Loughor  Glamorgan


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

LOUGHOR, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in the district of Llanelly and county of Glamorgan. The town stands on the river Loughor and on the Julian way, adjacent to the South Wales railway, 7 miles WNW of Swansea; occupies the site of the Roman station Leucarum; was once a place of considerable note, but now is practically a mere village; had a castle of Henry Beauchamp, built about 1100, taken by the Welsh in 1150, and given by Edward Il. ...

to the Despencers; retains a ruined square tower of the castle; is a borough, nominally governed by a portreeve and 12 aldermen, and uniting with Swansea, Neath, and Kenfigg in sending a member to parliament; ranks as a sub-port to Swansea; and has a station on the railway, and fairs on 2 June and 10 Oct. A modern bridge takes the highway here across the river; and a bridge upwards of a ¼ of a mile long takes across the railway. The Spitty copperworks are on the opposite bank, and give employment to some of the inhabitants. Roman coins and other relics have been found; and two small Roman camps are near. Real property of the town, £1,776; of which £100 are in mines. Pop. in 1851. 821; in 1861,876. Houses, 198. -The parish includes a considerable rural tract; and comprises 3,589 acres of land, and 410 of water. Posttown, Llanelly. Real property, £3,753; of which £600 are in mines. Pop. in 1851,1,099; in 1861,1,238. Houses, 260. The property is not much divided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St. David's. Value, £180. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is good.—The sub-district contains also Llangennech parish and Berwick hamlet. Pop., 3,970. Houses, 788.

Loughor through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 16th April 2024

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