Narpo Swansea Branch

Photograph Archives
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Please note Water painting Gallery - The 'old' Scrapbook' can be viewed here.

From Grey Phillips  
From Grey Phillips  

From Grey Phillips

Swansea Police at the turn of the Century, posing for a formal photograph.
Photographs - Courtesy of Grey Phillips - Newspaper cuttings.
(Feb 2013)
From Grey Phillips  
From Grey Phillips    
From Grey Phillips
From Grey Phillips
A large group of Swansea Officers (from a Newspaper cutting) - Courtesy of Grey Phillips. (Feb 2013)
Grey's father in law, Fred Pay is pictured 2nd row from back, second in from the right.
By Grey Phillips
Memorial Plaque These photographs relate to a memorial Plaque that was erected in the old Central Police Station in 1936 to commemorate 2 Police officers who also were used as Fire Officers, and died in a fire at a premises in High street Swansea.

The plaque remained at the Central Police station until the Police moved out in 2001, when it was re-erected in the new Swansea Police Station, where it is now still located. It is interesting to see it took 4 years after their deaths before a memorial was erected to them.


Philip TAYLOR,
Swansea NARPO(98).

Feb 2013
Memorial Plaque Memorial Plaque from the old CPS Swansea  

More 'blasts from the past'
Courtesy of Ex. Insp. Des Edwards

Feb 2013

Mackworth Hotel
A very large group of Swansea Officers at the Mackworth Hotel.
Swansea Borough Police Ball, possibly in the late 1950's.

Are you in this photograph?
Would anyone care to place a few names to the Faces?

NB. A larger more detailed copy can be viewed by saving it to your computer (right click/save as)
Des Edwards Photos
A photograph of visiting foreign officers with Mayor, Mr Syvertsen
and the senior officer was Chief Supt Jack Nolton.

Des Edwards Photos
Photograph taken at the retirement function of Ted Thompson sometime around 1960.
The 4 officers in the front row L to R are: Dai Jones, Ted Thompson, Insp Stan Saville
and Ted Llewellyn (father of Phil Llewellyn the Swansea and Wales prop)

Des Edwards Photos
Springbok demonstration - Des Edwards holding on to a protester.
(No one admitted arresting anyone that day).

Des Edwards Photos
Officers receiving their Long service and Good conduct medals.
L to r. Sgt Ken Fuge, Ch Supt Jack Nolton, PS Elwyn Davies,
PS Des Edwards, Supt Joe Trigg and Ch Insp Phil Gibbs
Des Edwards Photos
The faceless men who worked the old P.I.R. (Police Information Room.)
Des Edwards, Jeff Lear, Gwylym Jones and Alan Watkins.
Des Edwards Photos

More 'blasts from the past'

'Happy Days' - Courtesy of Bob Whitter - Jones Ex. 2086

Bob Whiier-jones
Bob Whitter-Jones

Bob Whitter-Jones
Bob Whitter-Jones Photos
Bob Whitter-Jones Photos
Looks quite happy and contented having a foot massage!
Bob Whitter-Jones
Bob Whitter Jones Photos

Bob Whitter Jones Photos



swansea borough rugby team
Old Swansea Borough Police Rugby Team - Early 1960's
Courtesy of John Thomas - Ex. 2084 - Feb 2013

Cocket Police Station Strength July 1977
PDF file

Cocket Police Station

Actual Police Strength as it was in July 1977

The 'Good Old Days'

Kindly submitted by John Hoverstadt

Dec 2012

Note: Click thumbnails to view full size images.


Cocket Police Station Strength July 1977
JPEG Picture file

Mike Cram - Recruitment Poster

A fabulous 'Blast from the Past'
The late Mike Cram pictured on a Recruitment Poster for the Glamorgan Police Force.

Kindly submitted by Terry Townend Nov 2012


Some Borough Officers may be able to assist with identification?
Taken during the time of the Mumbles Train!

Kindly submitted by Terry Townend Nov 2012


Rememberance Service at the Guild Hall, Swansea
Saturday 3rd November 2012

Kindly submitted by Phil Taylor - November - 2012


Swansea Bay race
Cockett CID (Cocket 69'ers) taking part in the then, Swansea Bay
10 mile race which has now become the 10K Swansea Bay Fun Run!! Taken around 1987,
we are all standing just down from the' Apple' near Knabs Rock.

Back row: - DC Huw GRIFFITHS, DC Andrew 'Chi Chi' THOMAS,
DC Paul STEPHENS, DS Brian 'Corky' JENKINS, DC Peter LLOYD (Scenes of Crime)

Front row: - DC Huw 'Gonzo' GRIFFITHS, DC Peter 'Togo' MANLEY,

Kindly submitted by Huw Griffiths - October 2012

Sketty Police Station
Sketty Police Station - June 1969 around the time of
amalgamation into the South Wales Constabulary
Left to Right: Inspector Bill Gordge and Sergeant Ken Evans
Kindly submitted by Andy Gill - Sept 2012

Sketty Police Station

Photograph No. 2 - Left to right - Pc Dai Rees, Ps Ken Evans,
Pc Derek Scoble and Pc Andy Gill.

Sketty Police Station

Photograph No. 3 - Standing from left to right,
Pc Andy Gill, Ps Tom (The Death) Philips, Pc Derek Scoble and Ps Stan Morgan.
Seated is Ps Ken Evans.

Bill Gordge was the Shift Inspector, Ken Evans was the Station Sergeant,
Tom Philips and Stan Morgan were the beat Sergeants.
Derek Scoble was the collator and Andy Gill was the Radio Operator.
I think Dai Rees was a collator as well, but I can't be sure about that.

