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The old Arms Park and Temperance town
 

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Shop on the corner of Neville Street and Wellington Street, 1965
 

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When Whichurch was a military hospital
 

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Three former London Transport double decker buses were loaded on board the M.V. Silversea, at the Queens Dock, Cardiff in the summer of '68, bound for Kansas City, USA.
 

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Firemen fighting the blaze that destroyed Hancocks Brewery, Penarth Road 1911
 

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They survived and continued trading though, as my dad worked for them at some point. Wasn't it the site behind central station that became bass and then brains?
 

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They survived and continued trading though, as my dad worked for them at some point. Wasn't it the site behind central station that became bass and then brains?
The entrance is on Crawshay st just off Penarth road, always wanted to live there, love the smell of hops.
 

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The entrance is on Crawshay st just off Penarth road, always wanted to live there, love the smell of hops.
Probably one of my most favourite smells too. Used to love getting off the train and just breathe in as much of it as I could. I don't get it with these new fangled hoppy beers, I want it to taste like how that smelt, but these high hops beers are like drinking a freshly cut grass field nowadays.

Anyway, I'm still trying to find out where I can find info on who built the various pubs in cardiff, as my great-grandfather and the family building business were supposed to have built a lot of them. So if anyone knows where I can source this info, I'd love to track it down and visit any that are still standing, even better if they're still open as a pub too :beer:
 

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Probably one of my most favourite smells too. Used to love getting off the train and just breathe in as much of it as I could. I don't get it with these new fangled hoppy beers, I want it to taste like how that smelt, but these high hops beers are like drinking a freshly cut grass field nowadays.

Anyway, I'm still trying to find out where I can find info on who built the various pubs in cardiff, as my great-grandfather and the family building business were supposed to have built a lot of them. So if anyone knows where I can source this info, I'd love to track it down and visit any that are still standing, even better if they're still open as a pub too :beer:

I loved that smell too
arriving in town was so distinctive
If u could smell that smell now
It would trigger memories instantly :thumbup:
 

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I know they built some on what's now caerphilly rd, birchgrove, and the one that was on the corner of Tudor st and the taff, but that's all I know :fedup:

And also had a brewery up hirwaun area somewhere :shrug2:
 

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I know they built some on what's now caerphilly rd, birchgrove, and the one that was on the corner of Tudor st and the taff, but that's all I know :fedup:

And also had a brewery up hirwaun area somewhere :shrug2:
Your family's building business, was it Turners ?
 

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Your family's building business, was it Turners ?
The builders were Beames (& son or nephew can't remember off the top of my head :shrug2:). Their yard was on violet row, sandwiched between mackintosh place and albany rd in cathays/roath


It's just that I'm the last in the line of the family over here, so would be nice to uncover as much as I can and pass it on to my aussie cousins while there's still opportunity to do so
 

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The builders were Beames (& son or nephew can't remember off the top of my head :shrug2:). Their yard was on violet row, sandwiched between mackintosh place and albany rd in cathays/roath


It's just that I'm the last in the line of the family over here, so would be nice to uncover as much as I can and pass it on to my aussie cousins while there's still opportunity to do so
I know Violet Row, the mrs got a friend living there, the builders yard was probably where Blackmore's garage/workshop is now.
 

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Site of Crockherbtown lock, Queen Street, Cardiff

From the 1790s to the 1950s, there was a canal lock just north of Queen Street. The photo – courtesy of Cardiff Libraries – was taken c.1951, shortly before Crockherbtown lock was filled in.
The building visible in the top left corner is now home to the Principality Building Society and Travelodge. The site of the lock is now occupied by the Queens West shopping centre. Beyond the lock, Queen Street runs left to right in the picture. Queen’s Arcade has replaced the buildings at the top.
Boats from the Pontypridd direction were lowered in the lock before passing beneath Queen Street in a tunnel, 105 metres long. Part of the tunnel was too narrow for a continuous towpath. Boatmen would move their boat by grabbing an iron chain fixed to the tunnel wall, while their horse was led through the streets to the towpath on the far side.
To the left of the lock in the photo, the ground was at the lower level of the canal at the tunnel mouth. The road visible beyond the wall was laid on pillars and steel beams, leaving a void beneath (now home to Pillars restaurant).
The wall to the right of the lock in the photo is a promontory. A weigh lock, where boats were weighed on a cradle, was installed to the right of the promontory in 1850. It was moved to North Road lock in 1894, as you can see in the photo on this page.
 

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Farm workers carrying rhubarb pots at a nursery farm at Rumney, c1937
 

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Trams, High street, likely the opening of the Cardiff tramway company’s line on the 12th of july-1872.
The celebratory arch’s behind were for the wedding of the 3rd marquis of Bute
 

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Ely Bailey bridge
 

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Queen st 1970’s judging by the films in the Olympia
 

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