James Corey Marychurch (1806-1881)


We regret to announce the death of Mr James Marychurch, of Charles street, Cardiff. The de- ceased gentleman was one of the oldest and most respected inhabitants of the town. He came to Cardiff from Haverfordwest about fifty years ago, and commenced business as an ironmonger. The rapid development of the coal trade and his intimacy with an opulent London firm anxious to open a connection with this port, induced him to relinquish the ironmongery business and commence that of ship- broking and the coal trade. He was the first to ship a cargo of steam coal from Cardiff. Thus taking time by the forelock, his fortunes gradually rose with those of his adopted town. He became one of the principal proprietors of the Bwllfa Colliery Company, when the style of his business was changed into that of Locket and Marychurch, after which he became managing partner of the Cardiff and Merthyr Steam Coal Company while sinking their pits at Blaen Rhondda. He was largely interested in several of the steamships belonging to this port, one of the first of which bore his name. About twelve years ago he gave up his connection with the firm he established (now existing as J. Marychurch and Co.), and since that time has lived in comparative retirement. Unostentatious almost to a fault he studiously avoided prominence in any public matter, and, although many opportunities offered to gaining notoriety, lie strenuously objected to the appearance of display, preferring, as many can testify, to perform the good works of which he thought himself capable free from observation. In politics he was a Liberal in Church matters, a Congregational Nonconformist, being one of the founders of the Church in Charles-street, amongst the friends of which his death will be keenly felt.

The Cardiff Times 20th August 1881