Storfa Vaughan, Cwm Abergwaun / Vaughan's Store, Lower Town

Anfoneb o 1849 / Invoice of 1849
Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser - 16-11-1855
21-4-1910 County Echo

Un o’r adeiladau hynaf yn Abergwaun. O gwmpas 1850, roedd y storfa yn nwylo’r teulu Vaughan. Mae’r anfoneb yn dangos ffurf yr adeilad ar y pryd ac yn dangos ei fod mewn defnydd gan D J Vaughan ar gyfer masnach. Caiff David Vaughan ei ddisgrifio fel gwerthwr brag, yd a glo. We’r teulu Vaughan mewn safle parchus o fewn y gymdeithas. Yn 1855 gwerthwyd yr adeilad trwy ocsiwn. Pryd yn gwmws y cafodd y lle ei gymryd i ddwylo y Cadetiaid Mor, a’i enwi’n T.S. Skirmisher, wel, pwy sy’n gwbod? Mae’n siwr eu bod wedi gweithredu yno ers yr 1940au?

One of the oldest buildings in Fishguard. Around 1850, the store was in the hands of the Vaughan family. The invoice shows the structure of the store at the time and it’s use in trade within the area. David Vaughan is described as a maltster, corn and coal merchant. The Vaughan family held a respected position within the community. In 1855, the store was auctioned. When exactly the building was put to use as a Sea Cadet facility, being renames the T.S. Skirmisher, well, who knows? Would it be right to say that they have been active there since the 1940s?

The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser. 17-8-1855

FISHGUARD – The corn harvest has commenced in this neighbourhood. In a few days a fine field of wheat, which will challenge Pembrokeshire, will be cut by Mr. David John Vaughan.

LIFE BOAT—Our Life boat has at length arrived, the want of which has been so long deplored, owing to the immense sacrifice of life in our bay without a possibility of assistance being rendered. She was brought up from Haverfordwest, under the able superintendence of Mr. D. J. Vaughan, Mr. Jenkins, & Capt. J. Evans, the chief coxswain. Mr Vaughan Lloyd, agent, and Mr. D.J. Vaughan, kindly lent their horses on the occasion, and Mr. Williams, farmer, of Ford, despatched a couple of horses to meet the boat in order to assist in drawing her up Wolfs- castle Hill. A large concourse of people had assembled in order to witness the arrival, and formed in procession outside the town, halting in Colby Square to give every one an opportunity of obtaining a full view. Three cheers were then given by the jolly Jack Tars, who had mustered in good force to welcome this long expected blessing. When the order of ‘March!’ was given by the worthy secretary, Mr. John Williams, to start for its destination, all the worthy tars were on the qui vive.” Much praise is due to those gentlemen that took an interest in conveying the boat from Haverfordwest to Fishguard.

Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser  – 12-7-1901

DEATH OF MR DAVID. VAUGHAN.—On Friday morning Mr David Vaughan, High Street Fishguard, died at the age of 83. Mr Vaughan had been in a large way of business in the town, being connected with the firm of Messrs Vaughan, Williams and Co., timber and general  merchants. He had also taken a prominent part in public affairs, being a guardian of the poor for over 30 years, and was prominently connected with the Lifeboat Committee, having been chairman for many years. He rendered good service to the town when he advocated the acquisition of the land under the houses that were then built on the Square in order to secure an open space. He leaves a daughter and two sons.

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