Andy Gill - Sept 2012


Submitted on Facebook - August 2012 - Thanks to Terry Townend.
Looks like they had a good view of the Game!
From Stuart Murray - 1969 South Africa v Swansea?
Does anyone remember it or maybe you were even present; we would love to hear from you!

Charity Wise

Hospital Square Swansea
Hospital Square, St Helens, Swansea, depicting the 'Police Box'
Stories concerning the Police Box and any others would be most welcome and can be published anonymously
if you so prefer! Photograph extracted from Facebook and submitted by Terry Townend - Thank you Terry for this Gem!

Some feedback - I have vivid memories of the Police Box in Hospital Square and a vague memory
of a PC, who I think was caught eating an ice-cream (probably from Joe's Ice Cream Parlour)
whilst sitting on the bench that’s shown in the photo. I think he didn’t last long. I forget his name?

Thanks to Roger Wedlake (Ex. Pc 123) for this 'Quiz Question' - 28th June
Answers on a Postcard please to the usual email address!

Queen Elizabeth in Malta

An excellent photograph of a 19 year old Graham Thomas, taken on 20th Dec 1949, kindly sent in by his son Phil, who is also one of our members. (Thanks both) June 2012

"I know you're on the lookout for old Police related photo's for your newsletter. What with the Queens Diamond Jubilee going on my father dug out one from his archive. At the time, he was doing his national
service. The feller in the mitre hat is the Arch Bishop of Malta and Gibraltar, and the Queen (as she was then) Princess Elizabeth is visiting Malta. Right in between them facing the camera is lance corporal Graham Thomas of the Royal Military Police, aged 19, later of Swansea Borough CID and Special Branch, who retired in 1977. The photo is endorsed by the Superintendent of Malta CID, dated 20/12/49"


Hubert Thomas

Hubert Thomas

Hubert Thomas
Above Photographs kindly submitted by Ex. Pc Hubert Thomas - June 2012


Drug Squad
From left - Bruce Shepherd, Derek Pascoe, Mike Green, and John Beetlestone.
SWC Drug Squad West, c 1980.

Kindly submitted by Mike Green - June 2012


Idwal Williams
The late Idwal Williams, former C/Insp Swansea Borough

Idwal Williams

Idwal Williams

Idwal Williams
  Idwal Williams
National Eisteddfod,
held in Swansea - 1964
With Ex Supt Tom Morgan and Ex Ch Insp Tom Willis

Idwal Williams
War Duties Course - Includes Idwal Williams
Idwal Williams
Les Williams
Kindly contributed by the daughter of the late Idwal Williams
former Ch/Insp Swansea Borough

June 2012


Gareth Jones's Dad
Gareth Jones's Father


Gareth Jones

'G' Division Team - Ton Pentre - Glamorgan Constabulary

Police Constable 661 W. H. Jones being presented with a Medal.
(Father of Ex. Police Sergeant 2051 Gareth Jones. (South Wales Police)

Kindly submitted by Ex. Ps 2051 Gareth Jones
May 2012


Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones and father
Gareth Jones
March through Swansea
Kindly submitted by Ex. Ps 2051 Gareth Jones

May 2012
Roger Wedlake

Ex-Pc 123 Roger Wedlake
Taken at Swansea CPS when
joining the Police Force.


It may interest members and others as to how this photograph was sourced.

After doing some research for his Family History, Roger descended on the West Glamorgan Archives and found it on-line in the Swansea Borough Police Album, showing shots of police personnel including their name, rank and number 1966-67.

Roger spoke to the Archivist, Dr David Morris by phone, who promptly emailed him a copy, which cost £2.50p. There must be many other Swansea Borough Police Officers who may also like to get a copy of their photograph from that time and would like to hear about this facility.

Kind regards

Roger Wedlake
Ex PC 123

2nd May 2012

CPS Swansea 1906
Swansea Police Fire Brigade dated 1906. Inspector Edwards on
the left, alongside Dep. C.C. Gill. This photograph was taken in
the rear yard of the 'Old' Swansea Central Police Station (CPS)
All credit to the photographer - unknown. April 2012

Dick Grove

I was looking through some of my late mother's belongings and came across the attached photo. It was taken circa 1964 and you can just make out my number 'B 157'.

'As you see I haven't changed a lot and do I miss the 'Simon Cowell trousers'!!

Haven't times changed, no Radio, CS gas, mobile phone and the miriad of other gadgets that the modern Copper has to carry.

Dick Grove - April 2012

Old CPS Building site

Old CPS Building site

CPS Building site postcard

Gower Golf Club 1997
Gower Golf Club - Christmas Dinner 1997
Ex-Traffic Officers - Gary Harper - (The late and great) Roger Morgan - Nigel John
Kindly subnmitted by Nigel John - March 2012

John Black Evening Post Valentines Day winner
Swansea's most Romantic couple
John and Jen Black win bumper Valentine's competition - March 2012
Copyright - South Wales Evening Post

Bill Gwilliam 3

These photographs were held by my late mother.
They are of her uncle William Francis who became
Chief Superintendant in Swansea. He was brought up in the Hafod Area.
Kindly submitted by Bill Gwilliam - March 2012

Bill Gwilliam 2

Bill Gilliam1
Royal Welsh Show - Carmarthen 1925
These officers were members of the then, Swansea Borough Police Force

NB. (Better quality photograph available on request)


Please note All recent new photographs previously displayed on this page (up until March 2012 have been archived - Archived pages: Page 1 - Page 2 - Page 3 - Page 4 - Page 5 (Latest)

To all contributors - Your input is invaluable and very much appreciated; please keep on sending us photographs and stories, both modern and old. You may of course remain anon. if you so wish!

NB: If you send in material and don't get a reply within a week, we would appreciate a reminder.

Thank you.

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