Roath Local History Society


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

It contains an article on Margaret Smith about the history of Channel Islanders in Cardiff.

Channel Islands place names were sometimes given to
family residences in and around Cardiff, for example “ROZEL” and “GROUVILLE”.

Our latest blog is a look at the history of City Road.



‘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.

.Albany Road

An old road dating back to around 1800. Used to be called Merthyr Road but was renamed Albany Road in 1884 to commemorate the death of the Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, son of Queen Victoria. Still boasts a number of pubs (Claude, Pear Tree and Andrew Buchan) and churches (St Martin and Albany Road Baptist) but the Globe cinema and Roath village school are long gone. The houses at west end have been converted into shops over time.  The east end of Albany Road remains residential. More pictures of Albany Road.


Census Day 2021 has recently past.  Submissions are kept secret for 100 years but when the information is released it provides an invaluable recourse for family and local historians alike.

On census night 1911 a group of Suffragettes barricaded themselves into an vacant shop Albany Road in protest.  Click here to take a look back at one of our past blogs at the details.
34 Albany Road, Roath, Cardiff, Postcard.

34 Albany Road prior to 1911 when the group of Suffragettes protested by locking themselves in the premises to avoid the census.

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.