31 December (1983) Bon Marche closed

  • 31 1983 (Sat.) Bon Marche closed. When the shop opened in 1907: “The support of the upper structure of the premises is by an iron girder weighing over five tons, which does away with all columns, and gives additional space internally. It is the first of its kind in Cardigan.”
  • 31 1887 (Sat.) Reported that a crayon study by Frank Miles was to appear in the January edition of Cassell’s Magazine.


16 December (1966) Save Pride Moreta of Thorn!

  • 16 1966 (Fri.) Pride Moreta of Thorn (Snowflake, bull) saved from the butchers!
  • 16 1948 (Thurs.) Pav: Variety Concert: Al Roberts and Dorothy renowned BBC and TV ventriloquist presenting Granfer, Grandma and George and Dorothy. Conjuring, mimicry, cartoons and rag pictures. See him play tunes on a toy ballon and a bicycle pump. Once seen – never to be forgotten. Accompanist Mrs Wynne-Evans, LRAM, ARCM. Chairman Dr Gwyn Jones; Compere T H Evans, St Dogmaels. Buses will run to all districts after the Concert.

12 July (1888) A medal for William Niles

  • 12 1900 (Thurs.) Burial of John Turner Mathias, Feidrfair, 43, Boot & Shoe Dealer
  • 12 1888 (Thurs.) Silver medal awarded to William Niles, coxswain of lifeboat for 29 years who saved 85 lives.
  • 12 1853 (Tues.) Death of Isaac Thomas (1820–53), publisher of Almanac y Cymro. It was printed by D.Leary & Co., Dublin to avoid printing tax. He was buried at the Baptist Chapel, Penybryn.

17 May (1976) Death of Bedwyr Davies, Siop y Castell

  • 17 1976 (Llun) Death of Bedwyr Davies, Siop y Castell, 36 years old.
  • 17 1953 (Sun.) Cardigan Semi-national Eisteddfod Celebrity Concert: Treorchy Male Voice Choir, Sop Victoria Elliot (soprano); Afred Orda (international baritone)
  • 17 1917 (Thurs.) Burial of David Morgan Palmer, Cardigan, St Mary’s Terr, 17 May 1917, 84, former school master

16 May (1970) Roberts, newsagents closing

  • 16 1970 (Sat.) J C Roberts shop closing (High St. newsagents)
  • 16 1968 (Thurs.) Gŵyl Fawr Aberteifi: Concert: Ryan Davies and Bryn Williams; Margaret Williams; Y Pelydrau; Bois y Ferwig; Cardigan Junior School Choir.
  • 16 1900 (Wed.) New Bethania Organ opened by Dr. Roland Rogers, Bangor organist

8 April (1949) Cardigan butchers selling horse meat?!

  • 8 1949 (Fri.) Letter in the Tivy-side by ‘Interested of Newport, Pembs.’

‘Horse flesh in shops’

‘Many would like the Revd Ben Owen to explain more fully his statement in last week’s issue that prime Cardigan beef and mutton are sent to London and frozen Argentine meat and horse flesh are sent to Cardigan.

Are we to understand that Cardigan butchers have supplied horse flesh to regular customers as rationed meat?’

4 April (1827) Hanged for stealing old clothes

  • 4 1973 (Wed.) A Romanian Choir, conducted by Marin Constantin,  sang at Cardigan Secondary School.
  • 4 1921 (Mon.) G. Picton Williams opened a tailoring establishment at Commerce House, formerly a part of the Commercial Hotel.
  • 4 1827 (Wed.) William Andrews, an English tramp was charged with stealing old clothes. He was sentenced to death and hanged at Cardigan Gaol a few days later.

18 March (1949) Complete bedroom suites available for £46.13.3 at Shire Hall

  • 18 1949 (Fri.) Mr David Jones Watts drapers (Cardigan) Ltd.) wishes to announce the arrival of a wide range of SPRING GOODS. These include a beautiful section of the famous Windsmoor Coats and costumes. and of other leading London stylists, both in Utility and Non-utility. Also a selective range of Wedding gowns and accessories. Old and new customers are strongly advised to visit our NEW SHOWROOMS at an early date to ensure a good choice. Cofiwch alw. Mae croeso cynnes i chwi i gyd.
  •  18 1949 (Fri.) Shire Hall. Anything you need in furniture. Oak bedroom suite complete £46.13.3.  3-piece suite in all coverings and design £37.8.0d

11 March (1949) Re-opening of the Victoria Restaurant and Milk Bar, in Priory Street

  • 11 1949 (Fri.) Victoria Restaurant and Milk Bar – re-opened after renovation. Open until 10.00 p.m. daily. Lunches, teas, light refreshments, suppers, hot meals at all times. Rooms available for meetings and socials. Croeso i Bawb. Bert Hallam proprietor. Tel 231.
  • 11 1918 (Mon.) R. I. John was appointed as the new stationmaster.