Newspaper extracts for Cardigan


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  •  From the Evening Express (Special Edition) 21st October 1893

 CARDIGAN CUSTOMS, An Aged Farmer Sued for Breach of Promise. At Friday's sitting of the Aberystwith County- court (before Judge David Lewis) a case which occupied several hours, and was not ovetruntil nine at night, revealed sad social conditions in Cardiganshire. The case had been remitted from the High Court of Justice, and was one in which Mary Davies, Treflin, Tregaron, sought to recover from David Jones, an aged farmer, living at Llwyngari. of the same place, £100 damages for breach of promise of marriage. The plaintiff is about 25 years of age, and cannot be said to be prepossessing Mr. Griffith Jones, barrister, appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Dood. Liverpool, for the defendant. It was stated that when the girl was sixteen or seventeen years of age she went into defendant's service, his wife being then alive. She gave birth to an illegimate child, and it was sworn to the defendant. The girl left defendant's service, and subsequently the wife died, and it was alleged by the plaintiff that between May. 1892, and March, 1893, he made her offers of marriage. One of offers was said to be contained in a letter, but the letter had been lost. Another was a verbal offer. He had, it was said, met the girl at Tregaron fair, and took her home. Her mother said, "Why do you bring this wicked man here?" to which he replied, "What is the matter with you; I am going to marry her The third occasion was at Trefln, where she was in service. Defendant, it was said, went there at night and when courting her in bed, after the custom  of the country, the farmer heard defendant say he was going to marry plaintiff. The farmer, it transpired, slept in a bed which was only partitioned off by the head of it from plaintiff's bed, and he had been requested by her to listen to the conversation. The defence was a complete denial by the defendant. He admitted that he was adjudged by the magistrates to be the father of the child, but it was no use denying it in the face of their malicious evidence. He had never sent plaintiff a letter, nor had he ever been to Treflin or to plaintiffs mother's house. He paid the plaintiff wages for the time she had been in his service after the alleged promise, and called a witness to give evidence to a receipt produced coming to a settlement between them. The evidence was so conflicting that the jury could not decide upon their verdict.

  •  From the Evening Express (Third Edition) 30th April 1900

CARDIGAN IMPROVEMENTS. At a meeting of the Cardigan Town Improvement Committee on Friday resolutions were passed to well advertise the place as a summer resort. Sums of money were also voted for a landing-stage for boats on the Net Pool. a band during a portion of the summer season, for the improvement of the stiles through the field route to Gwbert on-the- Sea, and for other purposes.

  • From the Evening Express (First Edition) 25th April 1901

CARDIGAN UNION. The figures include the following Cardigan St. Mary's, 2.666 (against 2.596 in 1891); Newport, 1.221 (1.337); Cilgerran, 1,033 (1,099); St. Dogmell's (R.), 1.285 (1,383); and Nevern. 932 (1,209). Nearly every parish in the union shows a decrease.

  • From the Evening Express (Extra Special Edition) 23rd May 1902

CARDIGAN VOLUNTEERS. Alleged Insubordination at the Tenby Camp. Considerable excitement (says the London "Echo") has been caused by an outbreak of insubordination at the camp of the Cardigan Artillery Volunteers at Halloway, about a mile from Tenby. It appears that during the early hours of Tuesday morning about a dozen men belonging to the regiment, which has only been in existence about six months, and arrived at Tenby for its first training on Saturday, returned to camp in a drunken state, and when challenged by the guard refused to reply, turning upon them instead. The officers were immediately summoned, but were defied, and it is alleged that some of the men threatened to use their bayonets. As a result of a court-martial two of the ring- leaders were ordered to leave the camp at once.

  •  From the Evening Express (Extra Special Edition) 21st August 1903

CARDIGAN REGATTA. These annual aquatic sports were held on Wednesday, and were witnessed by numerous crowds on either side of the river. .... (part extract) ......

