by  • August 31, 2013 • Cardigan, Ceredigion, Inn, Modern, Period, Post-Medieval, Shop, Site Type • 2 Comments


    In 1830-44 this was the ‘Salutation Inn’ run by Diana Owen. No. 18 is marked on the 1834 John Wood map of Cardigan. In 1841 No. 18 was occupied by David Owen, 60, innkeeper; Martha Bowen, 35, his daughter; Ann Williams, 20, servant; Griffith Thomas, 15, shipwright; John Griffiths, 15, shipwright; and George Williams, 15, shipwright. The following persons lived here in 1851: Diana Owen, 75, baker & innkeeper; Martha Bowen, 45, her daughter, baker & innkeeper; David Owen, 38, son, ship-builder; James Phillips, 14, lodger; and Hannah Griffiths, 19, servant. In 1851-52 Diana Owen was the publican. In 1861 Martha Bowen, 54, baker, lived here and ran a public house with her brother David Owens, 46, ship-builder.

    In 1868-1907 Thomas Griffiths kept a grocer’s shop here. In 1870 John L. Griffiths was born here. In 1871 the following persons lived here: Thomas Griffiths, 39, grocer; Eliza Griffiths, 42, his wife; Griffith L. Griffiths, 5, their son; John L. Griffiths, 1, son; Charlotte Lewis, 80, mother-in-law; Lizzie Lewis, 6, niece; and 2 servants. In 1873 Evan Griffiths was born here. In 1881 the following persons lived here: Thomas Griffiths, 49, grocer; Eliza Griffiths, 53, his wife; Griffith Griffiths, 14, their son; John Griffiths, 11, son; and Evan Griffiths, 9, son. On 4th September 1884 No. 18 was sold by the Priory estate, Thomas Griffiths was the tenant. In 1891 the following persons lived here: Thomas Griffiths, 58, grocer; Elizabeth Griffiths, 65, his wife; John L. Griffiths, 21, their son; and Mary Morgans, 14, servant. On 16th November 1898 Evan Lewis Griffiths, youngest son of Thomas Griffiths, grocer, married Miss Annie Evans, daughter of William Evans, confectioner, Bingham Terrace. In 1901 the following persons lived here: Thomas Griffiths, 69, grocer/shopkeeper (b. Llangoedmor, Welsh-speaking); Elizabeth Griffiths, 73, his wife (b. Cenarth, Welsh-speaking); and Mary Morgans, 23, domestic servant (b. Cardigan, bilingual). On 28th January 1907 Thomas Griffiths of No 18, grocer, died aged 75. In April 1907 No. 18 was advertised for sale.

    In 1908 John Daniel Davies set up shop as a grocer here. In 1908-61 this was the premises of John Daniel Davies, grocer. On 13th June 1912 a son was born to Mrs. & Mr. John Daniel Davies. In February 1940 D. Davies of No. 18 was in the merchant navy. On 18th May 1940 Miss Elizabeth Williams died here at the home of her sister and brother-in-law – Mr. & Mrs. John Daniel Davies, aged 61. On 16th August 1945 Sapper Sydney Daniel Davies, youngest son of Mr. & Mrs. John Daniel Davies, married Miss Winifred Medlicott of Boncath. By May 1946 Sydney Daniel Davies had left the army. In November 1948 Sydney Daniel Davies still lived here. Mr. & Mrs. John Daniel Davies lived here in 1949. In 1955 David Roger Davies, Evan Dewi Davies, John Davies, John Daniel Davies, Margaret Davies and Molly Davies lived here. In January 1961 John Daniel Davies, grocer, died. In September 1962 Mrs. Margaret Davies, widow of John Daniel Davies, died. The shop closed in 1986. In 1986-99 Evan Dewi Davies lived here. He died on February 20th 1999, aged 86.

    No. 18 Pendre in June 2002 (c) Glen K Johnson

    No. 18 Pendre in June 2002 (c) Glen K Johnson

    No. 18 was sold in 2001 to the owner of No. 19 – ‘Seconds Ahead’. Planning permission for alterations was sought in 2002 and work commenced that September on making the premises a part of ‘Seconds Ahead’. It traded as part of ‘Seconds Ahead’ in 2002-09. By July 2009 the shop was called ‘Trade Secret’ which traded here in 2009-11. In 2012 it traded as ‘Happit‘. In 2013 it became part of ‘Pritchard Cowburn‘ opticians.


    End terrace 2 storey C19 shop, altered, in painted roughcast with slate roof.


    Pigot’s Directory 1830; 1835

    Map of Cardigan, J Wood 1834

    Census Returns 1841; 1851; 1861; 1871; 1881; 1891; 1901

    Slater’s Directory 1852; 1868

    Post Office Directory 1871

    Kelly’s Directory of South Wales 1884; 1895; 1914; 1926

    Pembrokeshire Record Office: DB/13/140

    List of Voters – Cardigan 1900; 1910

    Register of Electors – Cardigan 1912; 1955; 1998

    Parish of St. Mary Jury List 1919

    Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser 1898; 1904; 1907; 1912; 1934-35; 1937-38; 1940-41; 1943; 1945-46; 1948; 1961-62; 1999; 2002

    Accounts – Cardigan Auxiliary Bible Society 1949

    © Glen K Johnson 30/08/2013


    2 Responses to No. 18 PENDRE, SALUTATION INN

    1. Anthea Darlington
      January 5, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      In 1948 Sydney and Winnie Davies went to live in the new double-fronted Parker Morris standard council houses in Bron-y-Dre, where they were neighbours of my parents and me. We kept in touch with Winnie and their daughter Elizabeth for many years. I can remember going to the shop at no. 18 to buy sweets with my ration book when I was very small- my mother did her grocery shopping there. I still have the ration book!

      • glen
        January 5, 2014 at 7:24 pm

        Hi Anthea, Thank you again for another lovely snippet. Kind regards, Glen

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