A unique feature is the use of semi-circular arches. The Wave is a local radio station owned and operated by Bauer as part of the Hits Radio network. The port of Swansea initially traded in wine, hides, wool, cloth and later in coal. It broadcasts to Coventry, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, south Staffordshire, the Cotswolds and north Oxfordshire. [113], On the Waterfront, Swansea Bay has a five-mile (8 km) sweep of coastline[114] which features a beach, promenade, children's lido, leisure pool, marina and maritime quarter featuring the museums the National Waterfront Museum and Swansea Museum, the oldest museum in Wales. It included land around Swansea Bay as far as the River Tawe, the manor of Kilvey beyond the Tawe, and the peninsula itself. [141] Swansea had two casinos until 30 August 2012 when Aspers closed. Swansea is the home town of Non Stanford, the 2013 ITU Triathlon World Champion. Swansea may be divided into four physical areas. [42] Church in Wales church viewed across Oystermouth Road. It is rung before every main service to call people to worship. Its engineering department is recognised as a centre of excellence with pioneering work on computational techniques for solving engineering design problems. It is considered "the most important building in Wales of its period". [18] From the late 17th century to 1801, Swansea's population grew by 500%—the first official census (in 1841) indicated that, with 6,099 inhabitants, Swansea had become significantly larger than Glamorgan's county town, Cardiff, and was the second most populous town in Wales behind Merthyr Tydfil (which had a population of 7,705). Swansea's rugby league side plays 13 miles (21 km) from Swansea in the small town of Ystalyfera. Other major employers in the city are Admiral Group, HSBC, Virgin Media, Swansea Bay University Health Board, BT and Amazon.co.uk. [129] Three Cliffs Bay also made the final of the ITV series Britain's Favourite View – the only nomination in Wales and backed by singer Katherine Jenkins. There are 77 primary schools, eleven of which are Welsh-Medium, and six of which are voluntary aided. Swansea Bay Radio. It is owned and operated by Nation Broadcasting and broadcasts on 102.1 FM and DAB from studios near the St Hilary transmitter in the Vale of Glamorgan. [5]. Many other departments including history, computer science and German have been awarded an "Excellent" inspection ratings. The local authority believes this pattern reflects Swansea's role as a service centre for South West Wales. [117] The Dylan Thomas Centre is the focal point for the annual Dylan Thomas Festival (27 October – 9 November). The Urban Subdivision of Swansea covers all urbanised areas within the city boundary, with a population of 179,485, it is considerably smaller than the unitary authority. [3] As of June 2016, the station's news bulletins are provided by independent company Radio NewsHub in Leeds. Originally built in 1888 as a traditional music hall, the building's original name was the 'Pavilion'. The price of copper dropped from £112 in 1860 to £35 in the 1890s. Join Mark and Brogan for Breakfast, weekdays from 6am. Throughout the 19th century, the Vivian family did much to develop Swansea. 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As well as Kilvey Hill the city is in the catchment areas of the Wenvoe transmitter (in the Vale of Glamorgan) and the Carmel transmitter in Carmarthenshire. Listen live Swansea Bay Radio with Onlineradiobox.com In 1904, Evan Roberts, a miner from Loughor (Llwchwr), just outside Swansea, was the leader of what has been called one of the world's greatest Protestant religious revivals. Salt marsh lamb, raised in the salt marshes of the estuary, is also a local speciality. There is a water treatment works at Crymlyn Burrows. [140], Swansea has a number of pubs, bars, clubs, restaurants and a casino. Swansea is home to the Palace Theatre. [112] The south coast of Gower is the chief magnet for walkers, with a path stretching from Mumbles Head across the cliff tops, beaches and coastal woodland to Rhossili. Together with Neath and Port Talbot, Swansea formed a wider Urban Area of 300,352 in 2011. [18] Much of Swansea's growth was due to migration from within and beyond Wales—in 1881 more than a third of the borough's population had been born outside Swansea and Glamorgan, and just under a quarter outside Wales.[24]. Thomas The History of Swansea from Rover Settlement to the Restoration. [41], From 1804 until the 1920s, Swansea experienced continuous population growth. Henry Vivian became the first Lord Swansea in 1893. London Gazette, issue no. Fluellen Theatre Company is a professional theatre company based in Swansea who perform at the Grand Theatre and the Dylan Thomas Centre. By 2012 they had won the league a record four times. [84] The Cardiff edition of the free daily paper Metro is distributed throughout the city. [3] As of June 2016, the station's news bulletins are provided by independent company Radio NewsHub in Leeds.

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