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GABRIEL POWELL’S TUMULTUOUS FINALE: A REMARKABLE GLIMPSE OF THE WORKINGS OF A BURGESS CORPORATION IN SWANSEA

The politics of the burgage borough of Swansea are illuminated
in the period 1787–1789 by written and pictorial sources of most
unusual quality. These are analysed here in order to clarify the roles
and attitudes of Gabriel Powell, the powerful steward of the lordship
of Gower, and his opponents, against the backdrop of considerable
growth in population, industry and trade by sea.

 

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