Gordon Coffee Tavern

In 1892 a 32-year-old sailor named James Steele was arrested for having committed “an abominable and unnatural crime” with another man in this 19th Century “temperance café”.

Opened in 1880, the Gordon Coffee Tavern stood on the corner of Custom House Street and the northernmost end of Bute Street, opposite the Golden Cross. It was a “temperence cafe”, serving coffee rather than alcohol, and in 1892 a 32-year-old sailor named James Steele was arrested for having committed “an abominable and unnatural crime” (gross indecency) with another man on its premises. (Source: A Little Gay History of Wales – Daryl Leeworthy, University of Wales Press, 2019)