Originally published in London 1903 by MacMillan & Co., Ltd., this 1914 reprint of the Highways and Byways in South Wales, is republished here in fully-searchable digital format. Macmillan began publishing the Highways & Byways series in 1899 and by 1909 had completed almost twenty publications in the series, which extended across the length and breadth of England, Scotland and Wales, with one publication on Normandy and and another on Ireland. This highly popular series continued until the beginning of the Second World War. In May 2009 Pan Macmillan reissued a one-volume collection of the best of the Highways and Byways series offering a glimpse of the very best of Britain.
The Highways and Byways in South Wales contains more than 400 printed pages, including a map of the route taken by the author, Arthur Grenville Bradley, who undertook an almost circular tour of south Wales beginning at Radnor, and includes almost 100 pen and ink illustrations by Frederick L. Griggs, providing as with all of the Highways and Byways series a wonderful mix of topography, local history and folklore, which perhaps more than ever allows the reader to rediscover parts of Britain that have long disappeared under a morass of concrete, motorways and bypasses.
Arthur Bradley undertook only thirteen 'tours' on which he reported in the Highways and Byways in South Wales, reviewed in the chapters of this publication, although in reality the divisions are only created by the major stops in Bradley's tour, such as Radford; Builth;Lampeter; Cardigan; Fishguard; St. Davids; Pembroke; Kidwelly; Llandeilofawr and Brecknock.
Much of the charm a vigour of the Highways and Byways series, which has stood the test of time is down to the travellers and in the case of South Wales this is no exception. Arthur Granville Bradley (1850-1943) was a renowned English 'traveller' in the Victorian sense of the word as well as well-published author, with popular works such as The Fight with France for North Africa, Sketches of Old Virginia, a History of Marlborough College as well as a biography of Captain John Smith to his credit. The Highways and Byways in South Wales is replete with more than 100 pen and ink sketches by by Frederick Landseer Griggs (1876-1938). A native of Hertfordshire, this was one of thirteen books illustrated by Griggs in the Highways and Byways series. An architectural draughtsman, illustrator, early conservationist, associate of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswolds, Griggs was the most distinguished etcher of his age and the first etcher to be elected to full membership of the Royal Academy. His illustrations from this period 'capture a vanishing England of a brooding spiritual intensity, harking back to an idyll of vanished dreams' and as such fit very well with the general themes of the Highways and Byways series, that of a vanished or forgotten heritage. The presence of so many of Griggs' sketches in one place is sufficient reason to purchase any of the series in which he was the illustrator.
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A very comprehensive directory of Cardiff, along with Penarth, Llandaff, Llandaff Yard, Cogan Pill. It also covers the parishes of Bedwas, Bonvilstone, Caerphilly, Dinas Powis, Ely, Leckwith, Lisvane, Llandough, Llandarne, Marshfield, Michaelstone-le-Pit, Pentyrch, Peterstone-super-Ely, Radyr, Rudry, Rumney, St Andrews, St Brides, St Fagans, St Mellons, St Nicholas and Whitchurch.
The first part is an alphabetical directory of names and addresses of folk in the Cardiff and suburban area. There follows a classified trades directory and the final part is the real gem, a street by street directory of Cardiff itself.
The street directory includes many ordinary people, with very ordinary trades, for example in Adam Street:
52 Catherine Davies; 53 Thomas Bord, carpenter; 54 Thomas Brennan, plasterer and Mrs Hoskins, nurse and midwife; 55 Mrs A. Eames; 56 James Warner, labourer; 57 William Mullin, master mariner; 58 Mrs Henderson, servant's registry; 59 Thomas James, plasterer; 60 Henry Burns, plasterer; 60a Robert Brown, Eagle Hotel.
A very comprehensive directory of Cardiff, very similar to the 1893/4 directory but with approximately 90 more pages.
Using the example of Adam Street as in the description of the 1893/4 directory above, we find;
52 same, 53 same, 54 James Warner (who used to be at 56!), 55 Hellen Holland, 56 no occupant, 57 George Hynam, haulier, 58 same, 59 same, 60 same, 60a Eagle Hotel, Emlyn Jones
Ten houses in all, with five changes in occupants within 3 or 4 years!
A superb resource with street by street directories of Cardiff, Penarth (including Cogan) and Llandaff (including Ely, Whitchurch & Rhiwbina, Llanishen, Dinas Powis, Radyr & Morganstown, Llandough, Rumney and St Mellons).
There is also an alphabetical list of people in Cardiff and its suburbs plus an alphabetical trades directory.
Five huge volumes comprising the earliest directory for Great Britain, and one which is probably the most important directory for genealogists and historians that we have released on CD. For towns and villages the descriptions of the places are excellent, with details of their facilities, etc, and includes those residents with trades (even those such as farmers, hay-binders, labourers, bakers, shop keepers, etc.) and their addresses.
Although titled "Great Britain", this directory covers places in England and Wales. Volume 1 of the five is devoted to London, volumes 2 to 4 cover the places in the England and Wales in alphabetical order, and vol. 5 contains a number of the subsequent amendments and additions published in the next few years.
"The Universal British Directory of Trade, Commerce, and Manufacture, comprehending Lists of the Inhabitants of London, Westminster, and Borough of Southwark; and of all the Cities, Towns, and principal Villages, in England and Wales; with the Mails, and other Coaches, stage-wagons, Hoys, Packets, and Trading Vessels. To which is added, a genuine Account of the Drawbacks and Duties chargeable at the Custom-House on all Goods and Mechandize, imported, exported, or carried coastwise, with a particular of the Public Offices of every denomination; His Majesty's Court, and Ministers of State; The Peers of the Realm, and Parliament of Great Britain; The Court of Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, Aldermen, and Common-Council, of London; together with an Historical Detail of the Antiquities, Curiosities, Trade, Polity, and Manufacturers, of each City, Town, and Village. The whole comprising a Fund of useful and important Information, equally interesting to the Nobleman, the Gentleman, and Man of Business."
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