High Street was the centre of early town life and the Cameron Hotel was a terminus for local tram routes a very popular and busy street. Sadly today it is a shadow of its former self, very run-down and does not present a good impression to those arriving at the City’s Railway Station.
Thankfully some regeneration work is in progress in a sympathetic less modernist style.
Davies Chemist at 30 High Street in the 1890s
War damaged Woolworth Store in Swansea from College Street
Woolworths Store in High Street following the Blitz of the town.
1930s Woolworths Swansea
The ruin of Woolworth Stores Swansea
Swansea High St Cameron Hotel
1905 Tram Terminus High Street outside the Cameron Hotel
Great Western Railway Station upper High Street
Lewis Lewis Department store in High Street Swansea
The Grand Hotel
NEAR the top of Swansea’s High Street stands the lilac-coloured residential block Mackworth Court, owned by the Coastal Housing Group which has been built on the site of The Angel Hotel itself built in 1889 for an entrepreneur R E Jones. In order to enlarge The Angel, which was conveniently near the Great Western Railway station, Jones purchased for demolition the adjacent Capel Seion, a Welsh congregational chapel, which was then relocated to Henrietta Street.
Swansea’s Mackworth Hotel High Street demolished in 1971
After purchasing the name and licence of the old Mackworth Arms Hotel in Wind Street (demolished in 1898 to make way for the new head Post Office), Jones renamed his hotel “The Angel” to The Mackworth Hotel, and the new venue became Swansea’s foremost hotel for much of the 20th century, popular for wedding receptions and dinner dances (having a resident orchestra). Famous guests were Dame Vera Lynn and the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, who stayed when appearing at the Empire Theatre in Oxford Street in September 1952.
The Mackworth was the scene of a murder in 1958, when its proprietor Eric Battye was stabbed to death. The Hotel closed in 1967 and was demolished in the 1970s.
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