Our June 2022 Newsletter includes the following articles:

  • Diamond Jubilee for Brynderwen Close! 1962-2022 by Michael Clemitson
  • History of Cardiff – Part Six by Deanne Pickstone


Our latest blog post is called:  The Mackintosh of Mackintosh comes to Cardiff and Alf and Ella get hitched.

It contains some interesting history of the Richards family who lived at Plasnewydd who married into the Mackintosh family.  It explains the derivation of many of the road names in the area. 

Plas Newydd

Plas Newydd, nowadays called the Macintosh Institute, one of the oldest buildings in Roath.

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.