Posts tagged: Swansea Library

Apr 12 2017

Swansea Library – Saturday 22 April 2017

I am presenting one of my talks in the library in Swansea Civic Centre on Saturday 22 April 2017. It should really be called An Alternative A-Z of Swansea since I largely ignore the stories in the published volume. Instead I venture down some strange forgotten and unexpected weed-strangled paths. From now on  D is for Dung, L is for Lobster Curry, G is for the Gowerton Bomb Attack, S is for the Swansea Pedestrians…

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!

Nov 02 2014

Swansea Library – and a Serious Charge against a Brother-in-Law.

I would just like to thank everyone who turned up to my talk in Swansea library on Saturday 1 November 2014. There was a good audience and everyone was very friendly and apparently interested in what I had to say. The talk was called “10 Things about Swansea that you didn’t know yesterday.” Here below is a summary of one of the stories – the story of Thomas Rowe and his sister in law from the Cambrian Newspaper.

SERIOUS CHARGE AGAINST A BROTHER-IN- LAW.—Thomas Rowe was charged with criminally assaulting a woman named Elizabeth Thomas. Complainant stated that the defendant was her brother-in-law.

Between six and seven o’clock on the previous evening she went to her sister’s house. There was no one in, but the door being open she walked into the house. In the inside room, which was used as a bedroom, she put her baby on the bed, and, lying down beside it, she fell asleep. She was awakened by the prisoner committing the offence. In reply to the magistrates’ clerk (Mr. Jenkin Jones) the woman said Rowe was very drunk, and that she also was drunk. He thought it was his wife…


Oct 10 2013

Murder and Mayhem in Swansea

On Saturday 12 October 2013 I am speaking in Swansea Central library at 2.00 pm. I have called the talk “How things do Prosper” and I will be talking about  6 murders. One is quite well documented – but I have uncovered some new and fascinating information about Thomas Allen who murdered the owner of the Gloucester Hotel in 1889. The other 5 are much less well known – but interesting and tragic. You really do need to know about poor Lily Maud Challenger.

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