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Swansea is the second largest city in Wales situated in the county of West Glamorgan. It grew steadily during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to become an important centre of heavy industry, due largely to its location on the South Wales Coalfield. The city has a population of around 225,000. Swansea is one of the wettest cities in Britain, owing to its exposed Atlantic location. The River Tawe passes through the city centre. Copper smelting was in operation in Swansea in the early part of the eighteenth century. By the mid nineteenth century, Swansea was the largest producer of copper in the country and one of the largest exporters of coal in the world. Through the twentieth century, the coal mines were closed and the associated heavy industry declined dramatically, along with the docks, which have been developed for leisure and modern industry. The Royal Institution of South Wales houses prehistoric exhibits from the caves of the Gower peninsula. Most jobs in Swansea are now in public administration, health, education, distribution and financial services. The map below shows the features of the city as it was around the mid twentieth century. Click on a selected area of the map to see an enlargement.

Swansea Map
Swansea City Map

Map of Swansea

Old map of the city of Swansea circa 1950

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Swansea Map

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