22–31 August

Guildhall Clock
Guildhall Clock
  • 31 1892 (Wed.) GUILDHALL CLOCK unveiled by the mayor David Davies, Stanley House. Set in motion by the mayoress. Afternoon was a Public holiday. Manufacturer was Messrs Smith & sons of Midland Clock Works, Derby. Clock turret designed by Richard Thomas, Roseleigh; builders of the turret J. Richards, carpenter, St Dogmaels;  John Evans, mason, Church St. Inscribed Sicilian slab fixed in the turret was supplied by Thomas Jenkins, stone cutter, Gordon Tce.

Mae’r cloc yn un defnyddiol
I bobl tref a gwlad
Ca’nt wybod beth yw’r amser
A hynny’n rhodd a rhad;
Mae’r olwg arno’n hyfryd
A llon, mae’n harddu’r lle.
Aiff Davies ddim yn angof
Tra paro Cloc y Dre.

 At 7 pm 100 gentry, tradesmen had a complimentary banquet at Black Lion. The room was beautifully decorated by flags, flowers. Mrs Trollip served a good spread. However the workers, Corporation labourers (total 40) had to make do with the Fat Ox. Nice one Mr D. Luke for providing such an excellent repast upon so short a notice.

Originally intented that the clock should only have 3 faces. This is referred to in verse: written by John Sharpe, Borough Surveyor.

All hail! thou latest chronicler of time!
Deign thy attention to my modest rhyme;
I have some little thing I want to say,
And could not hit upon a better way
Than to address them to you, for the lack
Of closer confidant. You can’t hit back.
And as for these my counsels- weigh them well!
Maybe you’ll act upon them-time will tell.
And first, I’m very pleased to see you there
With face so bright and clean, and debonair-
Face did I say? Good gracious! You had three,
And each one as like the other as could be;
But then our Mayor, so anxious to do more
Refixed your inside gear and gave you four.
You cannot be two-faced, whate’er you do
The only thing you can be is two-too–
And two and two is four. And then, you see
That your fourth face must watch the other three
And should your High St face get fast and frisky
Or Mwldan go just slightly on the whiskey
And so lose time; your Pendre face must frown
And Priory Street face stare the offenders down
But what would happen if in spite of all endeavour
Your whole four faces should go wrong together
I can’t surmise; unless Tobit should wave his
Mace and give them in charge to Sergeant Davies.

The train won't be here until tomorrow.
The train won’t be here until tomorrow.
  • 31 1886 (Tues) Official opening of the Railway. There was little celebration on the day because ‘the time between the day fixed for the opening and the opening itself was too short to admit any organised demonstration, but there was  a good sprinkling of flags in the town’.
It was the following day (Wednesday) that the train started its journey from Cardigan.
Nailrods Sale
Nailrods Sale
  • 30 1849 (Thurs.) Sale of Nailrods
Remembrance Day 1932: Canon Hamer, David Williams, the mayor, Tommy Jeremiah, one of the mace bearers and other.
Remembrance Day 1932: Canon Hamer, David Williams, the mayor, John Davies?, one of the mace bearers and other.
  • 29 1923 (Wed.) A rainy day: Ceremony of Unveiling the Cenotaph by Maj Gen S F Mott, CB at 2.30; Naval contingent was under Chief Gunner Moore RN, and the military under Capt Evan Davies MC. Maj Gen Mott was a guest of Sir Lawrence Jenkins and Lady Jenkins at Cilbronnau. Gen was accompanied to the cenotaph by Sir Lawrence Jenkins SC, Grismond Phillips, Cwmgwili, W. Picton Evans and Glodydd Jenkins son of Sir Lawrence.

Procession was headed by naval and military guard of honour, followed by local Scouts and Girl Guides, relatives of the fallen carrying floral offerings, Mayor of Cardigan, Ald Dan Williams, attired in his robes and chain of office, along with mace bearers, members of the Town Council, local magistrates, ministers of religion, and the general public.

28 1940 (Wed.) Visit of Paulo’s Royal Circus. Elephants, Daredevil riders, acrobats, teddy bears, monkeys, dogs, pigeons, wire-walkers, dancing horses, midget ponies, oriental mysteries, clowns. Adults: 1/3, 2/4, 3/6. Children 6d, 1/2, and 1/10

  • 28 1877 (Tues.) Contract (£204) for building North and West walls of the cemetery given to Messrs. W. Evans & John Thomas, Cilgerran.
  • 27 1954 (Fri.) Gregory Peck has lunch for 2 at the Angel Hotel. He was filming Moby Dick at Fishguard.
  • 26 1899 (Sat.) Death of Henry Rowland Daniel, aged 39 yrs. Among other things he was a Town Councillor and solicitor of the local branch of the NUT
  • 25 1880 (Wed.) Tabernacl Sunday School trip to Gwbert.
  • 24 1422 (Mon.) Apprentice indenture given to a man called ‘Griffyn’
  • 23 1878 (Fri.) Cardigan made a Head Post Office. Jonathan Evans was appointed Head Postmaster. This status was retained until A. T. Jones died in March 1967.
  • 22 1950 (Mon.) Visit of Richard Dimbleby to record ‘Down your way’.

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