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The Swansea Tape Recording Local History Project

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A series of recordings made in the 1970s of the memories of people in Swansea, the Swansea Valley and Gower.

1975, City of Swansea Heritage Year, saw the launch of the Swansea Tape Recording Local History Project, headed by the Projects Committee of the Swansea Heritage Executive. The chairman was Hywel Francis from Swansea University, and the secretary was City Archivist John Alban. The committee gathered together a group of around twenty volunteers to conduct interviews with local people, and the first recordings date from 1975. The majority that are now in existence were completed by 1979, but a few date from the 1980s, and in particular a set that were made in 1988-89 by students on Swansea University's Diploma in Local History course, run by Dr Alban.

The recordings are, with two exceptions, in English, and the interviewees are mostly Swansea and Gower people, with some from the Swansea Valley. The oldest were born in 1881, and the youngest in the 1920s. Their memories cover industry, social conditions, farming life, religion and employment. Many interviewees talk in some detail about life during the Second World War, and especially the Three Nights' Blitz on Swansea.


List of the recordings

Alfred George Clarke (born 24/11/1906) of 50 Lynford Avenue, Grenfell Park Estate, Kilvey, Swansea.
Interviewed by Barry Fagg, 1975

Evan John Davis (born 1889) of 4 Hendrefoilan Road, Tycoch, Swansea.
Interviewed by Barry Fagg , 1975

William Henry Francis (born 1/1/1912) of 4 Pentyla Road, Sketty, Swansea.
Interviewed by Barry Fagg, 1975

William Henry Francis (born 1/1/1912) of 4 Pentyla Road, Sketty, Swansea.
Interviewed by Barry Fagg, 1975

George Saunders (born 1913)
Interviewed by Peter Davis, 1975

Miss Witts of Swansea and J. D. Williams of 2 The Close, Swansea.
Interviewed by Henry Rees, 1975

William Jones (born 1908) of 55a Bishopston Road, Bishopston, Swansea.
Interviewed by Michael Williams, 1975

William Jones (born 1908) Bernard Griffiths and Gwendoline Mary Powell of Bishopston, Swansea.
Interviewed by V.E. Bodger and M. Williams, 1975

Walter T Ace (born 15/10/1907) of 42 Manselfield Road, Murton, Gower
Interviewed by V. Bodger and G.M. Thomas 13/5/, 1975

Gladys Jenkins (born 1910) of 47 Oldway, Murton, Gower
Interviewed by Vanessa Bodger 14/5/, 1975

Edmund John Alban (born 2/2/1913) of 'Ashleigh', 33 Trewyddfa Road, Plasmarl, Swansea.
Interviewed by John Alban, 1975

W. H. Grenfell (born 28/9/1904) of 14 Bryn Terrace, Mumbles, Swansea.
Interviewed by Barry Fagg, 1975

W. H. Grenfell (born 28/9/1904) of 14 Bryn Terrace, Mumbles, Swansea.
Interviewed by Barry Fagg, 1975

Jack Spooner (born 13/11/1901) of 33 Idris Terrace, Plasmarl, Swansea.
Interviewed by Barry Fagg 18/6/, 1975

Ernest Llewelyn Clements (born 12/4/1904) of 156 Port Tennant Road, Port Tennant, Swansea.
Interviewed by Barry Fagg, 1975

John Gwynne Morgan of The Cottage, Clydach, Swansea; and Edward Bowen Meyrick (born 30/6/1908) of 6 Caswell Avenue, Caswell, Swansea.
Interviewed by Margaret Edwards, 1975

Roland Morgan of Port Eynon
Interviewed by Gower Vanessa Bodger, 1975

Lambert Noel (born 15/11/1902) of 10 Market Street, Morriston, Swansea.
Interviewed by Barry Fagg, 1975

Joseph Cullen (born 1902) of 'Beachcroft', 12 Hall Lane, Pennard, Swansea.
Interviewed by Margaret Smith May, 1975

David John Nathaniel (born 14/7/1894) of 21 Dinas Street, Plasmarl, Swansea.
Interviewed by Colin Williams, 1975

Mary H Lewis (born 1904) of 40 Trewyddfa Common, Morriston and J Williams (born 16/11/1904) of 35 Llanllienwen Road, Cwmrhydyceirw, Morrison
Interviewed by Colin Williams and Kevin Morgan, 1975

David John Dixon (born 12/1/1892) of 33 Dinas Street and Iorwerth Thomas (born 12/1/1904) of 31 Dinas Street, Plasmarl
Interviewed by E.C. Williams and Kevin Morgan, 1976

John ('Jack') Morris Davis (born 9/2/1911) of 24 New Road, Treboeth, Swansea.
Interviewed by B.C. Fagg, 1975

W. H. Jones (born 1894) of Mill House, Felindre, Llangyfelach, and Daniel Hubert Jones (born 23/1/1899) of 247 Clasemont Road, Morriston, Swansea.
Interviewed by E. C. Williams and K. Morgan 1976

