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William James and Alice Jane Bass lived at 40 Elm Street, Cardiff from about 1912 until 1953. Despite his disability - he had a tuberculous left hip joint which made his left leg shorter and caused him pain - he carried on a business as a light haulier. He started with a horse and graduated to a Ford Model T lorry. At first, he used a horse and cart, later he had a Ford Model T lorry. The property had a rear entrance on to Elm Street Lane. Perhaps a third of the garden length was taken up by a two storey building which provided a stable, later a garage, with a workshop above.

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40 Elm St

A view of the front of 40 Elm Street, Roath Cardiff taken in 1999.

Location on Google Earth

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back entrance

The rear view of 40 Elm St, showing the door that I watched my grandfather install in the 1940s. I still have a key to the wicket door somewhere.

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back entrance

The rear view of 40 Elm St after the former stable/garage buildings had been demolished.

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Elm St Lane

A view of Elm Street Lane taken in 2016. There is new building on the right.

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W.J. Bass "billhead"

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Porthkerry House

Porthkerry beach looking towards Porthkerry House, which can just been seen in the trees at the top of the picture. This photo was taken in the 1970s.

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Porthkerry

Porthkerry beach looking towards Cold Knap Point and Barry. This photo was taken in the 1970s.

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Golden Steps

Golden Steps between Porthkerry and Barry. Photo: pre WWII

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Ford Model T Lorry

This is what a (restored) Ford Model T lorry looks like. The cab should have oval side windows to my recollection, and the windscreen was split in the middle, horizontally, and could be rotated.

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Porthkerry

Porthkerry House from the pebbly beach taken in the 1970s. Our tent used to be pitched on a flat area just in front of the house. I remember, as a child, sheltering in the empty house during a storm, watching the lightning. Porthkerry House location in Google Earth

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Sale of Porthkerry House

Auction of Porthkerry House from The Times 16 May 1928

Porthkerry House location in Google Earth

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