Images of Cardiff (BOK)
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This title is paperback reprint - back due to popular demand. It covers over 400 captivating photographs chronicling Cardiff throughout the 20th Century. It documents people and events as well as the expected photographs of buildings, streets and landscapes. Cardiff was little more than a village at the start of the 19th century, with a population of less than 2,000 and an address 'near Llantrisant'. But by the end of the century it was one of the busiest ports in the world, a status made possible by the growth of the coal industry in the South Wales valleys. In the 1840s hundreds of refugees from the Irish famine came to Cardiff and were housed in virtual slums, with up to 57 people living in a four-bedroomed windowless house. Ship owners brought men from the West Indies, Africa, The Orient and the Middle East to make the port of Cardiff a thriving cosmopolitan town, which was to develop into a proud capital city. It was 1950s Cardiff that was given the title of a city and the right to elect a Lord Mayor. This coincided with the building of the civic centre, considered second to none and the founding of the university. In 1955 the city was officially named as Capital of Wales, a role which it has long assumed. Sportsmen and women have put Cardiff on the map with the Cardiff Arms Park among the greatest sporting venues in the world. It was there that the Empire Games athletic events were held in 1958. Coal exports have ended and Cardiff has now become a centre of culture and commerce with one of the finest shopping centres in Britain. "The South Wales Echo" has reported the events in Cardiff for more than 100 years and the photographs in this book, from the newspaper's library, give an insight into the city's life up to the 1970s. It is a work which will delight locals and visitors alike, young and old.