It is sometimes said that the history of a town can be seen in its public houses, and indeed they are often among the oldest surviving buildings. Cardiff is no exception, and has a long history of brewing.
What do you do when life throws you a curve?Samuel Bellamy, his wife Anne, and their five children, Sarah, Sammy, Jesse, Rob, and Bob had it made. Samuel's work ethic and integrity catapulted him to a top managerial position in his company. The accompanying salary and benefits afforded the Bellamys a large, stately home in a fine Atlanta…
As far back as 1340 the burgesses of Cardiff employed to ales-tasters to ensure the standard of the local beer was up to scratch. One of the oldest inn sites in the city is that occupied by the Owain Glyndwr in Church Street. Called the Malby Arms in 1731, it has since been known as the Kemys Tynte Arms, the Tennis Court and the Buccaneer, before taking its current name in the 1970s. Cardiff's docks naturally led to a maritime feel in its taverns, as the owners sought to lure in the sailors who arrived ashore with money to spend. Suitably nautical names have included the Jolly Boatman, the Sailor's Return, Six Bells and Noah's Ark, to name just a few. In this fascinating survey, celebrated local historian, Brian Lee brings to life the history of Cardiff's hostelries. From the fairly salubrious to the downright dangerous, he plots their changing fortunes as the city itself has changed over the years. About the Author Freelance writer and author Brian Lee was born and bred in Cardiff. This is his fourteenth book about his beloved city. His previous books for Breedon, Cardiff Then and Now, Memory Lane Cardiff, David Morgan The Family Store-An Illustrated History, A Cardiff Century-A capital city for Wales and Cardiff: Those were the days! were all highly praised local bestsellers.