  •  From The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard (TOC) 19th December 1873

CARDIGAN. COUNCIL MEETING.—At a special Council meeting, held in the Council Chamber on Monday, Dec. 15th, a lighting rate of 6d. in the pound was signed, and ordered to be collected forthwith. The rate covers fifteen months ending with the present year.

  • From The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard 31st May 1872

CARDIGAN. Strike OF AGRICULTURAL LABOURERS.—Following the order of the day, a strike amongst the agricultural labourers is reported to have taken place in this neighbour- hood. Some concession has been made on the part of the landowners and farmers in point of increase of wages and from the absence of any organised union and agitators, it was supposed that the disagreement would be of a mere temporary character.

  •  From The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard (TOC) 8th August 1873

CARDIGAN. CARDIGAN AGRICULTURAL CLUB.—Under the Presidency of Messrs T. Davies, Bank House, and T. R. P. Wagner, Manoreifed (vice), a cattle show was held on Thursday, July 31st, in connection with the above club, in the Priory meadow, kindly lent by Mr R. D. Jenkins. On the whole the animals exhibited were of excellent quality, but few in number

  •  From The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard 24th October 1879

EXTENSION OF THE RAILWAY TO CARDIGAN. A very influential meeting of the shareholders and the public generally was held in the Guildhall on Tuesday, the 21st October, Captain S. H. Jones Parry in the chair. The meeting was convened by the Mayor for the purpose of hearing Messrs. Appleby and Lawton, the late contractors for the Milford Docks, and now of the Rosebush and Fishguard, and other railways explain their prooosals for bringing on the line to Cardigan from Crymmych in eighteen months. Mr. Appleby, in a long speech., expressed his belief in the capabilities of the new line as a paying concern, as it was expected the carriage of lime at Is. 8d. per ton would be sufficient to pay debenture shareholders, while the remainder of the traffic would be devoted to dividend to ordinary shareholders, which ho would venture to assert would pay five per cent., with the probability of rising to seven per cent. If terms could be made with the landowners, and the £15,000 already subscribed for were paid up, only £10,000 more would be required in the district. He himself would put  £15,000 capital into the line, and if his terms were agreed to and provided a sufficient amount of money was found to start with, he would not ask for a penny till half the line was made. He also guaranteed to commence at both ends, and that the termination would be at Cardigan and nowhere else. —After some discussion, it was unanimously resolved that the central committee be asked again to solicit subscriptions, and it was also further resolved that the contractors be asked to make a further survey of the line and inform the central committee if any reduction could be made on the maximum sum of £4,000 per mile, and the meeting was adjourned to that day three weeks for that purpose.

  •  From The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard 2nd January 1891

CARDIGAN. BOXING DAY.—This day also was observed as a holiday by the bankers and solicitors of the town. The day was fine and suitable for outdoor amusements and recreation.

  •  From The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard 1st September 1876

CARDIGAN SEASIDE PICNIC.—The members of the Cardigan United Choir held a grand picnic at the Gwbert, on Wednesday, the 23rd Aug. The choir, numbering about seventy. five, with invited guests, were conveyed down in boats. Having reached Gwbert, luncheon was immediately laid, followed by a sumptuous dinner. Dinner over, the company amused themselves in various ways until about four o'clock when they all assembled in front of the Gwbert House, and sang "Tyn am y Ian," in good style, followed by "Cwrddynyman," from Messrs Moody and Sankey's hymns. At the conclusion of this piece, they again sang "Awake aEolian Lyre," and "Dattoed maerhwymu Caethewed." Afterwards several votes of thanks were passed, and the company then dispersed for tea, at the completion of which they all returned to the boats, and were homeward bound. Cardigan having been reached, the choir marched in procession through High-street, again singing" Tyn am y Ian." The procession halted opposite the Market House, and having sung "God save the Queen," the day's programme was brought to a close, all having apparently fully enjoyed the day's treat.

