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Caption for Penarth, The Pier 1896: With a beautifully attired young lady at its centre, this photograph brilliantly captures the fin de siecle elegance of the seafront. With acute business acumen, Penarth had rapidly established itself as possibly the most fashionable resort in Wales – bracketing itself with the likes of Brighton rather than with the brash vulgarity of Barry Island. Its long glorious summer seasons would only truly fade at the onset of war.

An extract from Around Penarth Photographic Memories.

Memories of Penarth

My husband was born in Albert Road, Penarth 1943 and used to speak of loads of old tanks left to rot away in fields. Also some sort of tunnel that was later blocked off. He would have walked to the beach down this road. He used to talk of his dog Peter and how he would throw a ball into the sea no matter how high the waves (...Read full memory)

My husband was born in Albert Road, Penarth 1943 and used to speak of loads of old tanks left to rot away in fields. Also some sort of tunnel that was later blocked off. He left there for the Midlands when he was 7 years old and had learned to count to 10 in Welsh. He came to the Black Country and could hardly understand a word of what people said.

Hi Mike, did you go to St Cyres at all? Let me know.

I remember the excitement of seeing the hovercraft as a child. We used to spend many days on the beach at Penarth usually at the Pier end but when the Hovercraft visited we of course congregated at what we called the 'landing stage' end near the yacht club. The photo shows a boat in the background and I remember a service to (...Read full memory)

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