to write poetry, but perhaps the castle provided inspiration for the lines 'Shut, too, in a tower of words'? 

Swansea saw intensive bombing during WWII and whilst the Daily Post buildings were damaged, they survived and were not cleared from the castle's courtyard until 1976. As the town was rebuilt after the War the future of the castle was uncertain. There were even discussions about clearing away the remaining walls. 

 

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The Dylan Thomas Centre - to find out about Swansea's famous son. Or Dylan's birthplace at 5, Cwmdonkin Drive.

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