Castle, Swansea

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Swansea Wales communities - Castle locator.png
Location of the Castle community within Swansea
Population15,883 (2011)
OS grid referenceSS6593
  • Castle
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSWANSEA
Postcode districtSA1
Dialling code01792
PoliceSouth Wales
FireMid and West Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
Castle Plaza

Castle (Welsh: Castell) is an electoral ward and community in the City and County of Swansea, Wales, UK. Castle covers most of the heart of the City of Swansea, with Swansea Castle at its centre.


The electoral ward matches the community boundaries and consists of some or all of the following areas: Swansea city centre, Brynmelin, Dyfatty, Greenhill, Maritime Quarter, parts of Mount Pleasant, Sandfields and Waun Wen in the parliamentary constituency of Swansea West. The ward borders the wards of St. Thomas to the east; Landore and Cwmbwrla to the north; Townhill and Uplands; and Swansea Bay to the south.

For electoral purposes, Castle is divided into a number of polling districts: City Centre, Sandfields, George Street, Mount Pleasant, XE1 High Street, XE2 High Street, North Hill, Baptist Well, XH1 Brynmelin and XH2 Brynmelin. Castle returns 4 councillors to the local council.

The Castle ward is a Communities First area.

The community does not have its own community council.


The overall population in the Castle ward and community according to the 2011 UK Census was 15,883.[1]

They had an ethnic breakdown of:[1]

Ethnic breakdown:

Ethnic group Count %
White British 11,742 73.9
White Irish 105 0.7
White Other 834 5.3
Black/African/Caribbean 400 2.5
Asian 1,862 11.7
Mixed ethnicity 213 1.3
Other (e.g. Arab) 727 4.6

The number of people identifying themselves as Welsh was 7,321 (46.1%), Considerably lower than the figure for the county as a whole.

Ward representation[edit]

Castle ward

Since 1995 the Castle Ward has been a four-member ward for the purposes of City and County of Swansea Council elections. The ward is a major Labour Party stronghold.

Castle 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sybil Edith Crouch* 1,820
Labour Erika Theresa Kirchner* 1,772
Labour Fiona Margaret Gordon* 1,763
Labour David Phillips* 1,716
Conservative Paul Raymond Morris 568
Conservative Sonya Winifred Rachel Morris 534
Conservative Mohammad Amin Doha 425
Conservative Akshit Sanjiv Khanna 411
Plaid Cymru Shan Couch 349
Plaid Cymru Damian Paul Martin 254
UKIP Stan Robinson 247
Liberal Democrats Charlene Anika 237
Liberal Democrats Owen John Roberts 235
Green David John Smith 220
Plaid Cymru Harri Llwyd Roberts 210
Liberal Democrats Thomas Davies 203
Plaid Cymru David Richards 191
Liberal Democrats Benjamin James Williams 191
TUSC Alec Thraves 112
TUSC Claire Louise Job 97
TUSC Colin Thomas John 89
Turnout 29.8 +0.8
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Historic Results[edit]


Following the May 2012 election the ward was represented by four Labour Party councillors:

Castle 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Erika Theresa Kirchner* 1,629
Labour Sybil Crouch 1,623
Labour David Phillips* 1,610
Labour Fiona Margaret Gordon 1,582
Liberal Democrats Gareth Peter Jones 533
Liberal Democrats Alan Jeffery 531
Liberal Democrats Tanya Auxiliadora May 511
Liberal Democrats Vicky Lewis 440
Plaid Cymru Patrick John Powell 274
Plaid Cymru Gez Couch 261
Plaid Cymru Harri Llwyd Roberts 254
Green Steve Clegg 248
Plaid Cymru Damian Paul Martin 248
Conservative Paul Raymond Morris 241
Conservative Stephen Joseph Gallagher 230
Conservative Sonya Winifred Rachel Morris 228
Conservative Natasha Rhian Tomaszewski 207
Independent Phil Crayford 207
Green Ross Walters 193
TUSC Martin John White 148
Turnout 29.0 +0.7
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Prior to the 2012 election the City and County of Swansea councillors for Castle Ward were:

Councillor Barbara Hynes, who had represented Castle for 21 years, died in September 2011[2] resulting in a byelection.


In the 2008 local elections, there were 21 candidates, each hoping to secure one of four seats. All four sitting Labour councillors were looking to retain their seats. However, the Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats were all fielding four candidates each. The other candidate who was hoping to take a seat represented the Socialist Party.


In 1999, the number of seats increased from three to four. David Phillips had previously represented the Uplands ward.

Castle 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Lloyd* 1,622
Labour Barbara Joyce Hynes* 1,579
Labour David Phillips 1,477
Labour Dereck John Roberts* 1,440
Plaid Cymru Yvonne Marie Davies 1,111
Liberal Democrats Yvonne Marjorie Holley 937
Green Benjamin David Grigg 632
Conservative Paul Raymond Morris 503
Conservative Sonya Winifred R. Morris 477
United Socialists David Richard Warren 273
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour win (new seat)


The first election to the new unitary City and County of Swansea Council took place in 1995. All three seats were won by Labour.

Castle 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Lloyd 1,756
Labour Barbara Joyce Hynes 1,723
Labour Dereck John Roberts 1,623
Liberal Democrats Robert Speht 592
Green Benjamin David Grigg 515
Liberal Democrats Cynthia Wharrad 463
Wales Militant Labour Mark Evans 378
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)


Castle was one of the ten wards created to Swansea County Borough Council, electing two representatives in the November 1889 elections. The election was fought on local issues and the winning candidates had no party affiliation.[3]

* = sitting councillor prior to the election


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Castle Parish (1170221819)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "County Borough of Swansea - Election of Councillors". The Cambrian. 8 November 1889 – via Welsh Newspapers Online.

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Coordinates: 51°37′10″N 3°57′05″W / 51.6195°N 3.9514°W / 51.6195; -3.9514