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How Cardiff looked 100 years ago and how it compares to today

The Roaring twenties was a decade of huge social and political change and also one of great contrasts. The end of the First World War brought peace but the effects of the conflict would have repercussions across the whole of Britain – including Wales.Throughout the 1920s, Britain’s economy was already struggling to pay for the effects of the war and when the US stock market crashed in 1929, world trade suffered a further blow leading to poverty and unemployment in the industrial heartlands of Wales and northern England. It was largely due to the devaluation of the pound, allowing exported goods to be sold cheaper abroad, that the economy was able to begin a slow recovery and industry in Wales chuntered on.The change that areas of Wales underwent in that decade is nothing compared to the advancements they have made since, however, with big cities like Cardiff looking completely unrecognisable from how they looked a century ago. Every wondered what the city looked like a hundred years ago? We’ve trawled through the WalesOnline archive and found these fantastic photographs showing what life was like in Cardiff in the 1920s. Read MoreWalesOnline – Cardiff

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