Cardiff, Sophia Gardens Pavilion c.1960

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Caption for Cardiff, Sophia Gardens Pavilion C1960: The Pavilion was built in 1951; the inaugural concert starred Danny Kaye. Unfortunately, it collapsed in 1976 with the weight of snow . The Gardens have two more claims to fame: they became the home of Glamorgan County Cricket Club, and much earlier, in September 1891, they had staged Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.

An extract from Cardiff Photographic Memories.

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The David Morgan Dept store left of picture was one of the few privately owned Dept Stores in the U.K. This store sadly closed down in 2006 and is now being refurbished and made into apartments and smaller shops.

I like this photograph because it reminds me of when I used to travel in to Cardiff by train from Barry where I lived. I worked in the National Provincial Bank in St.Mary Street. I had some lovely friends and times

My Grandparents William Garside and Evelyn Bowden were married on 29th February 1896 in Cardiff and Grandad lived in Roath prior to his marriage. I imagine they may have also stood in this spot when courting, looking quite similar.

Our great grandfather was a stone mason named William Jones. His daughter, our grandmother, told us many years ago that her father was killed in a fall while working on the construction of the City Hall. It had to be after January 1900 as he was present at Grans' wedding in Jan 1900. I have been unable to confirm (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Cardiff, Sophia Gardens Pavilion C1960: The Pavilion was built in 1951; the inaugural concert starred Danny Kaye. Unfortunately, it collapsed in 1976 with the weight of snow . The Gardens have two more claims to fame: they became the home of Glamorgan County Cricket Club, and much earlier, in September 1891, they had staged Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.

An extract from Cardiff Photographic Memories.

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