John ('Jack') Morris Davis (born 9/2/1911) of 24 New Road, Treboeth, Swansea.
Interviewed by B.C. Fagg 19/1/1976

Lewis Williams (born 1908) of 67 Solva Road, Clase, Swansea.
Interviewed by E.C. Williams, March 1976

David Trevor Charles (born 12/12/1898) of 94 Pant-y-Celyn Road, Townhill, Swansea.
Interviewed by A. Charles 22/6/1976

Cecil John Crole Lewis (born 17/3/1902) of 23 Raglan Road, Sketty, Swansea.
Interviewed by B.C. Fagg 21/4/1976

Charles Henry Mew (born 21/11/1885) of 78 Beacons View Road, Clase, Swansea.
Interviewed by J.R. Alban 10/8/1976

Henry Baker (born 16/1/1912) of 4 Caldicot Road, Winch Wen, Swansea.
Interviewed by B.C. Fagg 29/6/1976

Thomas Thomas (born 2/9/1897) of 710 Llangyfelach Road, Treboeth, Swansea.
Interviewed by K.R. Morgan, 1975

Francis Parker (born 9/1/1891) of 28 Beachwood Road, Uplands, Swansea.
Interviewed by B.C. Fagg 11/10/1976

Edward Griffiths (born 1903) of 'Nythfa', Felin Fran Road, Llansamlet, Swansea.
Interviewed by E.C. Williams and K.R. Morgan 12/10/1976

John S Davies (born 2/1/1898) of 72 Tynybonau Road, Pontardulais
Interviewer's name not known, 1976

Leonard Daniel Matthews (born 17/9/1910) of 13 Lon Coed Parc, Swansea.
Interviewed by B.C. Fagg 12/1/1977

Ebenezer Edwards and Mrs. Susannah Davies (born 31/5/1888) of 152 Vicarage Road, Morriston, Swansea.
Interviewed by E.C. Williams and K.R. Morgan c. 1976

Robert John Comley (born 27/12/1896) of 28 Lon Ger-y-Coed, Sketty, Swansea.
Interviewed by B.C. Fagg c. 1976

Miss Deborah Bodycombe (born 21/9/1899) of 16 Church Road, Llansamlet, Swansea.
Interviewed by E.C. Williams 16/12/1976

John Richard Morgan (born 1899) of 1 Llys Gwernen, Cwmrhydyceirw, Morriston
Interviewed by E.C. Williams and K.R. Morgan February 1977

Robert James Edmunds (born September 1909) of 6 Ash Street, Morriston, Swansea.
Interviewed by B.C. Fagg 3/3/1977

Major George Young (born 14/3/1894) of 23 Malvern Terrace, Brynmill, Swansea.
Interviewed by Mrs. Susan Hopkins November 1976

Arthur Thomas (born 1/8/1899) of 10 Graigola Road, Glais, Clydach
Interviewed by B.C. Fagg 8/5/1977

Leonard A Toft (born 1920) of 24 Sunningdale Avenue, Mayals, Swansea.
Interviewed by B.C. Fagg 30/3/1977

Mrs. Alice Maud Jones (née Rees) (born 11/12/1920) of 6 Clyndu Street, Morriston, Swansea.
Interviewed by J.R. Alban 11/6/1977

Evelyn Pugh (born 24/1/1909) of 23 Maes-y-Gwernen Drive, Cwmrhydyceirw, Morriston
Interviewed by E.C. Williams 5/5/1977

David Harris (born 16/12/1886) of 1 Station Road, Glais, Swansea.
Interviewed by B.C. Fagg 25/5/1977

David Harris (born 16/12/1886) of 1 Station Road, Glais, Swansea.
Interviewed by B.C. Fagg 25/5/1977

Jack Jones (born 14/10/1913) of 157 Terrace Road, Mount Pleasant, Swansea.
Interviewed by B.C. Fagg, 1975 and, 1975

Jack Jones (born 14/10/1913) of 157 Terrace Road, Mount Pleasant, Swansea.
Interviewed by B.C. Fagg, 1975

Mrs. Annie Davies (born 1881) of 62 Southgate Road, Southgate, Gower, Joseph Cullen (born 1902) of Beachcroft, 12 Hall Lane, Pennard, Swansea, Mrs. May Thomas of Sunnybank, Parkmill, and William Jones of Lunnon, Parkmill, Swansea.
Interviewer unknown, c. 1977

P. Celfryn Jones of 23 Caswell Bay Road, Bishopston
Interviewed by Vanessa Bodger Summer 1977

Francis Leslie Smith (born 7/10/1914) of 37 Heol Fach, Treboeth, Swansea.
Interviewed by B.C. Fagg 20/12/1977

