Barry West End Club's History
The Barry West End Club is situated on St Nicholas Road. The Club is host to an annual Beer Festival which always has a good turnout, the Club started getting a reputation for its fine 'Real Ales' from all around Britain, in turn the Barry West End Club has been in the CAMRA book, winning the best club in the Vale of Glamorgan for eleven consecutive years.
This is down to the hard work of the steward Steve Dite, Staff and Committee, also the members and many people who pass through the doors !!.
The Club is host to many teams ranging from Snooker, Darts, Pool, Skittles, Crib, Cricket, Fishermen, Footballers, Chess and also has a concert room for hire if interested phone 01446 735739.
A FLEETING CHRONOLOGY
As the final decades of the nineteenth century drew to their close he rural villages of Barry and Cadoxton gave way to the birth of a new town. It all came about, with the construction of Barry Docks by the engineer David Davies of Llandinam, and achieved for the new town of Barry, if only for a brief period in history, the reputation of being the greatest coal exporting port in the world, with the second highest tidal rise and fall known.
The development of the docks necessitated the urgent construction of railway, to convey the coal from the collieries to the ships, waiting in flotillas to transport it to the four quarters of the globe. Such was the reputation of the steam raising quality of Welsh coal, that it was in ever increasing demand by the developing countries of the world - the age of steam having revolutionized the means of production. Thus were born Barry Docks and Barry Railway, which combined to make the port a viable boom town, with artisans and labourers converging to it from every country and Provence of the United Kingdom. It was men such as these who later became the founders of the Barry West End Labour Club and Institute, on a late October night in the year 1927, just one year after the greatest workers strike in our nations history.
This brief history is dedicated to their memory, their enterprise and initiative, and also to those members both men and women who have, since then, emulated their example in making contributions to the Club's 95+ years of existence.