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LEWIS , WILLIAM ( 1835? - 1918 ), Cardiff printer and publisher ;

b. at Tewkesbury . The printing business at Cardiff , founded by John Bird (q.v.) in 1791 and conducted in 1855 by Hugh Bird , was transferred by the latter in 1866 to his two assistants, William Lewis and John Williams , who worked in partnership until 1873 when William Lewis became sole proprietor . Lewis had, prior to coming to Cardiff , served as an assistant in a book and stationery establishment at Cheltenham . The business prospered greatly under William Lewis , the printing and publishing business becoming, in time, one of the largest in Wales ; for full details see Ifano Jones , Hist. of Printing and Printers in Wales , and an article by the same author entitled ‘ The House of Lewis, Cardiff ,’ in The Pointer , No. 1, Oct. 1922 . William Lewis , who had retired from active participation in the business in 1913 , d. 4 Feb. 1918 at Cardiff , and was succeeded in the business by his eldest son, Sidney William Lewis .


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Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959