Mill Lane, Blackpill, Swansea, Wales

Mill Lane, Blackpill, Swansea, Wales

circa 1880

This picturesque scene of pastoral Victorian Swansea features Mill Lane which leads to the shore of Swansea Bay where a steam locomotive of the world's first railway service would have passed through within forty minutes of the photograph being captured. A slice of rural life not altogether lost on Swansea today, because quaint cottages set in similar cosy lanes are an enduring feature of life across Swansea's Gower peninsular, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty untouched by the grip of today's fast lane lifestyle. Blackpill is close to coastal Mumbles, one of Swansea's most prominent, and indeed famous, residential districts. Catherine Zeta Jones' family live within a mile of this location.