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Notes and Comments. 1,11. Probably the first paper ever issued bearing the the name of Penarth in its title was that published as a supplement to the Western Mail on August 24th, 1876, and known as the "Penarth Visitors' List." The size of this publication was 8 inches by 11 inches. This contained the names of a goodly number of visitors, whilst- the streets named were only Plassey-street, Clive-place, Windsor-road, Maughan. Street-street, John-street, and a.couple oi houses on the Beach. The first issue cenained the advertise- ments of Messrs Lovett, Windsor Hotel; D. L- Williams, Dock. Hotel; Thomas Griffiths, Albion Hotel; Evan E. Roberts, Britannia Buildings, Glebe- street; D. Comweli. who was then as now "the Oldest established butcher in Penarth James Slade, Glebe-street; R. Proctor, chemist, Glebe-street. W. R. Smith, outfitter. Glebe-street; and Philip Daw, butcher. Of these how few remain to detail the early history :of out- town- Mr Evan Roberts, we think, claims the honour of being nearly the oldest resident of Penarth. lie commenced business here when there were only a few families to patronise him, but success followed him. As the town grew his business in- creased, and now, having amassed sufficient of tins world s goods to live comfortably, he has practically retired, and given place to those younger in life. Many an interesting tale can Mr Roberts unfold re- j *#■ spectmg the early history of Penaith. The following j is from the first issue of the "Penarth Visitors' List"— In passing through the Great Western Station,Cardiff, the tiareller from London must have noticed to the left a stiking headland, surmounted by an equally striking-, cb-urch. Around, upon, and nestling- bo- neath, is the town of Penarth-one of those water- ing places which have been kindly dealt with by Nature, anu have escaped lightly at the haudsof man. K,itua ed at a point of the Glamorganshire coast where the Bris ol Channel widens out. and becomes a recog- nisable son of the ocean, Penarth affords for the eve a pictuie wincii can be looked upon, not once or twice, but for ever with pleasure. Viewed from the mainland-from Castell Coch, towering biuh above the fertile and well-wooded Taft" Vallpv—Penarth overlooks a wide stretch of water, really a road. stead, but apparently a land-locked Jake, the entrance closed by these two striking islands, the Steep and Flat Holms- Bat when seen from the high land be- yond Penarth Church, the roadstead opens", the Holms drop into their proper place as accessories in the pic- ture, the link between them and thej/coast on either side, is severed by a silvery stretch cf sea, lighted up, perhaps by a rich glow. or perhaps darkened 1 1. 1 d by the reflection of gathering clouds massing tnem- ¡ selves in heavy columns on 5be line of the hoiizon. From Penarth itself a fine body of water and a long stretch of English coast are open to the observer who looks Channel wards while, if he turn his g'ance in the direction of the road by which he has reacS ed his coign of 'vantage, he will behold a scene which will compare favourably with any to be met with from the mouth of the Usk in Monmouthshire to St David's Head in Pembrokeshire. Unless the weather is very bad. indeed, the town of Cardiff always looks bright from a distance and when, upon a bright day in the summer or early autumn, it is seen across the water, backed by green hills and the opening of the beauti- ful Taff Valley, it creates a first impression which visi- tors are not likely speedily to forget. And it is this Penarth (even this) so richly dowered with natural beauties, that is at last asserting its right to be regarded as one of the most charming and healthful watering places on the Welsh Coast. Not only does it possess a stretch of most beautiful coast scenery, but it is rapidly assuming, under the foster- ing care of the trustees and agents of the Windsor C, Estate, all the attributes of a well-built, well-lighted well-paved; and well-drained town. As regards the healthfulness of the place, we cannot do better than quote the Western Mail, the leading daily paper of South Wales, which in the issue of February the 10th, 1876, furnished the following :—List of persons who actually died within the limits of thepanshef Penarth during the last five years In 1871 33 1872 21 1873 38 1874 I 38 I 1875 35 Total 165 The correspondent adds :•—The population of Penarth in 1871 was 2,612; in 1874, 3,300; and to judge from the increase of houses, the number must have largely increased since the last return. Taking as data the figures above, and assuming the population during the last five years to have been 3,000, I arrive at the following conclusions:—1st, that the death-rate may be fairly put down at 11 in 1,000; and, therefore, Penarth must be one of the healthiest places in the kingdom, I give these facts in contrast with statements which have from time to time ap- peared in print as to the low sanitary condition of this, one of the most picturesque spots in the Bristol Channel.

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