Shipping Federation Limited

Mount Stuart Square, a designated conservation area since 1980, is home to something like 60 listed buildings. Some of these listed buildings are considered landmark buildings; some are not.

The crown jewel of Mount Stuart Square is the Coal Exchange, where the world’s first 1 million pound business transaction was conducted. Today, it’s a multi-purpose building, and a walk around the outside of it reveals gems like this fading sign for the Shipping Federation Limited. I haven’t had a lot of luck tracking down information about this former office, but my best guess is that it was the Cardiff office of the Shipping Federation, an association of shipping owners formed in 1890 to oppose what was originally known as the National Amalgamated Sailors’ and Firemen’s Union, which became the National Union of Seamen before it was swallowed up by the RMT in 1990.


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Craig yr Aderyn (Bird Rock)

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Welcome back to a shorter working week. I hope you all had a great long weekend, and are looking forward to some more wallpaper choices.

This week, I want to continue sharing some of my favourite shots from last summer’s holiday up in North Wales, and I don’t know why, but I really fancy having my favourite castle shots as my wallpaper this week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

There’s no castle in sight in my first shot, but that’s typical of a Welsh castle. The North Wales coastline is a world heritage centre because it is ringed by the famous castles of King Edward in his attempts to subdue the Welsh. The joke goes that you can always tell an English castle by the fact that you can see it, and you can always tell a Welsh castle by the fact that you can’t spot it if you don’t know where to look!

Castell-y-Bere is hiding behind Craig yr Aderyn in this shot. Craig yr Aderyn (or Bird Rock in English) used to be on the coast, but is now several miles inland, making it the furthest place inland where cormorants nest (hence the name Bird Rock). Driving up to it, it looks like a sea cliff, even from the comfort of a car firmly on dry land! Craig yr Aderyn has been featured in The Dark Is Rising books, and in the 1980’s TV series Treasure Hunt (showing my age a bit there, perhaps!).

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