Mr John R. Richards. The Corner Shop on the Square

J.R Richards. Butcher
Barry Thomas

Mr John R. Richards purchased and enlarged the Corner shop which he ran as a butcher’s business for many years. Next door was Anchor House- the bottom house on High Street- and to the RHS of Mr Richards was J.G Martin the stationer. In the 40s, 50s and 60s, the Corner shop was a cafe and confectionery shop owned by Mr Gethin Thomas called “Annie Francis”. Since then it has always been a cafe and bakery and even at one time, a restaurant.

Very recently, the premises was again refurbished and is now under new ownership as the Popty Cafe.

Thanks to the information from the late Mr B.R Lewis’ writings about Fishguard over 100 years ago, it seems that the Corner shop was once a much smaller place and initially was  a watchmaker’s shop owned by a Mr Benjamin Thomas. Later, and before Mr J.Richards’,  Mr William Meyler kept a boot and shoe shop there.

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