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How We Used To Ward Off The King Of Terrors
Source - WalesOnLine

Next year The Cardiff Story Museum will open in the city centre to celebrate the history of the Welsh capital and its people. As part of an appeal for people to offer objects for its exhibits, the Echo is looking at some of the aspects of Cardiff’s history that are due to be explored by the museum. Today KATIE NORMAN meets Graham Penn to find out what his grandparents’ old water filter tells us about what daily life was like for families a century ago

IT might look old-fashioned, but Graham Penn’s old clay water filter was credited with potentially saving lives in bygone days.
In the 19th Century, obtaining clean water was difficult for many as people sought to dodge the threat of cholera, a disease nicknamed “king of terrors”.
It is unclear how effective clay water filters would have actually been but many credited them with helping people to avoid contracting such deadly conditions.
Mr Penn, 78, of Cyncoed, Cardiff, is donating it to the Cardiff Story Museum due to open next year.
He said: “In the 1850s there was a lot of cholera in South Wales, particularly in Merthyr, so people were very wary of water quality.
“In those days the water came from a pump or a well and it wouldn’t have been clean.”
The problem was so bad in the 19th Century many people even thought it safer to drink beer than risk consuming potentially contaminated water.

In west Tredegar, Cefn Golau Cholera Cemetery still stands as a reminder of the tragedies triggered by contaminated water.
The cemetery was used to bury the victims of the cholera outbreak of 1832 and 1833, followed by those in 1849 and 1866.

The threat of cholera forced many residents to flee South Wales, including the relatives of singing superstar Donny Osmond, whose ancestors fled to the US.
For those who stayed, clay water filters would have been an attractive prospect.
Mr Penn’s filter belonged to his grandparents John William and Mary Ann Penn, who lived in Thomas Street, Grangetown, Cardiff. “I used to see it in their kitchen when I went to their house in the 1940s,” recalled Graham. “I don’t think my grandparents would have used it much in those days because they had cold water on tap by then. When they were younger, they would have used it.”
Mr Penn, a grandfather of 11, has traced his family tree back to 1272. Many of his ancestors lived in Somerset, but the family moved to Cardiff five generations ago because of the work created by the expansion of Cardiff Docks.
Some of his ancestors were builders who helped construct Thomas Street in the 1850s.
Mr Penn said: “My grandfather was born with one leg shorter than the other so he couldn’t go into building work because he wasn’t allowed to climb the ladders.
“He started out working as a tailor’s apprentice but then he ran away to join the circus in Ireland. He was only 14 or 15 when he ran away but he did come back. There was a ship’s chandlers in Bute Street called Fraser’s and he used to work there as a clerk.”
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