Addition to programme:

Wednesday, June 1st

Note: This is an online lecture only, not at St Edward’s.

Our April 2022 Newsletter includes the following articles:

  • The Holmes Family of Roath Court – Margaret Smith
  • The History of Cardiff – Part 4 – by Deanne Pickstone
  • From Cathays to Cornwall, and Back Again – Rita Bray
Roath House

Roath House on Newport Road which was adjacent to Roath Court.

One of the newest pubs in the area:  

Misfits Social Club

Misfits Social Club, opened in late 2021 as a sports, food and live music bar. It doesn’t appear to be a social club in the traditional sense of the word but the name certainly reflects the building’s past.  In the latter half of the twentieth century it was the City Social Club.  Since the club closed around the turn of the centaury it has become a student venue, firstly called ‘the Social’. Subsequent names have included Koko Gorilaz, Kokos and Locos Latin Bar & Grill.

More history of pubs in the area on our Pubs and Clubs page.

Misfits Social Club, Miskin Street, Cathays

Misfits Social Club, Miskin Street, Cathays. Started as the City Social Club (pic credits: top Lord Bute on Flickr, Misfits: pub website)

Our latest blog post contains some reminiscences about Allotments in Roath and Pen-y-lan (supplemented with a picture of an allotment in Splott just to confuse things!)

Back of Railway Street in Splott - photo credit - Anita Walsh

Back of Railway Street in Splott – (photo credit – Anita Walsh)

Roath 200 years ago

1830s map showing Roath in the centre.  Few buildings apart from around St Margaret’s parish church.  Roath Lodge became the Mackintosh.  Some other names are familiar: Splot, Adams Down, Pengam, Pen-y-lan, Ty Draw, Ty Gwyn, Pen-y-wain, Ty’n-y-coed.

Roath in the 1830s

Society Background:

Roath is a suburb of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Our area of interest is not just Roath as we know it today but all areas that were in the ancient parish of Roath.  That includes the suburbs of Adamsdown, Splott, Tremorfa, Pengam, Plasnewydd, Penylan, parts of Cathays and Cyncoed as well as Roath itself.

St Edwards, Blenheim Road - Photo from church website

Our lively and interesting meetings are held at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of the month from September through to May.  See Programme for details.

We meet at  St Edward’s church, Westville Road, Pen-y-lan, Cardiff. CF23 5DE.


Annual membership is just £10 (membership form)  and visitors are welcome to attend any meeting for £2.

In June and July we undertake a series of trips to places of historic interest in both Cardiff and the wider South Wales area.


Roath, Splott and Adamsdown - 1000 Years of History

We are now over 40 years old. More information on our activities can be found on the  Society page. A Short History of Roath Local History Society has also recently been added and can be found on the Society page

We have published a number of books about Roath history.  These together with links to other books of interest can be found on the Publications page.

On our Links page we have listed websites that ma be of interest to people studying local history in the Cardiff and surrounding areas.

In our Local History section we have started to assemble articles on a whole range of topics connected to the old parish of Roath.

Finally, we draw your attention to our Blog.  We hope you enjoy the posts and having a wander around the website.

Thanks for visiting.