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How post-war Swansea rose from the ashes of the three-day blitz

A new book about post-war Swansea throws more light on the post-war rebuilding of a town that was to become a city.

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It is being published by the West Glamorgan Archive Service and has been written by the retired academic Dr Dinah Evans of Bangor University who has been working on the book for over a decade. 

She has researched her subject meticulously in West Glamorgan Archives and at The National Archives in Kew, as well as spending many hours reading through contemporary articles in the local press.

Dr Evans said: "As a result of heavy wartime bombing, the urban landscape of central Swansea was redefined. My book analyses the struggles between competing visions of how the town should be rebuilt, those of town planners and local business people, and of central and local government."

The book retails for £20 and is available from West Glamorgan Archives in Swansea Civic Centre or online at

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