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The various Theatres and Cinemas in the town centre – mostly long gone. Continue reading

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Cinemas and Theatres

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The Empire Oxford Street Rialto Wind Street Odeon Kingsway Vu York Street Parc Tawe The Albert Hall Craddock Street The Palace High Street Landore Neath Road Gem Sway Road Morriston Fforestfach the Grand Singleton Street Elysium High Street

High street 1950s, Woolworth on the left

High Street

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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.

Chemist at 30 High Street in the 1890s

Davies Chemist at 30 High Street in the 1890s

 

1905 Tram Terminus High Street

1905 Tram Terminus High Street outside the Cameron Hotel

High Street Railways Station

Great Western Railway Station upper High Street

Lewis Lewis in High Street Swansea

Lewis Lewis Department store in High Street Swansea

The Grand Hotel

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.

The Mackworth Hotel High Street demolished in 1971

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.

Read more: http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Hotel-popular-place/story-13893758-detail/story.html#ixzz36iFeAMtf

Wind Street

Wind street mid 1930s

Wind street, currently a most lively and attractive street with a host of well preserved facades housing a host of pubs restaurants and bars with the dubious notoriety of being the 2nd most dangerous street in the UK for a night-out. In more recent times locally its name is sometimes corrupted to “Wine” Street.

One of the very oldest streets in the town it has seen many changes both to road layout and its buildings.

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The Mackworth Hotel Wind Street Swansea

The Mackworth Hotel Wind Street Swansea

Wind street with Ben Evans on the left

Wind street with Ben Evans on the left

High Street

High Street circa 1909

High Street circa 1909

Long past its best, today High Street is finally undergoing a massive development bringing a very overdue revamp of a long neglected area, long past its best.

High street 1950s, Woolworth on the left

High street 1950s, Woolworth on the left

a clean modern High Street Swansea pictured in 1964

a clean modern High Street Swansea pictured in 1964

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Leys Fruiters

adjacent to High Street Railway Station

High Street Railways Station

Great Western Railway Station High Street

 

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