Victoria Gardens

I’m not sure why it should be so but since discovering Umsinga I have grown in my curiosity about the house.
In North Road now, it was once Gordon Terrace and may have become Umsinga in the 1920’s. The kind and thorough archivist (Gwyneth Roberts) at Ceredigion County Archives has unearthed rates books from the last century helping us sketch a picture of Sea Captains owning and renting many of the properties overlooking Victoria Gardens.
And today at Robert Pugh’s Antique Fair at Carmarthen Showground I found a postcard of the Gardens dated 1908 a smudgy figure seated by the bandstand and through the trees the gable and the bay windows of our home.
£5 for the few seconds, one hundred years ago, that photograher J. Clougher of Cardigan (or his son) opened and closed the shutter.

Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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