  •  From The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard 26th August 1881

CARDIGAN. PAUPERISM.—At the last meeting of the Cardigan Board of Guardians the Chairman, Mr. R. D. Jenkins, drew attention to the prominent position their union occupied with regard to large expenditure in relief. There was not the slightest doubt, he said, that the rates were becoming intolerably high. A discussion ensued, in which it was suggested that they should adopt the same rules for granting relief as those in force in the Aberystwyth Union. A guardian said the Cardigan Union was not properly rated, whereas Aberystwyth was situated amidst mines and other works which supported the rateable value. Ultimately it was decided to send a printed circular to each guardian directing him to call a vestry in his parish to consider the question

  • From The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard 22nd September 1876

CARDIGAN. BOARD-SCHOOL TREAT.-The annual tea-party to the Board- schools in this town took place at the Schoolroom on Thursday afternoon, September 14. About three o'clock the children, headed by the band, marched through the town in procession. in front of which were the Nonconformist ministers, and other friends of unitarian education. Unfortunately a heavy down- fall of rain continued throughout the afternoon, and greatly marred the success of the treat. Having returned to the school- rooms, which were very prettily decorated for the occasion, the children, after having regaled themselves with tea and cake, were diverted with games of every description, which were spiritedly carried on during the rest of the afternoon. These schools are at present in a flourishing condition, the Inspector's reports for the present year, as well as the grant earned, reflecting the highest credit upon the teachers.

  •  From The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard 1st March 1889

CARDIGAN. PERFORMANCE OF A CANTATA.—The sacred cantata, "Ruth," was performed on Tuesday last at St. Mary's Church, Cardigan, by the Choir, assisted by the Misses Jones, of Penlan, and Miss Evans, of Belmont, to large congregations. Mrs W. P. Evans, of Belmont, presided at the organ.

  • From The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard 14th November 1879

CARDIGAN. HIRING FAIR.—This annual fair took place on Monday, November 10, and was one of the largest ever known in this district. Servants' wages ruled low, but most were engaged.

  • From The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard 20th February 1891

CARDIGAN. MONTHLY MARKETS.—By the holding of these markets at one extreme end of the town, and the railway station being at the other extreme end, they have never been attended by farmers with stock as they would be if held as other fairs are in the streets. The Pembrokeshire farmers have always complained at having to drive cattle through the streets to such a distance, and again back the whole way to the station, and have consequently abstained from bringing their cattle to the fairs. The Corporation at their last meeting passed a resolution that in future these markets shall be held in the streets aa all the other fairs. Time will tell of the succcess or non-success of the change

  •  From The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard 20th October 1876

CARDIGAN THE RAILWAY QUESTION.—On Monday last, Mr J. W Bowen, Q.C., met the members of the Towi Council, as the central committee, to confer with them relative to the proposed extension of the Whitland and Taff Vale Railway to this town The meeting was strictly private, but we understand that no opposition on the part of the landowners need be anticipated. Another meeting, it appears, will be held next Saturday, and arrangements will be made to hold a public meeting to further the extension, at an early date.

  •  From the South Wales Daily News (Third Edition) 22nd June 1893

CARDIGAN. The Royal wedding is to be celebrated at Cardigan by a public procession, made up of the mayor and corporation, members of the school board, the Royal Naval Reserve and Coastguards, Rifle Volunteer Corps, and children of the public elementary schools The mayor has kindly volunteered to give a tea to the latter on his own expense after the procession

  • From the South Wales Daily News (Third Edition) 8th July 1898

CARDIGAN. TOWN COUNCIL.-At a special committee meeting of this Council on Wednesday, the Mayor presiding, it was resolved to defer the question of furnishing the town with a fire engine, the expense being too heavy (about £500) but it was agreed to provide ladders and fire buckets to replace the old ones.

