A Very Pleasant Surprise (one)
Monday, 5 July 2021
Syndod Pleserus Iawn (un)
One of the challenges of producing attractive publicity for bus travel in Wales is that you have to do it twice; once in English, once in Welsh. The first pleasant surprise came in response to fbb's snippet about the above leaflet from Cardiff Bus/BwsCaredydd.
Correspondent Andrew sent fbb a link to allow him to download a PDF.
A second pleasant surprise was from Gareth AT Cardiff Bus who sent THREE copies in the post.
But the biggest pleasant surprise was the leaflet itself.
But first, some background. The aerial view below is of Cardiff Docks in 1937.
In 1793, John Crichton-Stuart, 2nd Marquess of Bute was born. He would spend his life building the Cardiff docks and would later be called "the creator of modern Cardiff".
The town grew rapidly from the 1830s onwards, when the Marquess of Bute built a dock which eventually linked to the Taff Vale Railway. Cardiff became the main port for exports of coal from the Cynon, Rhondda, and Rhymney valleys, and grew at a rate of nearly 80% per decade between 1840 and 1870. Cardiff's new status as the premier town in South Wales was confirmed when it was chosen as the site of the University College South Wales and Monmouthshire in 1893.
This meant that, pre-industry, Cardiff was pretty much a non event.
Of course, Cardiff Bay is now unrecognisable even from relatively recent past, having been almost totally redeveloped.
The building was built in 1897 and designed by the English architect William Frame. It was a replacement for the headquarters of the Bute Dock Company which burnt down in 1892. Frame's mentor was William Burges, with whom he worked on the rebuilding of Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch until Burges's death in 1881.
The Bute Dock Company was renamed the Cardiff Railway Company in 1897. A coat of arms on the building's façade bears the company's motto "Wrth ddŵr a thân" ("by water and fire"), encapsulating the elements creating the steam power which transformed Wales.
The building became the administrative office for the Port of Cardiff in 1947.
Just up the road from the National Stadium and not too far from the main station you will find Cardiff Castle and the National Museum of Wales plus associated parklands.
Penarth has a long shingle beach and its pier, thankfully much restored ...
Butlins has gone and the fun fair offers much less fun than even in the 1980s.
With all that background in mind, we can now turn to the "Days Out" leaflet itself, which is full of pleasant surprises.
Next Cardiff blog : Tuesday 6th July