Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

17/4/2007

Swansea

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Swansea (Welsh: Abertawe, “mouth of the Tawe”) is a city and county in Wales. Situated on the South Wales coast immediately to the east of the Gower Peninsula, Swansea is the second largest city in Wales. It expanded rapidly during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, becoming a centre of heavy industry.

The name Swansea is believed to come from “Sweyn’s Ey” (“ey” being the Old Norse word for “island”) and to have originated in the period when the Vikings plundered the south Wales coast. Consequently it is pronounced Swan’s-y [Ë¡swÉ’nzi]) not Swan-sea.

Swansea is bordered by Carmarthenshire to the north, and Neath Port Talbot to the east. for more click here

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