Roath Local History Society

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Clive Sullivan was the first black person to captain a British sporting team when he captained the Great Britain Rugby League team in 1972.  He was born in Wimborne Street, Splott. Read more him in our latest blog by clicking here.


It is with regret we must announce that the remainder of our 2019/2020 lecture programme will be suspended until further notice.

Given the prevailing situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak, we feel it would be irresponsible to continue to assemble our members at this time.

The remaining lectures will be rescheduled at an appropriate time.

We will continue to monitor the situation and remain hopeful that the Summer visit programme, not yet announced, will be able to go ahead.

Please accept our apologies but feel that the potentially rapidly changing nature of the situation demands early and decisive action.

Sometimes it is good to be around at times of great historical significance such as man landing on the moon, at other times less so.

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

Food rationing queues outside Home and Colonial Stores No13 in 1914

Corner of Inverness Place and Albany Road. Food rationing queues outside Home and Colonial Stores No13 Albany Road in 1914. No13 currently occupied by Tesco.  The only difference is they didn’t have to stand 2 meters apart.



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.