Penarth Dock, South Wales - 150 years - the heritage and legacy  
Penarth Dock, South Wales - the heritage & legacy . . .

Volume Eight - Pre-Victorian to the present day - more aspects - Cardiff, Penarth and Environs - [vintage photo and postcard album] . . .

Dinas Powis

Dinas Powis - The triangular village green or 'Twyn' which used to have a water trough to the left of the scene. The 'Star' public house is the white building just beyond the timber frame gable of the newsagents shop. The old school house is right of the picture and distant is the slate roof of the old Methodist Church. I frequented all of them except the old school, although, I did spend a year at the Parish Hall because the Primary School on Cardiff Road was overloaded with children from the expansion of the housing estates either side of Murch Road where I lived. The postcard is published by F. John at the Post Office, Dinas Powis, date-stamped December 1905 and is held in the Penarth Dock Collection. [001]

A Glimpse of St. Maryswell Bay, Penarth

A Glimpse of St. Maryswell Bay, Penarth - Although it is actually Lavernock, not Penarth, the bay was usually a quiet location for a party which involved plenty of cider back in the early 1960's. I haven't drunk cider since I was about twelve years old following the effects of a beach party there. I recall that after one event I spent about three days in bed getting up only to spew pure acid. It changed my drinking habits for life and I took to enbibing Brains Red Dragon dark beer afterwards! A 'Murrell's' postcard published in Penarth is a reminder of those youthful days! [001]

Barry Castle

Barry Castle - I don't know much about the castle but that I used to pass it on the way to Porthkerry Park that being another location for beach parties on the pebbles. On one occasion the police turned up following a complaint about noise from some local resident. The long road through the park and onto the beach helped in that by the time the blue and white mini reached the beach the music had been turned down to a reasonable level. When asked the group response was 'It wasn't us, honest officer'. Then one of the girls offered them a small bribe of a cool beer which was gladly accepted on that warm, long, summer evening! The postcard was posted in May 1906 to an address on the Isle of Wight. [001]

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