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28 October 2014
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Barry Docks in the 1900's
The Birth of Barry – When Coal was King

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, what is now the town of Barry was a group of three small villages and a few farms, while Barry Island was a haunt of smugglers. One hundred years later, they were the site of one of the most successful industrial enterprises in South Wales. The Barry Railway Company’s dock and railway line made an important contribution to both the Welsh coal industry and the rise of Barry. More...

Words: Richard Watson

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