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The Story of Doctor Dolittle

Hugh Lofting


Esoteric Buddhism

A. P. Sinnett


Further Adventures of an Irish R. M.

Edith Somerville and Martin Ross


The Haunted Bookshop

Christopher Morely


A tour through Monmouthshire and Wales,

by Henry Penruddocke Wyndham

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The road now continues under the mountains, near the Severn shore, passing close to some large copper works to Aberavon, where it crosses a stone bridge of one arch, built by the mason of Pont y Pridd, and leads to Briton Ferry. From hence, we rode along the beach for a few miles, and were ferried over the Tavey into Swansea. F % TkE

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Swansea. The aproach to this town, would be rendered much more agreeable and convenient, as well to the inhabitant, as to the traveller, if a bridge of one arch were to be thrown over the Tavey, like that of the Pont y Pridd; which, from the steepness of the banks of the river might easily be effected in such a manner, that vessels might pass under it with all their fails standing. I had the satisfaction of hearing in my second tour, that such an undertaking had been in contemplation, but that it was not yet begun, from the violent opposition of interested parties.

Briton Ferry. The landscapes about Briton Ferry are exceedingly rich; the mountains, the river Neath, and its shady banks, form a beautiful back ground and contrast, to the bold craggy shore, and the broken peninsulated knoles, which, not unfrequently, project from it.

Just above the Ferry is the feat of Mr. Vernon, situated, on an elevation, in the centre of this enchanting view.

The salt breezes from the Severn or Bristol channel, shed no malign influence over the verdure of the trees on this southern coast, which flourish as well here, as in the more inland parts.

Swansea. Swansea makes a handsome appearance from the approach to it, being built near the mouth of the Tavey, on a semicircular rising bank above it. The town is populous, and the streets are

wide; wide: It carries on a considerable trade in coals, pottery and Swansea. copper. A large copper work is perpetually smoaking within view of the town, and another, still larger, employs many hands, a few miles higher up the river.

The plenty of coal in this neighbourhood, and the convenience of exportation, have induced the copper-companies to fix on this spot.

Such indeed is the profusion of lime-stones and coals in Glamorganshire, that lime is the general manure of the whole country: there are few estates, either here or in Monmouthshire, without the advantage of lime pits for that advantageous purpose. The houses, walls, and out-buildings are commonly white-washed, and there is scarcely a cottage to be seen, which is not regularly brushed over every month.

The remaining walls of Swansea Castle, are finished with an open, gothic parapet, through the arches of which the water ran from the tiles: this was an excellent security to the roofs, as they could be in no danger of being damaged by the snow or rain, pent up or confined, while at the same time it added a singular lightness to the building.

I pursued the road from Briton Ferry to Neath in my second Neath. journey. This town lies upon the banks of a river of the same

name,

Neath. name, in the wide part of an extended valley; it was formerly defended by a castle, of which few remnants are now extant.

The ruins of the abbey lie a mile below the town; several arches of the abbey church are still standing, as is a long double vaulted room (part perhaps of the Abbot's house) with a line of pillars running through the diameter of its length, and supporting the diagonal arches which rise from the walls.

I could not discover any traces among the ruins so ancient, as the original foundation, which was begun about the year Iioo.*

The spirit of industry has extended itself successfully through this part of Glamorganshire: it has even exerted itself with a vigour, equal to that in any of the most mercantile towns in the island. This spirit is not indeed luxuriously (hewn, as at Manchester, Liverpool, &c. in proud streets and magnificent buildings, but is substantially seen, on all parts of the Neath river and neighbourhood, in immense copper works and iron forges, in tinworks and coal-mines.


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