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Morriston history final

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  2. 2. IntroductionI wanted to do this project because Morriston has special memories forme. We didn’t need expensive toys to keep us happy we just used ourimagination.I did a survey on Morriston to see if anyone had any knowledge aboutthe area, I was very surprised, at how little people knew aboutMorriston. Knowledge of Morriston A Lot Some Things Nothing 0 2 4 6 8 10 12Morris Castle (also known as Castle Graig) a ruinedbuilding that is situated off Trewyddfa Road .It has been known asMorris Castle, Llewellyn Castle and Castle Graig.It was built between 1768 and 1774 on behalf of Sir John Morris tohouse the families of workers at his industrial copperworks it wasknown as a modern day housing flats...The building originally consisted of four interconnected towers, eachfour stories tall. 2
  3. 3. The towers were connected by blocks which were three stories tall,surrounding a central courtyard. A fierce storm on25th January 1990destroyed a large section of the ruin it lost its east wall in a hurricane; agust reduced one of the towers to rubble. Today, the structure isderelict, with only partial remains of two towers still standing, althoughseveral features of the building can still be seen, including thefireplaces, chimneys, and some of the windows.History of Morriston Morriston is famous for John Morris who came from Shropshire to Swansea in 1726. Sir John Morris, 1st Baronet (15 July 1745 – 25 June 1819) He was the son of Robert Morris a farmer from Shropshire. Morris came to Swansea to start a copper works. He built theinitial streets of Morris Town which is now known as Morriston.In 1806 became a Baronet, of Clasemont in the County of Glamorgan.It is known for its coal, copper tin-plate, slate, brick.Morriston ChurchesThe Tabernacle and St John’s were both built by John Humphreys areGrade I listed buildings.The Philadelphia and Seion both are Grade II listed buildings.St David Sacred HeartSalvation Army PentremalwedSt John’s (grade I listed) Tabernacle (grade I listed)Libernus Philadelphia (grade II listed)Horeb Chapel Seion (grade II listed)Soar Gospel TentBethanial Carmel Chapel 3
  4. 4. CopperworksThe copperworks was founded in 1810 it was designed by John Vivian.It was one of the largest copper exports in the UK in the the middle ofthe 19th century and also produced navel brass, ferro bronzes, leadingots, spelter, silver, gold, sulphuric acid, zinc chloride andsuperphospate.Canals and RailwaysPhoto by Gareth MillsIn the late 1950’s, there was a train line that went from Swansea viaLandore to Morriston. It also had a canal that was pulled by horsepower.The train and canal line were side by side. The train line was disusedin 1963. The canal was filled in around mid 1970’s. 4
  5. 5. When I was young I lived in Morris Street which had a bridge goingover the train track and canal it was dangerous, because some smallchildren would fall into the canal (see picture on next page down) Itwas filled in about mid 1970’s.We used to collect train numbers over the wall by the train track andcanal, all the trains were steam engine ones and we waved to thepassengers aboard.We used to play in an old scrap yard, which we called “The 600”. Thiswas a shortened nickname that we called the site, after the scrap yardcompany, The 600 Group. We also used rooftops of vans that werecut out from old cars, vans and ambulances. We turned the rooftopsupside down, put milk crates as seats and planks of wood for oars tomake canoe have to sail down the canal. We had hours of fun!Along the River Tawe there was a sandy inlet which we calledCockleshell Island. Many a hot summer’s days were spent there,swimming in the river and picnics in the cove.One time when we were younger, my brother came home from schooland told me about a haunted house in Wychtree Street two streetsaway from where I lived. We went along to have a look, myself, Rosmy friend, my brother Michael and my cousin Alan. The middle room ofthis big house had a piano and a large chest of drawers.Every day my brother would go to school and tell his mates about thishaunted house. Ros and I would go and hide inside the drawers andwait.We waited for my brother and his friends to play the piano, as they didwith my fingers I would slide the drawer above me to open it.All the kids would run out of the house screaming. When they returnedto school the next day and they would tell everyone about this house ishaunted.Every day more and more people would visit the house, this went onfor about six months as the crowds, got bigger and bigger, theneighbours complained to the police and the house was boarded. 5
