In 1854-63 David Turnor Mathias lived here. In 1854 David Turnor Mathias, registrar, married Anne Jones, daughter of John James Jones of No. 3 Bridge Parade. In 1855 their daughter, Elizabeth Mathias, was born. In 1859 John Turnor Mathias was born to the same couple. In 1861 Frederick Ll. Mathias was born here, the son of Anne Mathias & David Turnor Mathias. In 1861 the following persons lived here: William Davies, 29, solicitor’s clerk; Elizabeth Davies, 29, dress-maker; Charlotte Davies, 1, their daughter (all b. Cardigan); and Anne Rowlands, 19, servant (b. St. Dogmaels). In 1863 Griffith Huw Mathias was born here, the son of Ann Mathias & David Turnor Mathias. In 1871 Benjamin Bowen, beer retailer, ran a public house here. In 1871 the building was called “The General Picton”, the property of Captain Thomas Mathias. It was offered for sale fully licensed. The following persons lived at the ‘General Picton’ in 1871: Elizabeth Bowen, 64 (b. Nevern); Mary Ann Bowen, 29, her daughter (b. Nevern); and Catherine Ann Bowen, 6, daughter of the latter (b. Newport). On 23rd December 1871 Ann Bowen of Bridge Street was buried at St. Mary’s Church having died aged 25 – perhaps related to Benjamin Bowen.
In 1877-91 David Turnor Mathias and family lived here. On 18th September 1877 Elizabeth Mathias, only daughter of David Turnor Mathias of Bridge Parade, married Gwilym Griffith of Liverpool, originally from Salmon’s Leap, Cenarth. In 1880-84 Frederick Ll. Mathias, Watch & Clock-maker traded here. The following persons lived here in 1881: David Turnor Mathias, 48, registrar; Anne Mathias, 46, his wife; John Turnor Mathias, 22, their son, merchant’s clerk; Frederick Ll. Mathias, 20, son, watch-maker; and Griffith Huw Mathias, 18, son, pupil-teacher. On 3rd September 1882 John Turnor Mathias, 24, clerk, probably of this address, married Margaret Jones, 25, of Quay Street. In 1884 John Turnor Mathias and David Turnor Mathias acted as registrars of births, marriages & deaths here. In 1891 the following persons lived here: David Turnor Mathias, 50, registrar (b. Cardigan); Anne Mathias, 56, his wife (b. Cardigan); Mabel E. Griffiths, 11, their grand-daughter (b. Liverpool); and Griffith Huw Mathias, 27, son, schoolmaster (b. Cardigan). All were bilingual in English and Welsh. In 1893-1901 David Turnor Mathias & Griffith Huw Mathias, deputy-registrars of births, marriages & deaths, lived here. On 4th April 1899 Griffith Huw Mathias of Bridge Parade married Miss Margaret Edwards of Swansea. In 1901 the following persons lived here: David Turnor Mathias, 67, registrar of births, marriages & deaths (b. Cardigan); Anne Mathias, 65, his wife (b. Cardigan); and Mabel E. Griffiths, 21, their grand-daughter, commercial clerk (b. Liverpool). All were bilingual. On 5th December 1905 Anne Mathias, wife of David Turnor Mathias of No. 4, died aged 71.
By January 1911 this was the premises of John Salmon, boot maker (also of High Street, St. Dogmaels. In 1914-26 Jenkin Arthur Griffiths (b.1888), boot repairer, traded here. The building was demolished c.1933.
Early-mid C19 stucco rendered stone-built terraced house with slate roof, erected against Castle Green wall. Three storey range.
Census Returns 1861; 1881; 1891; 1901
Post Office Directory 1871
Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser 1871; 1880-81; 1893; 1899; 1905; 1914; 1917
Cardigan Observer 1877; 1880
Parish Records of St. Mary’s, Cardigan
Kelly’s Directory of South Wales 1884; 1895; 1914; 1926
Abstract of Accounts – Cardigan Union 02/08/1901
Letter-Head – John Salmon, 4 Bridge Parade 30/01/1911
Bill-head 1916 (Cardigan Heritage Centre).
© Glen K Johnson 20/08/2013