A PEEP into the recent past of Cardigan’s high street has been revealed during the renovation of a town centre shop.

When the old “Y Popty” bakery shop, next to the Bell Hotel, at Pendre, had work carried out during the refit before Christmas, it revealed a steel beam with the company name ‘Connies of Cardiff’ written on it.

Matthew Morgan, who runs Brwsh Decorating Centre at Pentood Industrial Estate, was intrigued by the find and decided to carry out his own bit of detective work.

“I thought I’d check to see if the company was still in existence,” said Matthew.

“I found the company, who no longer did steel fabrication, but rather self-storage in Cardiff and sent them a quick email as I thought they’d be interested. The original owner’s daughter made contact and now has the image gracing her office wall.”

Pat Connies-Laing said: “I was delighted to receive the photo showing the ‘Connies’ name so clearly.

“The company ceased structural engineering in 1982 but converted the factory premises to be let as a gym.

“The yard is now a self-storage yard run by my son and the offices have 21 small independent tenants. The company was founded by my father in 1926 and I am still holding the fort.

“Would you have any idea of the time when the steel went in? The photograph is now gracing my office. Many thanks.”

So is there anyone out there who knows when this particular piece of Cardigan history was put in place? If you can help email dpa@tivysideadvertiser.co.uk or call 01437 761610.