Did you dance with George Child-Villiers?

Daily Mirror, 2.9.1939

Who was George Child-Villiers? According to Wikipedia:

On his father’s death at Middleton Park in December 1923, he succeeded as the 9th Earl of Jersey and inherited nearly 20,000 acres of land in England. Lord Jersey was a clerk with Glyn, Mills & Co. in 1932 and served as chairman of Wallace Brothers Sassoon Bank. He fought in World War II, gaining the rank of Major in the Royal Artillery of the Territorial Army. The 9th Earl gave Osterley Park in Hounslow to the nation in the late 1940s.
Lord Jersey was married three times and twice divorced. He married his first wife, Patricia Richards (1914–2017) of NSW, Australia on 12 January 1932.
A week after his divorce was finalized, Lord Jersey married American actress Virginia Cherrill on 30 July 1937 at the Chelsea Register Office. She was the ex-wife of actor Cary Grant. They divorced in 1946.
His third and last wife was Bianca Luciana Adriana Mottironi (d. 2005), whom he married on 16 October 1947. She was the eldest daughter of furniture maker Enrico Mottironi of Via Goffredo Casalis in Turin, Italy.

No-one from Cardigan then!

Guildhall 2:

1 The Market in its heyday in the 1880s
2 The Tivy-side reports on plans for a multi storey square block in the middle of town instead of the Guildhall (1960s).
3 The old Market Yard
4 Cardigan and Brioude Town Twinning Meeting with the mayor and mayoress Mr and Mrs Berwyn Williams, and the local MP Elystan Morgan.
5 The Guildhall as a Polling Station.

Thanks to Keith Ladd

31 August (1892) The clock has arrived!

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.

8 July (1858) The Guildhall is coming

Laying the Foundation Stone of the Guildhall, 1858
Laying the Foundation Stone of the Guildhall, 1858

  • 8 1858 (Thurs.) Foundation stone of the Guildhall laid by the then Mayor, Ald R. D. Jenkins, of Cardigan Priory at 2.00pm. Bells of St Mary’s rung; town cannon fired three rounds on the Netpool; 2 old soldiers Stevens and Macdonald were in charge of the cannon; police maintained good order; town crier announced the route of the procession on the eve of the event at about 6.00 pm.

24 May (1880) Official opening of Mount Zion

  • 24 1859 (Tues.) Town Council decided to lengthen the Guildhall by 11 feet. This was done by building over the archway, and brought the length of the building to 57ft 5ins.

Laying the foundation stone of Mount Zion
Laying the foundation stone of Mount Zion

  • 24 1880 (Mon.) Mt Zion officially opened. The foundation stone was laid by Sir William Davies MP for Pembs. The building cost £1, 190.