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From: "Judith" <>
Subject: Re: [MON] News Items APRIL 1st to JUNE 30th 1926.NumberOne-Hundredthirty eight
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 23:21:12 -0000
Thank you again, John Patrick.
All your News Items are extremely interesting and I read them with great
pleasure. This one especially, because The Merrie Friar's Cafe at Barry
Island was owned at some point by my Grandmother's brother Griffith
Griffiths who built up a business known as The Pickwick. He went to Barry
from Carnarvon as a young boy with his brother after his parents died and
starting from nothing built up a business with 2 shops in Holton Road, one
in High Street, also Ann's Pantry, as well as The Merrie Friar's. All this
was a bit before my time! But my Grandmother lived with us and it is from
her that I had a very good start to my knowledge of my family history. My
mother, still alive at over 100 yrs of age, still remembers her Uncle Griff.
All the family are well remembered and if anyone on this list may know of my
mother I would be very pleased to hear from you. She had many friends in
the Barry area and outskirts. She was in Barry Girls County School and I
have photographs of netball teams taken during the relevant period. Her
name at that time was Lillian Edwards and she had a sister Dorothy and a
brother Lewellyn (known as "Loo"). Lillian has a first cousin who is also
over 100, in fact she is more than 101 yrs of age. Her name is Sallie and
until very recently has been living near Romilly Park.
Does anyone know this family? I know there are people in the Barry area who
must be "belonging". Griffith Griffiths and his brother Iorwerth came from
Carnarvon, as I said, and as they were only in their early teens they were
taken by their aunt Margaret who had married William Parry and I believe
that the Parry family lived in Station Street in Barry for many years.
Hoping to hear from someone,
----- Original Message -----
From: "J GRIFFITHS" <>
Sent: Monday, November 23, 2009 3:40 PM
Subject: [MON] News Items APRIL 1st to JUNE 30th 1926.Number
Western Mail Wednesday April 28th. 1926.
THE MERRIE FRIAR'S CAFE= Barry Island.
Recently erected, and fully equiped Electric Light and Lifts.
American Soda Fountain. Dance Hall.
Extensive Balconies Overlooking Sands and Channel.
Entirely under new management.
H. CRISPIN LEWIS, Manager. (Late of the LOUIS, Duke Street, Cardiff and
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Casino, and The Lounge, Harrogate). Telephone Barry
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