Barry in old picture postcards

Barry in old picture postcards

:   Tom Clemett
:   Glamorgan, South
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-1256-7
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Although not barn in Barry, I was brought up in the town, received most of my education there in Cadoxton and Barry Grammar Schools and with this baak have tried to recapture in pictures same of the memories I have of the town before so many changes took place.

Cadoxton, where I grew up, has changed completely from open fields, wh ere any time after school or in the holidays you could swim, or in the season wander around picking mushrooms, nuts and blackberries or hide purse nets and a ferret in yam pockets and slip out and catch a couple of rabbits as a cheap meal for the family. Most farmers knew what you were up to, but turned a blind eye. Now it's nearly all Chemical Works or housing.

Barry Docks, full of ships and dock workers walking or cycling to work or when coming home from work poming out of the tunnels at Barry, Barry Docks or Cadoxton; it seemed as though everyone in Barry worked on the docks and finished at the same time.

Barry Dock Town, where shops were owned by the person serving you, where nothing was toa much trouble for them, sugar was packed in blue paper cones, cheese cut off to the weight you wanted plus a makeweight which you usually ate on the way home, where every corner had

a shop with a baak and a choice of three cinemas in town and two at Cadoxton which you could visit.

Barry Island beach on Miners HolidayWeeks, when the weather was fine, looked like an ant's nest into which somebody had poked a stick, with queues for trays for the sands, queues for fish'ri'chips, and queues for the shows on the fairground, but the largest queue of all was for the Scenic Railway, a Barry Island landmark in more ways than one; then finally when it was time to go home, there was another queue for the train.

Porthkerry Park and Romilly Park were an oasis of tranquillity except at Carnival times or wh en the Barry Horse and Horticultural Shows or the Scouts Fetes were held there.

The Knap, with its swimming pool and boating lake, Bindles Ballroom and the Pebble Beach: these were always considered to be for the residents of Barry, it was aften said that 'Barry Island was forTrippers but the Knap was for us'.

I hope that this baak will bring back memories of the good times we had, when there seemed to be better summers, with more time to do the things that nowadays we put off and never seem to get round to doing.


In compiling this baak of photographs of old Barry 1 have endeavoured to use only photographs from my collection that have not appeared in any other publication. Descriptions of the pictures that are used are mainly from re collections of conversations that I have had with a number of old residents of the town, who on seeing a photograph that I had acquired would usually say 'That's so-and-so' or 'I remember when .. .' Numbered among these are Jack Stevens and Iorwerth Prothero, bath ofwhom I considered to be friends, and who have sadly passed away. Thanks are also due to Brian Luxton for his books 'Old Barry in Photographs' which I aften use to jog my memory, and the staff of the reference rooms at Barry Library for their patience with me whilst looking for confirmation of descriptions or details in the old local newspapers that they have on file; lastly but not least my aunt, Mahala Sayers, for starting me off on local history with her baak about our family entitled 'Natters'.

Tom Clemett

1 ou Village Church, Cadaxtan, in early 1 92 0 with a wedding taking place, children at the church

gate, sametimes with a ribban held across it waiting for the bride and groam ra appear. Custam was for a bridal party to throw cains ra the children to allaw them ra pass.

2 Another view of the Old Village showing the church and the Three Bells Inn at about the same date as the previous picture. The area in the front of the church is feneed; during the war years a statie water tank was built on the area. Thomas Wheeiwrights yard stacked with wheels is on the right, Leys Farm in the background has had its thatched roof replaced with a slate one.

3 Bridge Street looking towards the King Billy; Hatch Cottage on the right of the picture was partially demolished ra all ow the raad to be widened, the old bridge which gave its name to the street was also demolished. In the foregraund the building on the top left is the Sion Calvinistic Church, which was demolished for an extension to Daisy Cottage ra be built.

4 Cadoxton Court, built on the site of a 15 th -century mansion, was renovated in the 19th century for the Rev. Iohn Hughes and later purchased by Mr. Llewellyn, who ran alocal newspaper, the Barry & District News, for over forty years. Ir is now the home of Drs. Bryn and Mary Lennox.

5 This thirteenth century dove cat in Cadoxton Court is one of only nine left in Glamorgan and is reputed ra have had a tunnel underneath it leading to the sea, which at one time came up as far as Weston Square.

6 Barry Dock, a favourite view of Barry photographers is this one taken from the Square showing Holton Raad in 1911. It must have been a very sunny day when it was taken, as all the shops on the right of the photo have their sun blinds pulled down.

7 Holton Raad from Evans Street, Cash & Co. have moved from Tynewydd Raad to next door, to what is now Lloyds chemist. On the left of the photo Iames Jones, undertakers, is next to Rees chemist, and Iohnsan Bros., cleaners and dyers, are on the corner of Richard Street. On the opposite corner is the YWCA.

Holton Road, Barry Docks.

8 Victoria Hotel (now demolished) showing the frontage of the building level with the rest of the properties on the street; this frontage was later demolished and moved back ra allow less steep steps ra be built, which would be less dangerous for clients entering and leaving the premises after a few drinks. Beynons sweet factory is opposite and Boyles shoe shop is on the corner of Evans Street. Two doors up is Nesbitt, photographers, whose studio was later used by Chas. Farmer up untilthe 1960's.

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