The Custom House
stood at a little distance down King Street, nearly where the Suffolk Bank now stands, and a sentinel was continually pacing before its front.
After he retired from the Custom House
, his tall, stalwart figure could be seen almost daily tramping through the Fort George district or Central Park, his roving inclination leading him to obtain as much out-door life as possible.
Similar to the Penarth and Cardiff Custom Houses, it was one of the major commercial buildings used for trading purposes in the dock.
The exterior of the former Custom House and Mercantile Marine Office, on the junction of Station Road and Dock View Road, has been restored to its former glory thanks to a pounds 100,000 Welsh Development Agency town improvement grant.
The Custom House was built between 1901 and 1910 as Barry Docks became a major export centre for coal from the South Wales mines.
Andrew Dakin, Barry Action project manager, said the restoration of landmark buildings such as the Custom House played a significant part in the overall regeneration of the community.
He said: ``Buildings as prominent and well-loved as the Custom House are an integral part of Barry.
The external refurbishment of the Custom House is due to be completed by April 2002.
RESTORATION PROJECT Work has started on restoring the Custom House and Mercantile building, Dock View Road, Barry.
Andrew Dakin, Barry Action project manager, said the restoration of landmark buildings such as the Custom House played, "a significant part in the overall regeneration of a community".
He added: "Buildings as prominent and well-loved as the Custom House are an integral part of the fabric of Barry.