Mayhill

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View from Mayhill towards the Swansea Bay area, during the autumn of 2010

The district of Mayhill (also known as Mayhill Garden City and Mountain View) is spread over the top of a steep hill of the same name just north west of Swansea city centre, partly separated from Townhill to the west.

Mayhill Garden City started in 1914 as an experimental row of six houses that are still in occupation today as even numbers 2 to 12 Islwyn Road. The majority of homes were built by 1940.[1] Maps from 1874, 1879, and 1921 confirm that prior to the Mayhill Garden City project, Townhill Farm occupied the upper end of Waun Wen Road and a well used by Baptists was located halfway down. At the end of what is now called Long Ridge (previously called Bryon Crescent) there was, and still is, a Jewish burial ground. Waun Wen Road was completed before 1938.

Mayhill is geographically divided into Mayhill South (Mayhill Garden City) and Mayhill North (Mountain View) by Townhill Road. Prominent roads in Mayhill South include Waun Wen Road, Islwyn Road, and Nicander Parade. Prominent roads in Mayhill North include Mayhill Road, and Emlyn Road.

Politically, Mayhill falls within the Townhill ward.[2]

The south side of Mayhill overlooks the city centre, docklands and Swansea Bay. A prominent landmark on Mayhill, visible from the city centre and Hafod is Sea View Primary School (previously known as Mayhill Primary). The north side of Mayhill looks out towards the northern districts of Swansea and onwards towards the mountainous terrain of the Brecon Beacons.

Mayhill consists mostly of suburban housing, however it does also feature a post office on Townhill Road, several fast food establishments, hair dressers, and convenience stores, including a collection of shops at the intersection of Mayhill Road and Townhill Road. There are several churches in Mayhill including Our Lady of Lourdes, a popular Roman Catholic church, and Hill URC Church. Lifepoint Church also congregate at the Mountain View Family Centre.

As of April 2018, Mountain View Health Centre has opened in Mayhill North; providing GP services as well as family clinics. A dedicated pharmacy and family centre have also been built on site.

Mayhill features several park and nature reserve areas, including Bryn y Don and an unnamed Site of Special Scientific Interest (locally known as 'The Plots') on the border of Townhill, opposite to the Our Lady of Lourdes church.

The largest open space recreational area is located around Sea View Primary School and includes parkland, small wooded areas, and heathland. There is also a small picnic park located along Bryn Y Don Road, and woodland between Waun Wen Road and Townhill Road.

The Friends of Mayhill Washing Pond group has been established to look after the historically important Mayhill Washing Pond, located in Mayhill South. A site that previously supplied drinking water to Swansea.

The local football team is West End F.C. who play in Pryderi Park Stadium in the area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Planning of a Garden City Estate". City and County of Swansea. Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. 
  2. ^ Townhill Ward Profile[permanent dead link]

Coordinates: 51°37′50.00″N 3°57′8.00″W / 51.6305556°N 3.9522222°W / 51.6305556; -3.9522222