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Vol. 45, 1994

Roger Beck, 1841-1923

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Pare Beck, Sketty, 1994.
B.M.
Roger Beck: 1841-1923
by Gren Neilson
What do a Students' Hostel in the Uplands, a Nurses Home in Sketty, a
foundation stone on part of a building in Pleasant Street, a road on the
former steelworks site in Gowerton and a plaque in the foyer of the
Swansea YM.C.A. building have in common? The answer is inevitably
contained in the title to this article they all bear the name Beck.
Roger Beck, who died aged eighty-two in July 1923, was praised in a
lengthy obituary in The South Wales Daily Post as "Swansea's chief
benefactor" and "one of its noblest characters". The obituary has
provided a mine of information about one who, it must be noted, was
chairman of The Daily Post Company.
Roger Beck's association with Swansea began in 1872 when he came
from London to seek his fortune in steelmaking. He had worked in the
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