From its nineteenth-century industrial heyday when it was a key centre of the copper industry, earning the nickname 'Copperopolis', to its current role as a major service sector employer and university city, Swansea has a proud and distinctive identity. This extraordinary history is embodied in the buildings that have shaped Wales' second city.
Swansea in 50 Buildings explores the history of this `ugly lovely town' through a selection of its greatest architectural treasures, from the early twentieth-century Guildhall, with its striking art deco clock tower, to more recent additions such as the Tower, Meridian Quay, which is the tallest building in Wales. Local author and historian Geoff Brookes celebrates Swansea's architectural heritage in a new and accessible way, guiding the reader around the city's historic and modern buildings.
Geoff Brookes was born in 1951 in Sheffield and graduated from Leicester University in 1972. After completing teacher training in Birmingham and working for a number of years in Leicester, he moved to Swansea in 1981 when appointed Head of English in Dillwyn Llewelyn Comprehensive School. Geoff retired from his post in summer 2011, and after a period of time as a consultant working in the local authority he is now an author. He received a nomination as Columnist of the Year (Business Media category) in the PPA Awards 2011 for his work with the TES.