Swansea House Restoration
‘Swansea House’ nearly got demolished. Foundations and floors were gone. Front Wall cracked diagonally from top to bottom. But she had history, and just needed a little (Lot) of our Tender Loving Care to get her back on her feet. Sometimes a building is more than just bricks and mortar.
A little Bit of Swansea House History:
- Built in 1891 in the rapidly growing sea-port suburb of Newport/Wiliamstown.
- During the Second World War, 36 men sleeping in bunk beds, lived in Swansea House and worked at the Newport Railway Workshops for the war effort.
- Locals remember cuing up outside Berry’s Milk Bar on hot summer nights in the late 1960’s to buy ice-cream cones. The Milk Bar was the social hub of the neighbourhood.
- One day in the mid 1970’s Mr. Berry just quietly locked up the shop and retired. He remained living in Swansea House for the next 20 odd years.