Oystermouth  Glamorgan


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Oystermouth like this:

OYSTERMOUTH, a parish in Swansea district, Glamorgan; in the Gower peninsula, on the W side of Swansea bay, 5 miles S S W of Swansea r. station. It contains the villages of Newton, Norton, and Mumbles, the last of which has a post-office under Swansea; and it is a sea-bathing resort. Acres, 5, 194; of which 1, 220 are water-Real property, £7, 774; of which £80 are in quarries. ... 1851, 1, 938; in 1861, 2, 460. Houses, 519. Oyster-mouth Castle stands on an eminence overlooking the bay; surmounts a huge limestone cliff; was founded in the 11thcentury, probably by Henry de Bellamonte; has beenpartly restored by the Duke of Beanfort; is enteredthrough a gateway, formerly flanked by two towers; hasan irregular outline, approximating that of an isoscelestriangle; and includes, at the N E angle, a heavily-buttressed square tower of three stages, the upper story of which is a chapel of early decorated English date. Limestone is quarried and calcined; an oyster fishery iscarried on; and a tram railway goes to Swansea. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of St. David's. Value, £85. Patron, Col. Perrot. The church is ancient; was nearly rebuilt in 1860, in the early decorated English style, at a cost of £2, 100; and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with tower and vestry. There are an Independent chapel, and charities £6.

Oystermouth through time

Oystermouth is now part of Swansea district. Click here for graphs and data of how Swansea has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Oystermouth itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Oystermouth, in Swansea and Glamorgan | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 19th April 2024

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