Posts tagged: Swansea in the Fifties

Oct 24 2017

Local History Book Fair 2017

Yes, it is that time once more. The Swansea Local History Book Fair

Saturday 28 October 2017 at Swansea Museum, 10.00 am to 4.oo pm

I shall be there with my books, with some interesting key rings and of course with some of Jason O’Brien’s beautiful Christmas cards – all at bargain prices

In addition, at 11.00 am I will be giving a talk about the Bleeding Gravestone of Adulam, the story of a  Bonymaen Tragedy.



Sep 06 2016

Swansea Library 17 September 2016

My next talk is approaching fast! In the Discovery Room of the Central Library at 2.00 pm on Saturday 17 September 2016. Swansea in the 1950sLibrary TalkOf course, there will be copies of all my books on sale!

Sep 29 2015

Swansea in the 1950s. Now Available

I now have books ready for dispatch. The cover price is £14.99 but I am selling copies for £10.50 which includes postage and packing (cheaper than Amazon) and of course mine will be signed and dedicated if required.

It is a full colour book – 96 pages, with 76 pictures including original art work by Jason O’Brien. The book is divided into 12 chapters dealing with issues like Reconstruction, Shopping, Entertainment, Youth, Motoring and Sport for example. Each chapter is named after a number one hit from the decade – so Chapter 9 is about the Police and is called  The Finger of Suspicion – Keeping Swansea Safe.  (Finger of Suspicion by Dickie Valentine was at number one for 3 weeks in January 1955. Obviously.)

I am very pleased with the high quality work that Amberley Publications has produced. It looks very good and I regard it as one of the best books I have done. You can find more information about by clicking here- Swansea in the 1950s

If you would like a copy go to the How to Buy Page – just scroll down.

Here is Richard Burton who was appearing at the Grand Theatre in 1950. Find out more in Chapter 5…

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Sep 23 2015

Swansea in the 1950s – Out Now!

I am pleased to report that my latest book Swansea in the 1950s is now available! You can buy them from me here on the website – just go to the How To Buy page by clicking on this link. They are available at the discounted price of £10.50 to include postage and packing.

Swansea in the Fifties

Sep 14 2015

Jason O’Brien – Artist and Illustrator

Jason is an artist and illustrator based in Swansea and I am very pleased to say that he provided three fantastic illustrations which appear in my new book Swansea in the 1950s which will be published at the end of September 2015. Jason has done portraits of three notable figures from Swansea’s artistic heritage who died during the Fifties – Dylan Thomas, Frank Brangwyn and Evan Walters. The pictures represent very classy additions to the book.

I include below an example of Jason’s work that features in the latest edition of Welsh Country Magazine. I think it is a lovely piece of work.

If you would like to contact Jason then send me an email ( and I will pass it on

Jason's Picture

Aug 13 2015

Swansea in the 1950s


I have finally received the proofs for my next book, Swansea in the 1950s, to be released by Amberley Publishing in September. Everything has been checked and returned for printing and it looks very good.

Here is what the cover looks like. It is an image of the Mayflower Restaurant, built by the Rabiaotti family to supplement their other restaurant the Burlington on the opposite side of the road. These days the Mayflower is now the Co-operative Bank.

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Jun 04 2015

Swansea in the Fifties

I have submitted the text of my next book to Amberley Publishing. A week early too. Astonishing.



The book is called Swansea in the Fifties and I anticipate that it will be available in time for Christmas. Twelve chapters fully illustrated using contemporary photographs and news items. It deals with life in Swansea during this remarkable decade – the rebuilding of the town centre, entertainment, shopping, sport – and of course the emergence of youth culture. I enjoyed writing it and I’m looking forward to holding a copy in my hands.

Here is a picture of the first two new shops to be built after the end of the war – Smiths and Eynons on the High Street – in November 1951

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Mar 26 2015

Marks and Spencer – Thank you

The work on my next book – Swansea in the Fifties – continues. I have spent some time trying to find good illustrations and I am delighted to report that I have had excellent support from Marks and Spencer. I contacted their Company Archive which is based at The University of Leeds and they have sent me a couple of pictures that I can use when I write about the development of post-war shopping in Swansea. Other people I have contacted have not responded at all – most notably Swansea City Football Club and some other local businesses – but M&S have been really helpful. So thank you very much. I may buy new underpants as a mark of gratitude.

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