100 days in Cardiff – The Non Pareil Market

We Are Cardiff contributor Jeremy Rees is recording his days in and around Cardiff with 100 photographs of local points of interest. We’ll be publishing some of them here on We Are Cardiff – and make sure you tune in to Jeremy as he presents the Saturday Soulful Breakfast on Radio Cardiff!

The Non Pareil Market

non pareil market by jeremy rees

A mystery… Nearby where I live in Cardiff Bay (The Docks as it’s still known to many) there is a arch into a small housing development. Inlayed into the brickwork is a stone from a much earlier time bearing the words ‘Nonpareil Market 1889′. I pass by this arch often and wonder what the market sold and what happened to it. Oddly though, I can find no record of it either online or in the local history books – but it is clear that I’m not the first person to try to find out. All I can glean is that Nonpareil was the name of a sugar plantation in Guyana, South America – I know that many Guyanans settled in Tiger Bay and the Docks so that may be a clue, but as to where the stone came from and why it’s there, that’s still a mystery.”

Do you know about the origins of the Non Pareil Market sign? Leave us your comments below…

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