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David Morgan Limited: The Family Store
An Illustrated History 1879-2005

Brian Lee

Cardiff’s much-loved family-run department store, David Morgan Ltd, closes its doors in January 2005 having provided thousands of customers with unrivalled service for 125 years. This illustrated history, by local bestselling author Brian Lee, tells the story of how a local drapers’ shop, opened in The Hayes, Cardiff on 31 October 1879 by Mr David Morgan, grew to become a modern department store and a popular Cardiff landmark, with a reputation for excellent service, value for money and courtesy.

When Mr Morgan died on 21 April 1919, aged 86, his occupation was listed on the death certificate as ‘Master Draper’. He left a great legacy to future generations of the Morgan family. The fascinating story that unfolded as the company developed is told in detail in this new book.

Thanks to the wonderful archive of pictures and memorabilia owned by David Morgan Ltd, the life and times of the company can be brought to life again in the pages of Brian Lee’s account. Staff outings, annual sports days and the famed Christmas bazaars and fashion shows are all remembered, and the book is sure to appeal to anyone with memories of shopping at this Cardiff store, which will be sadly missed when it is replaced with luxury flats and a new shopping complex. As a souvenir of a company that has been at the heart of commercial life in Cardiff for well over a century, it is an essential addition to the bookshelves of all those with an interest in the history of the city.




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