  6. 6. Even my parents and auntie knew what we were up to. To this day it isstill always talked about and one of the best things in our memories!Photo by Gareth MillsIf you look at the bridge part going over the canal you can see howdangerous it was for small children to fall into the canal. 6
  7. 7. MorristoniansFamous MorristoniansJohn Morris was responsible for Morris Castle 1768-1774.Morriston is famous for The Morriston Orpheus Choir- The choir wasformed in 1935. They performed at the London Palladium with HarrySecombe in1957. .John Morris (Copperworks & Castle Graig)William Richard Arnold - Welsh rugby.Anthony Clement – Welsh rugby.Cliff Bowen – Welsh rugby.Richard and Paul Moriaty – Welsh rugby.Shane Williams – Welsh Rugby. International 2008.James Thomas – Welsh International & Swansea AFC.Hayley Tullet – International athlete.Ceri Phillips – Actor and stand up.Jeremy Rees – Welsh broadcaster.Dewi Morris – Welsh comedian, actor and television personalityD. Z. Phillips – Philosopher of Religion.Desmond Barrit – Actor and Choir he was given the Laurence OlivierAward best known for his stage work Royal Shakespeare Company,Chichester Festival Theatre and the Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7
  8. 8. Lan Manor William Thomas of Lan Manor, otherwise known as ‘Thomas the Lan’, became the Major of Swansea in 1877. He was widely regarded for his services to public life in the mid and late 1800s My uncle lived in Lan Manor in the 60’s. My father was a builder and did a lot of building work for my uncle. They lived at the back of the house. The front part was used as letting rooms. This part of the house had a big sweeping stairway and rooms at the top had views of Morriston with Tabernacle Chapel standing out in the background.Photo by Alberta Stevens I have a lot of fondmemories of staying there on week-ends. I did not know the historybehind Lan Manor until I was doing some research for my project. Lan Manor was at the top of a very steep hill in the past. We had avery bad winter in 1963 we had a very bad winter and the snow wasover my head. We could not get down the hill to go home so five of ussat on a tin sheet panel and slid down the hill.Today there is a smaller, not so steep hill there. 8
  9. 9. Old Tram LinesDuring the 1900’s they had a tram that came along Woodfield Streetaround St John’s Church down Martin Street going all the way toSwansea’s High Street.Photo by Alberta StevensMemoriesWe used to have a milkman who delivered our milk on a horse and cartuntil he retired. His name was Cecil and his dairy was in GlantaweStreet.My grandmother was from Slate Street.I remember the Regal Cinema on Woodfield Street. I saw many filmsthere. This cinema is where my mum met my dad.It was demolished in 1963. Woolworth’s and Boot’s are there now.Woolworth’s was at the other end of Woodfield Street, near St John’schurch until it was demolished to make way for the new one. 9
  10. 10. While I was doing my research for this project I found another cinemain Morriston. It was called the Gem and was on Sway Road, oppositeThe Lamb and Flag by the Police Station. It is a tyre and car repairsshop now.The fire station was in Martin Street then. It is now at the bottom ofChemical Road.My grandmother’s brother (Ozzie Hopkins) was a teacher atPentrepoeth Senior School, later he became a Deputy Head Masteruntil he retired in the 1960’s. I’m not sure what he taught, it may havebeen Geography because I remember him helping Mr Harris the P.E.teacher with the Rugby classes.He lived on Clasemont Road until he died in the 60’s. Also my uncleJimmy was also a teacher there he took Geography there until 1970when it closed. His wife Christine (Ozzie’s daughter) was also ateacher, I think they moved to Ireland, where Christine continued herteaching.SourcesDesmond Barrit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaSwansea Docks-Swansea Canal page 2 credited to Alberta Stevens andMorriston Camera ClubPhotographs credited to Gareth Mills. 10