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The Coal Exchange Trading Floor 1891

Coal Exchange Trading Floor

Another fascinating photograph showing the trading floor of Cardiff's Coal Exchange in 1891. The Exchange was formally opened on 1st February 1886 and owned by Frederick de Courcy Hamilton who, at first, ran it as a private businessman's club. The architect was Edwin Siward, who also designed the Old Library, Cardiff Royal Infirmary and the Turner Gallery in Penarth. The Exchange was where South Wales coal was traded internationally and by the early years of the 20th century it was the most important building in Wales.

Two things strike me about the pictue; one, what a lot of hats! and two, I assume that the boys in the bottom righthand corner are messengers.

Sadly this great building is now in a sorry state. If you haven't done so already, please join the campaign to save the Coal Exchange. More info at Facebook


Many thanks to Cardiff before Cardiff and Ian Hill for the picture.