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LOUGHER , Sir LEWIS ( 1871 - 1955 ), industrialist and politician ;

b. 1 Oct. 1871 , second son of Thomas Lougher of Llandaff, Glam. , and Charlotte , daughter of David Lewis , a farmer of Radyr Farm , Radyr , Cardiff . His family was deeply rooted in Glamorganshire ; his father came from Wenvoe and his paternal grandfather from Garn-llwyd , Llancarfan . He was educated in Cardiff Secondary School and Cardiff Technical College , and was apprenticed to corn merchants . But Lewis soon entered the shipping business , and succeeded spectacularly as Cardiff developed into the world's chief port for exporting coal, until in 1910 he established the shipping company Lewis Lougher and Co., Ltd. having a fleet of ships in Bute docks , and he grew into a figure typifying Cardiff at the zenith of the city's mercantile power. He became chairman of a large number of shipping companies in Cardiff , Penarth and Barry , chairman of the federation of Bristol Channel shipowners in 1919 , chairman of the Cardiff Chamber of Trade when the Chamber was particularly powerful, and an expert on the problems of exporting and handling coal as a member of the National Trimming Board .

He was a member of Glamorgan County Council from 1922 to 1949 , a member and chairman of Cardiff Rural Council , and M.P. (C) for Cardiff East , 1922-23 , and for Cardiff Central , 1924-29 . His parliamentary career was notable in that he succeeded in getting an act of parliament on the statute book , namely the Road Transport Lighting Act , which he presented as a private member's bill in February 1927 , and which to the present day requires that every vehicle shall have a white light at the front and red light at the rear.

He was J.P. for Glamorganshire , High Sheriff in 1931 , and he received a knighthood in 1929 . During the 1930s he was responsible for developing parts of Radyr through his land company and the building of Danybryn Estates . He was a leading member of the Freemasons , and contributed generously to all kinds of organisations and philanthropic causes in the Cardiff area.

He was a bachelor, and lived for a long time in a mansion called Dan-y-bryn , Radyr (now the Cheshire Homes ), but about 1939 he and his unmarried sister Charlotte Lougher moved to live nearby in Northlands , Radyr , where he d. 28 Aug. 1955 .

Sources:

  • Who's who? ;
  • Who was who? ;
  • John Lougher , The Loughers of Glamorgan. Their descent and connections (Cardiff, 1952) ( 1952 , private circulation);
  • personal acquaintance.

Author:

Prys Morgan, Swansea

Published date: 2001