In 1910 Glebe St was well established as one of Penarth’s main shopping streets – but back then the main hazard for pedestrians wasn’t so much the traffic – but rather the risk of inadvertently stepping into one of the deposits left on the road by the numerous horses using the route.
It’s also worth noting in just what good condition the road surface was in – compared with today.The only clear signage in evidence is “Barrow” – a name which PDN readers may be able to identify.
Even in these sylvan turn-of-the-century times this was an era in which shoplifters were at work.
Penarth magistrates (yes, we had some – and they actually sat in Penarth in a court which still exists within Penarth Police Station ) committed Barbara McTagart, who claimed to be the wife of a sea captain, for trial at quarter sessions on a charge of “stealing a pot of cream” from the Glebe St provision stores of Stanaghan and Stephens . Mrs Tagart already had a record of several similar offences.
Local newspaper records also note that a man called James Jones had allegedly stolen a “sealskin jacket” worth 30/- (£1.50) from a Glebe St pawnbroker Mr Bomash. …Maybe he was just trying it on.
However it has to be said that in those days not all the traders in Glebe St were 100% honest either. William Hayden – a Glebe St grocer was found to have been illegally selling pepper which had been adulterated with 50% ground rice and “other foreign matter” . He was fined 10/- (ten shillings or 50p) – with 32/- costs.
Today street-lights are being turned off or dimmed around Penarth – but at the turn of the century the reverse was the case .The Penarth Local Board (the predecessor of the Town Council) had received a deputation of Glebe St shopkeepers pressing for three more “Bray’s lights” (gas lamps) to be installed . The Board immediately decided to “remedy the grievance”.
Some other Glebe St traders of the era were :-
- Butchers T. R. Wadley, D. Cornwell, C. Havord, B. Guy
- Chemists Blake Benjamin,
- Corn Merchants Sanger Tucker,
- Confectioners W. G. Warner, J Bishop,
- Drapers G. W Taylor, Cavendish House,
- Fruiterers E. J. Sanger Tucker, H. Matthews, Wm. Bull,
- Pawnbrokers Hyman Harris
- Newsagent Mrs Pasley, Mrs Faulkner