Clifford Benjamin Jones interviewed (interviewer unknown) 4/2/1978

Ivor Watkins (born 29/6/1898) of 16 Townhill Road, Sketty, Swansea.
Interviewed by E.C. Williams and K.R. Morgan 15/3/1978

Miss Kathleen Owen (born 10/11/1915) of New Hill Farm, 163 Newton Road, Newton, Swansea.
Interviewed by Ruth Wright February 1978

Mathias Dixon (born 15/1/1906) of 'Hazelbrook', Bryn Awel Crescent, Treboeth, Swansea.
Interviewed by K.R. Morgan and E.C. Williams 15/2/1978

Alfred Banks (born 1888) of 34 East Cliff, Pennard; and Mrs. Margery Knight of 68 Penyfro, Dunvant, Swansea.
Interviewed by Mrs M.G. Banks February 1978.

Mrs. D Morgan (born 1903) of 'Rosslyn', Harry Street, Morriston, Swansea.
Interviewed by E.C. Williams April 1978

Mrs. Doris Lewis (born June 1906 (1907 given in recording)) of 73 Woodford Road, Blaenymaes, Swansea.
Interviewed by Mrs. Glenys Bridges 6/11/1978.

Arthur Anderson (born 3/6/1913) of 3, Links Court, Langland Bay, Swansea.
Interviewed by Mrs. Joyce Anderson 12/11/1978

Mrs. Ada Sanders
Interviewed by Mrs. Margery Knight c. 1978

Ivor Watkins (born 29/6/1898) of 16 Townhill Road, Sketty, Swansea.
Interviewed by C.J.C. Lewis 12/10/1978

Mrs. Cecilia James of 138 Mansel Road, Bonymaen, Swansea.
Interviewed by Miss P.M. James 29/1/1979

Alan David Osborn (born 31/12/1930) of The Cottage, Oxwich; Mrs Linda A. Williams (née Stairs) of Groes-y-cwm, Slade Cross, Gower, and Peter Burt of 28 Whitestone Road, Bishopston, Swansea.
Interviewed by Mrs. Shirley Osborn; D.J. Grant and M. Cook 1979

Anonymous interviewee
Interviewed by Jacqueline Rees 1979

Norman Arnold
Interviewed by Mr. Terrett 7/12/1979

Bernard Evans of 26 Broadmead, Killay, Swansea; and Hilary Banks
Interviewed by Linda Williams and Mrs. Margery Knight 7/1/1980 and 14/2/1978

David Gwyn Thomas (born 1907) of 31 Mill Street, Gowerton, Swansea.
Interviewed by H.M. McKelvie 10/1/1980

Mr A. L. D. Birt of Swansea, former highway engineer
Interviewer unknown, 20 Jan. 1980

E. A. Chilcott,
Interviewer unknown, c. 1980

Anonymous interviewee and interviewer, c. 1980

Mr Peter Williams of Swansea.
Interviewed by Pauline James, 21 May 1979

Miss G. M. Walters of Ffynone
Interviewed by unnamed interviewer, April 1979

Anonymous interviewee, interviewed by Glenys Bridges, n.d., 1980s

Ann Iles, (born 1936 in Tycoch)
Interviewed by unnamed interviewer, n.d., 1980s

Reg Kenwood of 4 Castle Avenue, Mumbles
Interviewed by John Wright, 4 Mar. 1992

Mr John Jones ("Jack Sandy") (born in Lunnon, Jan. 1896)
Interviewed by Margaret Smith; recording made in Southgate County club, 1976

Mrs Williams of Big House Farm, Lunnon, farmer, and a younger relative, Kath
Interviewed by Mrs J. Vernon, c. 1977

Mr Jack Shepherd of Pennard
Interviewed by Mrs J. Vernon, c. 1977

Nansi Mascetti of 34 Townhill Road, Sketty, Swansea (born 1931)
Interviewed by Glenys Bridges, 11 Oct. 1988

Richard Evans of Aberdare Road, Glynneath, born 26 Sep. 1929
Interviewed by Elizabeth Belcham, 26 Oct. 1988

Mrs Annie Jenkins of Morcote, Middleton, Rhossili, Gower, born 17 Oct. 1890
Interviewed by Leonard Beynon, 9 Nov. 1988

Mrs Margaret Powell of 96 Llanllienwen Road, Ynysforgan, Swansea.
Interviewed by E. C. Williams, 6 Dec. 1988.

Garfield Kift of 23 Field Close, Morriston, Swansea.
Interviewed by Sandra Thomas, 21 Jan. 1989

William Quigley of 106 Milton Terrace, Mount Pleasant, Swansea (born 16 Sep. 1907)
Interviewed by R. T. Price, 27 Dec. 1988

John Ivor Bowen of 40 Brynbrain Road, Cefn-bryn-brain, Cwmllynfell, born 6 Sep. 1923
Interviewed in Welsh, 1 July 1989





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