If you associate corrugated iron with shanty town poverty – a cheap, light, waterproof building material that soon crumbles into rusty shards – you might be surprised by the ‘Tin Tabernacles’, some of which are listed buildings, or Dinas’ Mercury Garage.
What’s more, like other Dinas businesses, Mercury Garage has more history than you might imagine. I don’t know anything of its beginnings but here is a photo of its early days. The truck parked by the garage looks as if it has PRATTS written across the front and a tank on the back. Does anyone know anything about it?
The owner of the garage at the time was Joe Stevens, whose niece still lives in the village. Joe also ran the pub, Rose Cottage, along with his sister Maggie Mary. Unlike the garage, the pub didn’t survive his death in 1968.
I now have a fondness for the corrugated iron buildings in the Dinas area; I may introduce some of the others to you in the future.