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Oystermouth Ward
City and County of Swansea Council
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Principal locality Mumbles
Principal area Swansea
Ceremonial county West Glamorgan
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
UK Parliament constituency Gower
Welsh Assembly Gower
Coordinates SS6188
Population (2011 census) 4,160
Land area (2001) 2.01 km2 (0.78 sq mi)

Oystermouth (a corruption of the Welsh name Ystum Llwynarth or Ystumllwynarth) is an electoral ward and a village in the Mumbles community and also the City and County of Swansea, Wales.

The electoral ward consists of some or all of the following areas: Oystermouth, the Mumbles, Thistleboon, Limeslade, in the parliamentary constituency of Gower. The ward is bounded by Newton to the west, West Cross to the north and Swansea Bay to the south and east. As of 2010 it had a population of around 4,100.[1]


The ward consists of suburban housing stretching from the northwest to the southeast. It is surrounded by the sea to the east and south. Two hills at Rams Tor and Mumbles Hill have little development. Mumbles Hill is now a protected nature reserve managed by the local council. The boundaries of Mumbles community and the Oystermouth ward are clearly defined. However, in the public mind, the separation between villages of Oystermouth and Mumbles is not clear. Local buses to the area are signed as Oystermouth, although most people from the area would say they are living in Mumbles.

Local beaches include the southern tip of Swansea Bay, Bracelet Bay and Limeslade Bay. From the Mumbles Head area, there are views towards Swansea, Port Talbot, and the hills of the South Wales Coalfield.

The 12th Century Oystermouth Castle is well preserved, in grounds with views over Swansea Bay.[2]

Oystermouth is the site of Oystermouth Cemetery.

Oystermouth was served by the Swansea and Mumbles Railway, one of the very earliest passenger rail services, along a shoreline railway used in the 19th century to transport limestone and coal. The long-disused (since the 1960s) route remains as a cycle/footpath.

Oystermouth parish is part of the Church in Wales. It has two churches: All Saints Church in Oystermouth and Norton Mission Church.[3] Rowan Williams took the title Baron Williams of Oystermouth upon his retirement as Archbishop of Canterbury in December 2012.[4]

2012 local council elections[edit]

For the 2012 local council elections, electorate turnout was 37.23%. The election results were:

Candidate Party Votes Status
Anthony Colburn Conservative 500 Conservative hold
Pam Erasmus Labour 444
Dorian Davies Independent 311

Tony Colburn was re-elected in May 2012 with a vote of 500, on a 37.2% turnout.

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Coordinates: 51°34′25″N 4°00′26″W / 51.57368°N 4.00718°W / 51.57368; -4.00718