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This article is an investigation of what, in the eleventh or twelfth century, drew its founders to the location where Swansea grew up, why their successors remained there, and how and why the settlement developed the form it did. Starting with the Norse origins of Swansea followed by its Norman developments, the article draws on what limited evidence is available, including archaeological evidence from recent excavations. The article considers the importance of Swansea’s topography as a trading port and discusses some of its important medieval buildings, including the castle and major churches.


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