Jones' Emporium.

Mrs Mary Jones (1876-1949)
'Emporium' - ar y chwith / on the left
Bu farw Mr a Mrs Jones o fewn deuddydd i'w gilydd. Maent yn gorffwyso ym mynwent Hermon./ Mr & Mrs Jones passed away within two days of each other and rest in Hermon cemetery.
The shop which is at present a busy bakery, next door to the ‘Coachhouse’ in High Street was once known as ‘Jones’ Emporium’. Mr Jones’ premises was made up of several individual rooms, each stuffed with items, leading one to another. Items to be purchased were brought to the counter near the door and cash and change were dealt with using a pulley system attached to the ceiling. Payments were placed in a tin jar by the sales assistant and the jar was screwed to the system which whizzed the payment in the direction of the office. Shortly, a receipt and change came back via the same system.

At the door to the shop, hanging on a nail, were a bundle of galoshes or braces. Binder twine was used to suspend the galoshes from the nail. These items were generally sold to farmers. They were heavy duty, of the type required to support heavy duty corduroy trousers and a pair of ‘long johns’ inside them. The galoshes were attached to the waistbands via leather pieces, pierced with buttonholes. 

Old Mr Morgan Jones and his wife were members at Hermon Chapel. Mrs Mary Jones was treasurer of the Band of Hope at Hermon. Mr Jones, a deacon at the chapel, would teach the young lads how to tie knots – reef knots, sheep shank etc. 

Roedd y siop sydd ar hyn o bryd yn bopty prysur, yn uwch na thafarn y ‘Coachouse’ yn ym Mhenucha’r Dre, yn cael ei adnabod ar un adeg fel ‘Jones’ Emporium’. Roedd y siop yn cynnwys sawl ystafell fach, pob un wedi’i stwffio ag eitemau, yn arwain un oddi wrth y llall. Byddai siopwyr yn dod ag eitemau i’w prynu i’r cownter ger y drws a byddai arian a newid yn cael eu prosesu drwy ddefnyddio system pwli a oedd yn gysylltiedig â’r nenfwd. Rhoddwyd taliadau mewn jar gan ferch wrth y cownter a sgriwiwyd y jar i’r system a oedd yn hedfan y taliad i gyfeiriad y swyddfa. Yn fuan, byddai derbynneb a newid yn dod nôl trwy’r un system.

Wrth ddrws y siop, yn hongian ar hoelen, roedd bwndel o galoshes neu ‘braces’. Defnyddiwyd llinyn beinder i gydio y galoshes i’r hoelen. Yn gyffredinol, gwerthwyd yr eitemau hyn i ffermwyr. Roeddent yn rhai cryf, o’r math we angen i gynnal trowsus melfaréd trwm a phâr o ‘long johns’ y tu mewn iddynt. We’r galoshes yn cael eu rhoi yn sownd wrth y trowsus, am ganol y dyn, trwy ddarnau lledr, wedi’u tyllu â thyllau botymau.

Roedd yr hen Mr Morgan Jones a’i wraig yn aelodau yng Nghapel Hermon, Mr Jones yn ddeacon. Mrs Mary Jones oedd trysorydd y Band of Hope yn Hermon. Byddai Mr Jones yn dysgu’r crwts ifanc sut i glymu clymau o bob math.

‘ Temperance.—The annual meetings of the united Temperance societies of the county were held at Saundersfoot last week and were well attended by delegates from all parts of the county. Mr Morgan Jones, draper, The Emporium, represented the Fishguard Rechabite Lodge, while Mr Enoch Davies, builder Lower Town, attended as Past Chief Ruler of the district and, his term of office having ex- pired, he was presented with the emblem of the Order, and heartily thanked for his services to the cause of Temperance. Resolutions were passed in favour of the new Licensing Bill and other Temperance reforms in the county. ‘

21 – 5 – 1908 The County Echo

‘Round Fishguard Shops. What a plethora of good things the local  shops have on view to meet the demand for Christmas extras! ….          ……….”The Emporium” in High-street; customers are here given a good hint to buy their winter wear at the Emporium, where a large assortment is kept in all departments at prices not to be beaten. Waterproof coats, capes and leggings, suits, and suitings, collars, ties and costumes for all classes, and of the highest and most useful quality.’

22-12-1904 The County Echo

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