'D. J. James:  His Life and Legacy' by Richard Morgan

'D. J. James: His Life and Legacy' by Richard Morgan

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This is a volume outlining the life and times of Sir David James, a man deeply rooted in Pontrhydfendigaid, Ceredigion. 

David John James was born 13th May 1887 in London.  After moving briefly to Wales, he lived in Pantyfedwen, Pontrhydfendigaid.  He returned to London to run the family dairy business and spent the rest of his life there where he married Grace Lily Stevens on 24th April 1924. He built and opened the first London super-cinema in 1920 - the Palladium, Palmer's Green.  In 1952, he founded the Pantyfedwen Trust which was administered from London. Its purpose was to promote religious, educational and charitable causes in Wales. Late in the 1950's, Pantyfedwen Eisteddfodau were established in Pontrhydfendigaid, Cardigan and Lampeter giving individuals an opportunity to compete in local and the national eisteddfod.  He received an hon. LL.D. degree of the University of Wales in 1957, was knighted in 1959, became a member of the Order of the White Robe of the Gorsedd in 1965, and the following year he was granted the freedom of the borough of Aberystwyth.  He died 7th March 1967, and is buried in Strata Florida cemetery.