FROM the Archive this week features a photograph of the old village and church in Cadoxton, Barry.

In February 1894 shocking accusations were printed in the local press that landlords were being blackmailed by police under fear they could have their licence removed without good cause unless the police were kept "happy" either with money or in kind.

An emergency meeting of Barry and Dinas Powys publicans was held at the Barry Hotel to discuss the allegations.


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Also present was Mr J. A. Harvey landlord of the Three Bells Inn, Cadoxton, as well as 10 other local landlords.

All vehemently denied any form of blackmail by local police.

The Three Bells, now a private house, was once one of the oldest public houses in the district.

Its proximity to the local church meant its busiest day was a Sunday.

When Mr Harvey left the property in 1907 he had held the licence for 16 years, it was the only free house in the district and there had never been a conviction against the inn.

The Barry & District News would like to thank Cllr Shirley Hodges for the photograph and information.

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