The Mayor was authorised to sign a memorial to the Board of Trade supporting the application of the St. Dogmell's fishermen for an inquiry into the present state of the fishery in the Tivy and district.

  •  From the South Wales Daily News (Third Edition) 18th August 1896

CARDIGAN. THE WATER SUPPLY,-This has been in a very satisfactory state during the exceedingly dry weather. A rumour having been set on foot that the quality was not good, steps were taken by the mayor and medical officer to test it, and samples were sent to London to be analysed. The certificate came to hand and was read at a meeting of the Council on Monday. It certified that the water was of the first class, free from contamination, and suitable for domestic purposes.

  • From the South Wales Daily News (Third Edition) 15th August 1899

CARDIGAN. Support of a. Parent.—On the complaint of Mr D. R. Bayns, relieving officer, Samuel Davies, Aberdare, was ordered to pay 9d per week towards the support of his father, who had become chargeable to the funds of the Union.

  • From the South Wales Daily News (Third Edition) 29th December 1898

CARDIGAN. MILDNESS OF THE SEASON.—In numerous places are to be seen blackberries in full bloom in the hedges, and fields white with daisies, dotting the verdant green pasture.

  •  From The Welshman (Second edition) 15th July 1910

CARDIGAN. TOWN COUNCIL.-At a meeting of Cardigan Town Council on Tuesday the Mayor called attention to the state of the Cemetery. They ought, he said, to do something, as its condition was not favourable to the Council or town. It was resolved to inspect the Cemetery. The Lighting Committee recommended that the terms of the Gas Company for the supply of gas be accepted, and a letter was read by the Town Clerk from the company regretting that they could not make any further concessions. Mr. Picton Evans asked whether it would not be cheaper to go back to the oil lamps. Ald. Daniel said it was only a quarrel between the Council and the Gas Company. It transpired when the matter was put to the vote that only three members could vote, the others being interested in the Gas Company. The Mayor ruled the committee's recommendation carried.

  •  From The Welshman (Second edition) 4th August 1905

CARDIGAN. NEW LIFEBOAT.-The life-boat stationed many years since at Cardigan by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution has just been replaced by a new boat, which has been built for the Institution by the Thames Ironworks Company. The boat is of the self-righting type, 35ft. long, and 8ft. 6in. wide, rowing 10 oars double-banked, and is fitted with two water-ballast tanks and two drop keels. She is named the Elizabeth Austin, her cost having been met from a portion of the generous legacy bequeathed to the Institution by the late Miss Sarah Austin, of Tottenham, to provide two lifeboats. It should be added that the Institution is much indebted to the local committee and Capt. T. H. Williams, J.P., the hon. secretary, for their valuable co-operation in the management of the Cardigan Lifeboat Station. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has now 284 boats under its management, 35 of which are stationed on the coast of Wales, and not a winter passes without their rendering service in saving life from ship- wreck. A large sum is expended annually on maintaining these boats in a state of thorough efficiency. Contributions in aid of the Institution will be gladly received by all the Bankers in the United Kingdom, by the several local Hon. Secretaries, and by Charles Dibdin, Esq., the Secretary of the Institution, 20, Charing Cross Road, London.

  •  From The Aberystwith Observer 10th December 1903

CARDIGAN. THE TROUBLE WITH THE BOARD OF TRADE.- The monthly meeting was held on Saturday, Colonel W. Picton Evans presiding. The surveyor was directed to bring in a report on all the bridges in the district by the next meeting. A letter was read from the Board of Trade again refusing to allow the council to take stone and gravel from the Aberporth Beach for the repairs of the roads of the parishes of Blaenporth and Aberporth.- A water-rate of Is. 8d. in the £ was passed, signed, and sealed, to be levied on the inhabitants of Bankydyffryn, Aberporth, who were benefited by the new water supply at that place, and for the cost of which the Board of Trade had refused their sanction for a loan. The assistant-overseer of the parish was appointed the collector, his remuneration for collecting to be 5 per cent