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Hamadryad Park
The Bay
St David's Hall
The Museum
The City
Check Your Accent
Ffynnon Denis

Cardiff Poets Map

Shots of the City

Real Cardiff
Bute Street
Charles Street
City Road
Flat Holm
The Four Elms
The Garth
Gorsedd Gardens
Hadfield Road
Lloyd George Ave
Mount Stuart Square
Newport Road


The Parks of Roath
The Pearl


Womanby St.

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Not finished when I went through the
blue gates. Ship sails pinned to them.
Past the metal railings fashioned from
metal rope. The peninsular where Bute met
Grangetown and the Canal sluiced
to the sea. From the headland
the walled communities of Lower Grange
and Windsor Quay watch each other.
Merc facing thrashed Fiesta. Bin bag wrecked
bush shelter. Pushchair with buggered
wheels. Time and space for this seafaring life.
Someone with an air rifle shoots a heron gull. A
can of trash comes out of a fifth floor window.
Under the veneer the mudflats sink

At Briggs' exhibition there are shots of ButeTown
as it used to be. B&w dust. Streets with hardly
a car between them. Grey faces downing dark
beer in the MountStuart and the White Hart. A docklands
community at the end of its life

In James Street someone has torched a Ford. It is
doused and hustled from existence faster than a
body. Isn't allowed to smear the value of the
rising ash-floored apartments. The White Hart
still does bitter but also white wine in fluted glass.

The ghost of Tripp rounds the corner, doing the
run between Big Windsor and Casablanca, shirt
outside his trousers, pint in his hand.

No good. Nostalgia is for the aged. The New Sea Lock
is gone. And the Yardarm. You remember
me, I say to Frankie Johnston, big hat, lounging outside
the betting shop. You do. I used to come down here
in my youth. Everyone knew me. He looks at me slowly.
Up, then down. No, shakes his head, no I don't.

Uncollected as of yet. John Briggs' exhibition (and book) is Before The Deluge. The show was at St David's Hall during February, 2002. The book is published by Seren. More on Hamadryad Hospital from John can be seen in his follow up collection of photographs, Taken In Time, also published by Seren Books

Briggs - Hamadryad Hospital John Briggs - Hamadryan spoons
Hamadryad photos (c) John Briggs

Hamadryad Hospital ship Cardiff
The original Hamadryad Hospital Ship, Cardiff, at the west of the entrance to the Glamorgan
Canal. The ship was used as a hospital for 50 patients between 1866 and 1905.
The Hamadryad was a 46 gun Man-of-war built at Pembroke Dock in 1823. The ship
went to Devonport to be fitted out but never went into service


Peter Finch


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