The History of Barry

Little more than a century ago, Barry was no more than a dot on the verdant landscape of South Wales, comprising of just three small villages and farms in the separate parishes of Barry, Merthyr Dyfan and Cadoxton. In 1881, the population of the village of Barry was just 85, compared to 403 in Cadoxton.

By the 1920s, this figure had mushroomed to 40,000, spurred by the development of Barry Docks in the 1890s. Unfortunately, the bubble soon burst, and just 30 years later the heavy industry the town had been founded upon collapsed, leaving Barry in dire need of a new direction.

Barry has withstood tough times and is now enjoying success on the back of softer service industries such as leisure and tourism. With vast swathes of golden sands, the rural attractions of the Vale and the bright lights of Cardiff just a short drive away, Barry’s enviable location provides local residents, day trippers and tourists with a wealth of local attractions.

Cash for Clothes in Barry has created these helpful pages with local information about Barry for you, so that you can easily find out what is going on in your local town from the latest events to celebrity filming and shops on the high street! any recommendations as to a local event, fund raising activity or shop that has opened or is 'occurring' soon please get in touch and let us know so we can update our site to help you promote this.