The South Wales and West of England Standard Manufacturing Company Ltd appears to have established its Cardiff operation shortly before World War I. No reference has been found prior to 1913, but that year’s Western Mail Directory lists the company at 43 Bute Street. By 1915, they occupied substantial corner premises fronting onto both Bute Street and Herbert Street, where their business embraced the manufacture and wholesale supply of dungaree overalls, khaki & white drills, shirts, singlets, and oilskins. During 1915, the company was contracted to manufacture several thousand kit bags for the Welsh Army Corps at a unit price of 1/11½d (slightly less than 10p).
In 1940, the company received building approval to extend their factory and it is thought that Mary Traynor’s drawing depicts the Herbert Street frontage of this extension, for which plans were drawn up by Cardiff architect, T. Elvet Llewellyn.
By the 1950s, the company was marketing its products under the brand name Stamana (presumably a contraction of STAndard MANufActuring) and directories indicate that they were still operating from the same premises – by then known as Stamana House – into the 1970s. The building has since been demolished; part of its site has been taken for road widening, while the remainder is now a grassed and landscaped area on the east side of Bute Street between Herbert Street and the pedestrian and cycle path passing under the Cardiff Bay railway.
David Webb, Glamorgan Archives Volunteer
- Mary Traynor Collection [D1093/2/21]
- Cardiff Borough, building regulation plans, plan of extension to factory premises at 42 Bute Street, 1940 [BC/S/1/34142]
- Western Mail Cardiff Directory, 1913
- The City and Port of Cardiff – Official Handbook, 1955
- Kelly’s Directory of Cardiff, 1972