Crymlyn Burrows

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Crymlyn Burrows is an area of land in Wales, UK to the east of Swansea city centre, and south of Crymlyn Bog. It is bounded by Jersey Marine Beach to the south and the River Neath to the east. The land west of Baldwin's Crescent falls within the City and County of Swansea and from Baldwin's Crescent eastwards falls within Neath Port Talbot.

The area northwest of the Fabian Way contains a small settlement at Elba Crescent and Baldwins Crescent, and areas of industry and commerce. The 1940s Swansea Bay Museum is located on Elba Crescent. The museum contains exhibits showing what life was like in the Swansea Bay area during and just after World War II.

Nature reserve

View of Crymlyn Burrows salt marsh looking towards the River Neath estuary

The undeveloped salt marsh area south of the Fabian Way and north Jersey Marine Beach is a designated biological Site of Special Scientific Interest and is one of the last remaining places of the Swansea Bay coastline that has remained unmodified by industrial development. The area contains sand dunes, a salt marsh and carr woodland. The burrows also contain a rare orchid - the Fen Orchid, Liparis loeselii. The 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) site was acquired by St. Modwen from BP in November 2009 and will be kept as a protected leisure destination.

Industry and commerce

View along the Fabian Way outside the former Linamar transmission components factory offices

Industrial sites in the north eastern part of the area area include the Linamar Elba Works site, the Gower Chemicals site, and Network Rail's Swansea Burrows yard.

Part of the Visteon industrial site was acquired by RT Properties in 2007 with Visteon consolidating their operations in the Elba Works plant. The part of the site which was sold includes factory premises and the offices and Canteen buildings fronting the Fabian Way. The plant was originally built in 1959 for the Prestcold fridge company and was later acquired by Ford who manufactured car axle and transmission components there. Ford later transferred the site to Visteon. The 30-acre (120,000 m2) site acquired by RT properties has been re-developed as a business park branded Swansea Gate Business Park. The 265,000 sq ft. car parts factory was later closed and is now used a film studio.

BP has a storage site south east of the Fabian Way adjacent to Swansea Docks. has a 33 acre (the size of 10 football pitches) distribution centre just west of the Jersey Marine roundabout on the Fabian Way.


Jersey Marine beach

The 18 hole links golf course of the Swansea Bay Golf Club lies to the east of Jersey Marine village. It is the oldest golf club in the Swansea area. The marina of the Monkstone Sailing and Cruising Club is located at Earlswood in the east of the area, under the M4 Motorway viaduct, with access to the estuary of the River Neath.

Fabian Way

The Fabian Way is an arterial road which connects Swansea city centre with the M4 Motorway at junction 42. It forms a stretch of the A483 road. It is about 4.7 miles (7.6 km) long and cuts though the centre of Crymlyn Burrows in the unitary authorities of Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. The Fabian Way is a dual carriageway for its whole length. The speed limit of the Fabian Way is 30 mph (48 km/h) between Swansea city centre and Port Tennant, after which the speed limit rises to 50 mph (80 km/h) until the Jersey Marine traffic lights. The road is a standard national speed limit dual carriageway between Jersey Marine and the junction with the M4. It is considered to be the main entrance to Swansea City Centre.


A new residential development has been approved for the area north of Elba Crescent, consisting of 33 houses with a planned total of 100 and a new business area.

Swansea University

Swansea University is currently building a 100-acre (0.40 km2) site close the Fabian Way as a second campus and innovation park. The development is on land currently previously used by BP as a petrochemicals transit site which BP has now gifted to the university. The site stretches from Swansea Docks to Crymlyn Bog. Funding for the project was made available in September 2012 from the Welsh Government and the European Investment Bank. Construction work started on the site in 2013 with a programmed completion date for 2015. Companies which intend to establish research facilities at the site include Rolls-Royce, Hewlett-Packard, Tata, Bell Labs an BAE.

Nearest places


  1. *1940's Swansea Bay (official site)
  2. Local Biodiversity Action Plan for Neath Port Talbot 2001 - 2006
  3. NPT CBC - County Flower
  4. WalesOnline - St Modwen unveil £3bn former BP site schemes for South Wales
  5. Welcome to RT Properties - Affordable Properties in Swansea and Cardiff
  6. Property tycoon snaps up Visteon complex - icWales
  7. BBC News - Job losses at car parts factory
  8. Comborn - Former Doctor Who Art Director Ed Thomas Helps Bring Hollywood To Swansea
  9. ITN - Amazon to create 1,200 Swansea jobs
  10. Welsh Golf Courses - Swansea Bay
  11. River Bridge Briton Ferry
  12. The Motorway Archive: M4 in Wales. Baglan to Lon Las (J41 to J44)
  13. South Wales Evening Post, 22 September 2009
  14. This is South Wales: New Campus Plan Unveiled by University
  15. TheConstructionIndex - Go-ahead for Swansea University’s £90m expansion
  16. This is South Wales - £90 million boost for Swansea University campus
  17. BBC News - Swansea University's £90m secures new science campus

External links

  • Photographs from Geograph
  •, old maps of Crymlyn Burrows area
  • Historical photographs of Burrows Yard
  • Swansea Docks - Crymlyn Burrows

Coordinates: 51°37′17.00″N 3°53′24.00″W / 51.6213889°N 3.8900000°W / 51.6213889; -3.8900000

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