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Cardiff - Those Cruel and Savage Streets

Cardiff as a growing seaport had all the trappings of wealth, but there was an underclass, an underprivileged mass who inhabited the back streets. With large families, decaying accommodation and little money the end result was drunkenness and crime.

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Cardiff as a growing seaport had all the trappings of wealth, but there was an underclass, an underprivileged mass who inhabited the back streets. With large families, decaying accommodation and little money the end result was drunkenness and crime.

Violence was a staple diet with sailors looking out for women, alcohol and fights! Wales’ wildest landlord, Mad Jack Matthews, was arrested hundreds of time for violence, his pub eventually being pulled down, the only means the authorities could think of to end his infamous reign.

Amongst this were gentle daughters who took on jobs as domestics only to be abused by their superiors. Young women were taken to getting rid of unwanted babies by leaving them in lanes or actually killing them! It was their job, their life or an unwanted baby by a father in denial. Abandoned the girl and baby would be heading for the workhouse.

There was also cunning and conniving men who planned murder to get rid of an unwanted wife, as in the Llanrumney Hall murder of the 1890s.

In 1975 the most unusual and cowardly of crimes took place in a Cardiff Food College. The background story is more worthy of a ‘best seller’ in a top fiction writer’s imagination.

‘Cardiff. Those Cruel and Savage Streets’ also attempts to illustrate many a sad life in an era where injustice was rife.

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Pages

218

Imprint

Wordcatcher Publishing

MainBISAC

HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century

PubDate

20170922

Series

Wordcatcher History

BySameAuthor

9781912056712

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4 reviews for Cardiff – Those Cruel and Savage Streets

  1. Patricia Davidson via Facebook

    If like myself you lived in any of the streets mentioned in the book it makes interesting reading. I lived in at least three streets mentioned in this book and I didn’t realise where my roots lay.

  2. Dai

    +dai
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, especially if you are Cardiffian

  3. LM via AMAZON

    I’ve downloaded all of John Wake’s books on the Kindle. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them all, learning the history of places I’ve known for many years but had no idea of their backstory. I wish there were more!
    Format: Kindle Edition: Verified Purchase

  4. D.LLOYD via AMAZON

    Excellent account of several historical events and characters in Cardiff’s history and the wider societal context. The author paints a vivid picture of a long disappeared way of life, at times gruesome, amusing, heartbreaking, and shocking. Mad Jack the Landlord could probably carry a book on his own, and there were several other characters and events equally worthy of further expansion and reading. Essential reading for anyone interested in Cardiff’s local history, or the wider field of criminal history and police procedures

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