Roath Local History Society

Our February 2021 Newsletter has now been uploaded onto the website.

Our lecture programme is now delivered via Zoom.  Why not consider becoming a member and join us for our online presentations  (our members also receive the Newsletter a month before it is published on our website). It would be great to see you.

Roath Local History Society March 2021 talk - Jeff Childs - Landowners of Roath from the Normans to the Twentieth Century

We wish all our members and friends remain safe at this difficult time.

Our latest blog posting is about WWI Belgium Refugees and the Roath Connection.


‘Street of the Day’ – a lockdown project looking at the streets in the area, their history and where their names originate.  Follow the series on Twitter @RoathHistory  or take a look at the Roads of Roath page our website.


Timbers Square. 

Built around 1955 on Roath Court pleasure garden, land that belonged to the Roath Court estate. Named after Miss Edith Timbers (1901-63) who was head parlour maid at Roath Court House (now the funeral home) for around thirty years.  In 1952 she was left £1000 in the will of Claude Williams of Roath Court in recognition of her long and faithful service. Roath Court was sold in 1953 and Edith returned to the village where she grew up, Whitney-on-Wye, Herefordshire. She died ten years later aged 62 and left £1093 in her will, almost as if her gift had remained untouched.

Amen.  Brief histories of the churches in the old Parish of Roath have been compiled.  There’s a surprising number, more than 95 in all.  There may be more to be included such as some Mission Halls that doubled up both as Sunday Schools as well as a Church. The list includes some from outside the old Roath Parish e.g. it includes the whole of Cathays, not just the part that used to be in Roath. A couple of synagogues are also included.  Building of other faiths will be added over time, though some are already listed as former church buildings now house other faiths.

One very useful source of information used in compiling this page is a book by one of our members Jean Rose, Cardiff Churches Through Time (Amberley Publishing; 978-1-4456-1092-4) (see our Publications page on our website).

Churches of Roath and Key

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.

Penylan Road David Hurn 1973

Photo: David Hurn

Our lively and interesting meetings are held at 7.45pm on the second Thursday of the month from September through to May.  See Programme for details.

We meet at  St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Pen-y-lan Road, Roath, Cardiff. CF24 3PB.

Annual membership is just £10 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.

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.