In this photograph, Mr Mark Maurice stands in the doorway of his shop, West End House in West Street, Aged 42 years in 1911, Mr Maurice’s wife Martha assisted him in his Tailoring and Drapery business as did one of his sons Ivor Maurice.
When Mr Maurice passed away in 1936 a neighbour wrote a touching memorial to him. The words relating to the collapse of his tailoring business are very poignant – “Once in a thriving and flourishing business he had the grim mortification of seeing men’s habits and customs so change as to sweep away his source of income. He bore all this with a philosophical stoicism that was but a veneer over a kind, generous and sympathetic heart.”
In the funeral report, it is noted that his sons are scattered – Ivor at Gorseinon and Morgan in London, while his daughters- Beryl, Kitty and May are settled in Fishguard, Beryl living with her widowed mother. As was common at the time, the funeral was a ‘men only’ occasion.
Over the years several different businesses have occupied this same building namely a shoe shop, an off-license and today it is an estate agent’s office.