My next line of enquiry was to look at a variety of trade directories, which hopefully would give me the answers I required.
What is a trade
directory? It’s a book that lists all the businesses and business people located in a town. Swansea library have a good selection, the earliest dating back from 1816 to 1970.
The three examples I have used have been the 1856, Pearse’s Swansea
Directory, which indicate that 56 Wind Street, was a Wineand Spirit
Merchant under the owner-ship of William
Clark. 1910/11, Purrier’s
Swansea Directory, is listed by road and 56 is now a Wine Spirits and
Importers, under the ownership of F. C. Williams. Also
present is a stock broker, William Morgan
Directory, has both the business directory and road listings, both have 56, as a Wine and Spirit
Merchant, still under the ownership of F. Clarke
Williams, but what
else? The road listings mentions, accountants, Tribe, Clarke, Cawker, Owen
& Co. are in the same building.
Another source of interesting information is the use of telephone directories, which were first published by The Telephone
Company in 1880, and then printed every 2 years. You can let your fingers do the walking on this one. Anyone who has walked down Wind Street, and looked at the upper windows will have
noticed the words – Munday’s Cocktail