Newspaper extracts for St Fagan's parish
There are many references to this area in the 15 million Welsh and English language articles from Welsh newspapers transcribed by the NLW and viewable on Welsh Newspapers Online
Below are English language articles that have been re-transcribed and extracted randomly to illustrate what is available, there are many that are not extracted here that include names of local people
- From The Cardiff Times 30th November 1867
ST. FAGANS. PENNY READINGS.—The Penny Readings at St. Fagans were resumed for the winter season on Wednesday evening week; the Rev. W. David occupied the chair. After an appropriate address from the chairman, the programme was commenced .....(part extract)......
- From The Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian Glamorgan Monmouth… 23rd November 1872
ST. FAGANS. TO THE EDITOR OF THE "GUARDIAN."
"SIR,- I beg you will allow me to correct some mis- statements in a paragraph headed "Serious case of stabbing at St. Fagans," which appeared in your issue of Saturday last, as they are calculated, if they were not purposely designed by your correspondent, to injure, and being mis-statements, to unjustly injure the reputation of our village inn. Indiscriminate abuse, even of public-houses, is mischievous, as it discourages the well-conducted to class them with the turbulent and troublesome, while it emboldens the latter to credit them with the merits of the former. The wound inflicted by one brother on another in the Plymouth Arms, in this village, on Friday last, was, I am glad to say, a mere accident, and not the result— as your correspondent makes it appear, of a drunken broil. The facts are these .....(part extract)......
I am, Sir, yours, &c., W. DAVID. St. Fagans Rectory. "
- From The Cardiff Times 3rd January 1862
ST. FAGANS. THE BELL RINGERS.-On New Year's Eve, the ringers partook of supper at the Plymouth Arms (Mr. Llewellin's), after which they rung a merry peal prior to the departure of the old and the birth of the new year. The bells are new, and are well- toned, and the trial has proved that they are all that can be desired. The bells were well struck and brought down, ringing; the changes in an hour and seven minutes.
- From the Cardiff Times 15th May 1863
ST. FAGANS. EISTEDDFOD.-It will be observed by an advertisement in another column, that the Society of Ivorites have resolved upon holding an eisteddfod on the 9th June, instead of the usual anniversary procession and dinner. This is a very good change,- and from the amount of interest taken in the meeting, there is every reason to believe that a large gathering will take place. The chair is to be taken by the Rev. M. James, the adjudicators being Dr. E. Jones, for essays and poetry, and Mr. R. Lewis, for music. The large Baptist Chapel has been kindly lent for the occasion, which is capable of holding between 700 and 800. Competitors should bear in mind that the last day for receiving essays and poetry is the 25th of the present month.
- From The Cardiff Times 25th February 1860
ST. FAGANS. DESECRATING THE DEAD.—A correspondent calls our attention to the fact that in this parish parties are manuring land taken from the churchyard, and, human bones are lying about the fields in a manner that is very shocking to the living. The authorities of the parish ought to look into this, and ascertain what is the real state of the case.
- From The Cardiff Times 22nd March 1861
ST. FAGANS. A VOLUNTEER'S FUNERAL.-The funeral of the lamented Mr. J. Culverwell, a private in the 13th Llandaff Rifle Corps, took place on Thursday week, at St. Fagans. From the very great respect in which the deceased was held, not only by the inhabitants of the place, but also by the company of which he was a member, the corps determined to give him a public funeral, and military honours. For that purpose they assembled at the Castle yard at three p.m., and formed four deep, and marched to the late residence of the deceased, where they were drawn up in open order. The firing party, consisting of the intimate friends of Mr. Culverwell, presented arms, after which eight men were told off as bearers and pall-bearers. .....(part extract)......
- From The Cardiff Times 25th May 1866
ST. FAGANS. CRICKET.—Our usually quiet village has lately been rather busy. We have now started a cricket club, and on Tuesday a match was played for the first time, against Cowbridge Grammar School. It was a well contested match, and ended in the victory for Mr. Robertson's Eleven of the St. Fagans club by four runs. Cowbridge played remarkably well, and we all thought at one time they must have won, but fortune deemed it otherwise.
- From the South Wales Daily News (Third Edition) 18th November 1892
ST. FAGANS. CONCERT. —There was crowded attendance on Wednesday night in the school, when a first-rate concert, in aid of the Cardiff Infirmary, was given. A capital programme was carried out, including songs by .....(part extract)......
- From the South Wales Daily News 8th May 1876
ST. FAGANS. FATAL ACCIDENT. —A said accident happened here on Saturday morning last to Edward Morgan, a shepherd, the employ of Mr Cartwright, about nine o'clock. Morgan was on the Great Western Railway, a short distance from the station, endeavouring to get a ewe and her lamb off the line as a goods train was approaching. He succeeded in getting the ewe out of danger, when the lamb suddenly ran on to the line on which the goods train was, and the unfortunate man, anxious to save its life, leaned forward to catch hold of it. Before he had done it the train was upon him, the front of the engine striking him on the back of the head, and killing him almost immediately. The deceased, who was 70 years old, was accompanied by his sheep dog. The latter was also killed, being struck and run over by the engine. Morgan, it is stated, had been forty-five years in the same employ, and he was much respected in the parish. An inquest will be held.
- From The Cardiff Times 4th July 1862
HISTORICAL NOTES. ST. FAGANS. St. Fagans is noted in the history of Glamorgan- shire on account of a battle fought there between the Royalists and Oliver Cromwell's army. It is said that the slaughter was so great that in a few hours there were sixty-five widows in the parish of St. Fagans alone, and upwards of 700 Glamorganshire men fell on the battle field. Men were so scarce that the crops were reaped and collected by females. The late Mr. Edward Williams, "Iolo Morganwg," an eminent bard and antiquarian, whose name is almost forgotten in his native county, conversed with some old people who remembered the battle, and they assured him that the river Ely was reddened from St. Fagans to the sea with human blood It is enough to make one shudder to think of war, particularly civil war, which is one of the greatest curses that can befall a nation. I remember reading some time ago a most beautiful and pathetic elegy, written by one of the Welsh bards for a young woman, whose lover was slain on St. Fagan's field. It is true to nature. She says- .....(part extract)......