Victorian Bridgend: Newspaper Articles

Adare Street

As I've mentioned in a previous article I came across a website Welsh Newspapers Online!

They have recently added various titles to their collection including: Cambrian, South Wales Post and Weekly Mail. Previously the archive only held paper from 1844 - 1910 but now they hold papers from 1804 - 1919!

Again I have chosen a few interesting articles to share with you :

20 January 1905: Neolithic Bones: Gift to the Royal Institution. (not Victorian!) 
Mr. John Nicholl, of Merthyr Mawr House, Bridgend, has sent to the Royal Institution, Swansea, several neolithic bones forming the skeleton part of two adults and two children, discovered by Mr. Riley, Newcastle House, Bridgend, at Merthyr Mawr. Some of the bones were found in a stone cist 8 feet deep in the sand. Mr. Riley has sent a box of fossils discovered at lias Quarry, Bridgend.

On Wednesday after- noon, shortly after two o'clock, a woman, living in Newcastle, attempted to drown her infant by throwing it over the new bridge into the river Ogmore. Fortunately a woman who was passing caught the child and saved it from the mother's drunken fury.

As a man was driving a cow and calf to market on Saturday, the cow became en- raged at something, and when nearly opposite the Angel Inn, Park-street, rushed at a little girl who was standing on the causeway, and after butting her with her horns trampled her under feet. The poor child was much shaken and bruised, but not seriously hurt. A second attack was prevented by the timely interference of the man in charge.

28 November 1874: BRIDGEND: SUDDEN DEATH.
On Friday afternoon a very sudden death occurred in the neighbourhood of Newcastle. The deceased, David Hopkin, but more universally known as The Flying Tailor," was sitting down in the house about five o'clock, in company with his mother, when he suddenly fell forward on his face to the ground, and expired almost immediately. The deceased was 26 years of age and-single. He received the sobriquet of The Flying Tailor" in consequence of his athletic abilities, he having run with, and beaten several of the best runners in the country. The inquest was held on Saturday, at the Lamb Inn, before Mr H. Cuthbertson, coroner, when the jury returned a verdict of Death from natural causes.

23 February 1867: BRIDGEND: FIRE.
On Sunday night last, or early on Monday morning, a number of small cottages, called The Square," in Newcastle, Bridgend, were destroyed by fire. The fire engine was speedily on the spot, and plenty of assistance, but although the night was damp, the fire was not extinguished until four houses were burnt down. The houses were straw-thatched, and occupied by the poorer class. No injury was done to any person, and the furniture was all saved.

31 July 1896: Bridgend: STEALING HORSE HAIR. 
John Grant Mackay, a well-known character, was committed for trial at the assizes for stealing a quantity of horse hair, the property of Mr. W. Howell, J.P., Pencoed.

20 February 1869 : BRIDGEND: THE FLOOD.
The rains of the past week seemed to have reached their climax on Friday last. During the morning it poured in torrents, and by noon the Ogmore had so increased that the surrounding meadows were submerged. The river continued to rise till about three or four o'clock in the afternoon, at which time the water in the main street was in many places two feet deep, and at Fairfield-terrace the brook, descending from the Cardiff hills, had so flooded the road that a man passing on horseback found it almost impassable. At the best our streets are in a miserable condition, many of the paving stones being so worn and broken, that as the pedestrian steps on them he finds his legs bespattered with mud. It is to be hoped that some of our Board of Health members will be amongst the be- spattered, and then, perhaps, we shall have these matters attended to.

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