Report - Swansea Dockworkers Hall / District Labour Hall and Institute - Swansea - 2015

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Bajo Tierra
Regular User
Mar 9, 2013
Anyone who has been close to this building will appreciate how hard it is to get anywhere near it, the club has been closed for over 20 years now and pretty much untouched inside.

Probs to Dweeb for getting in here 12 months ago.​


Swansea Dock Workers Hall and Institute throughout its life the building would serve a dual purpose. Entertainment for the people of Swansea on one level and beneath a club for the town's working men.

Below the auditorium the Dock Workers Hall and Institute included a large ball room, ladies reading room and social bar. The land behind High Street drops down a steep hill side allowing the Dock Workers Hall plenty of space below the cinema. Both cinema and workingman's club were entered through an high fronted building on High street which still boasts an impressive Edwardian Facade. Also sharing the buildings ground floor along High street was a small shop which was home to a branch of W.H Smith's the stationers for a long time.

The Swansea docks were a major employer in the town during the early part of the twentieth century. It like many working men's clubs in south wales had strong links with the labor and socialist movement. eventually the Dock Workers Hall became home to the Labour Party in Swansea the party's local headquarters were located in the upper floors of the High Street building and the Dockworkers hall became the Swansea and District Labour Hall and Institute.

During the 20's and 30's the ballroom at the labour hall became a popular venue for dance band music, meanwhile the cinema was still doing good business up above. The cinema and labour hall both remained open for the duration of the second world war, during which Swansea was the target of heavy bombing by the Luftwaffe. High street was at the heart of Swansea town centre and was the main shopping street, following the heaviest period of bombing known as the three day blitz the Elysium was one of only two buildings left standing on High Street.

Opened in 1914 the Cinema closed in 1960, eventually the whole building closed 1994
















Thanks for looking​
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28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Jan 24, 2007
Pob Is .......
Sure I have been here, Is this with the bingo hall above it?
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28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Jun 30, 2016
If this is the building I think it is, my sister had dance classes there right up until the early 90's. I remember the place well, as back then most other corridors we're sealed up good and proper. I always wondered what else was about. Now that I have found my new hobby in UrbEx'ing, I would love to check this place out! Went up there the other day and the front gate looks locked up proper, though you could possibly get over that as there is a gap at the top. I went around the back but was unsure which building was which. The one I thought it could be, has a lot of weeds and possibly brambles.
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