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THE ABERYSTWYTH NEW MARKET COMPANY. Another meeting of the Market-street scheme was held on Tuesday evening at the Talbot Hotel, when the following promoters were present:—Mr John Davies, chairman Messrs Thomas Jones, George Jones, (architect.) Edward Ellis, Charles Hackney, John Hughes, (Prince Albert,) E. H. Davies, (Pier- street,) M. H. Davis, (Bridge-street.) H. E. Taylor, R. Hughes, (chemist,) G. T. Smith, T. H. Jones, J. R. Jones, Thomas Powell, (Market-street,) &c., &c. Mr Cole, the secretary, and Mr J. P. Jones, were absent in London, on buisness, and Mr Roderick Williams was also unavoidably from home. The Chairman, at the request of the shareholders, again consented to preside, and he explained that this meeting had been convened for the purpose of receiving plans for the erection of an entirely new Market Hall on the site of the present old Corn Market, or for its re-construction on greatly im- proved principles. It would be for the meeting this day to decide which plan they deemed the most deservable to adopt. They had received two appar- ently eligible plans from Mr George Jones, architect, one for the reconstruction and remodelling of the present building on the old foundation, and another for re-building it entirely. Mr Jones would explain the plans, which were laid on the table and examined, together with the sections, elevation, and details. Mr George Jones explained with minuteness the designs, which were all much admired from their neatness and adaptability for the requisite purposes. In the plan for improving and adding to the old market, he proposed to take it down to the apex of the arches, doors, and windows. They could not go back further than the premises of Mr B. Hughes at the back, in either case. without his consent. They could, however, in the entire new plan, advance two feet if they deemed it not objectionable to make the street narrower by that space. The building would be perfectly well-lighted from skylights in the roof and otnerwise. The whole accommodation on the plans were explained, both as regards the basement storey, and the top storey. The scale and dimensions were marked out on the plan and ample room was appropriated to 300 stall-holders up-stairs, so that the architect considered it improbable that they would require increased accommodation for many years. The Chairman here intimated that he understood that Mr B. Hughes was quite ready to enter into arrangements with the company for placing at their disposal a portion of his room should they require it. (Hear, hear ) Mr Taylor remarked that both plans were very good ones, and quite appropriate for the purposes required. Either of them would do. Mr G. T. Smith enquired whether ample provision had been made for the accommodation of fruit vege- tables of all kinds, poultry, butter, and other ordinary produce generally exposed in the market. The Architect replied that a space of two feet was allowed to each of the 300 sellers, which he deemed ample. Mr Smith I really think that the reconstruction plan will do. It is a very nice attractive plan. The Architect remarked that he did not think until he had completed the plans that the old building would be so available. t:o The Architect, in reply to Mr Taylor, said that the lower room was 15 feet 6 inches in height, and the higher 16 feet 6 inches, making a total height of 42 feet. It was 74 feet in length, and 43 in width and the whole would be well lighted. Mr Hugh Hughes remarked that if they adopt the old plan. the traffic would not be interrupted at ail. The building could go on in the interim until its completion. The Chairman enquired tor Mr Roderick Williams, the builder, who had taken great interest in the pro- motion of the company, for the purpose of asking him some questions, but Mr Williams had been com- pelled to go into the country. The Architect stated that the reconstruction plan would be a stucco one with Portland cement. He further explained at length the mode in which he would proceed without interfering with the traffic. Mr J. Hughes, the present lessee, stated that the present number of tenants was between 300 to 400. The Chairman, after further explanations had been given by the architect, said they had the two plans before them. It was for them now to decide which of them they admired the more. It would be per- ceived that the difference in price between them is very little, no more than about 100Z. Mr Thomas Jones The internal arrangements are just the same. The Architect said they were with the exception of the 2 feet projection into the street in the entire new plan. Mr G. T. Smith I think the re-construction plan is the handsomer, and I propose that it be the one adopted. Mr Taylor said he had great pleasure in seconding the motion. The Architect, in reply to Mr Ellis, stated that he would guarantee that ample provisions had been made for lighting the building in all parts, so that, it they wished, they could read the Times newspaper in every part of it. (Hear, hear.) Mr Taylor said that as they had plenty of money they could proceed with the building at once. The Chairman remarked that if no gentleman had an amendment to propose on Mr Smith's motion, he should at once put the question to the meeting. The Chairman then put the motion for re-con- struction on the present walls to the shareholders, and declared it carried nem. con. Mr Hugh Hughes asked, now that they adopted the plan of the new market, what was the next question for consideration. Mr Taylor Now we have agreed on the plan, let us have the specifications out at once, so that we may advertise this week for tenders. We must have the specifications prepared before tenders can be sent in. The Architect replied that they could advertise in the very next newspaper, and before a response could come from any builder he would undertake to have the specifications prepared. They could state in the advertisement that the specifications could be ex- amined on the Wednesday following. Mr Thomas Jones asked what provisions had been made for the paving of the floor and stairs, &c. The Architect replied that there would be iron handrails along the double stairs. A double flight was deemed more convenient, as one flight would require very long stones indeed. The window frames would also be of iron, enclosing the glass. There would be 280superncial feet of sky-lighis, and he believed they would find that quite sufficient, with the other means secured. The sky-lights would not be required to be opened, but ample provision had been made for the ventilation. The skirting was to be fixed as might hereafter be determined. They would have to determine as to the kind of tables and forms, together with the other fixings and furniture, as they had not been included in his plans. Mr Taylor should like to see them all included in the specifications. They had casks of butter and other heavy goods to be taken up-stairs what pro- visions had been made for a lift-winch or pulley internally ? The Architect said that he could easily provide a trap-door for admitting them. All these matters of details would be included in the specifications. He intended to make the floor very strong. The timbers at present ran longitudinally, but he would have them placed transversely. Mr Thomas Jones thought that pitch pine was the best timber for the flooring, and they might have Aberlleveny flags. Mr Smith remarked that all these things were mere questions of detail. Now it was desirable to push on the matter at once. Mr Tayior How long will you allow the builder? The Architect: About 9 months, I think. Mr Smith, after further conversation, asked if due provisions had been made for urinaries and other conveniences that were required in places of public resort ? The Architect stated that no provision had as yet been made, but they could easily be provided if neces- sary. Some of the members of the committee did not deem it necessary to make this provision. Mr J. R. Jones said that such accommodations was absolutely necessary. Mr T. Jones These matters can be arranged here- after. What time will you allow for sending tenders? The Architect thought that 14 days would be sufficient. He would take good care that the speci- fications would be ready by the time specified. The Chairman It appears we have nothing more to do at present. Mr Hughes: No, we can do no more now. After some further conversation it was announced that the committee should meet next week, and Mr G. T. Smith was added to their number. A vote of thanks was then given to the chairman, and the meeting terminated.


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