Roath Local History Society

Our September Newsletter is available to view by clicking here.

The Newsletter contains articles on the hidden grotto at Insole Court and Memories of WWII in Cardiff.  There are also details of how to purchase a 2021 Roath calendar.

James Harvey Insole and his hidden grotto


It is with regret that we have taken the decision not to reconvene our lecture programme this coming autumn/winter due to the Coronavirus situation.

We will continue to monitor the situation with a view to possibly starting again in March 2021.

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


Recent additions to our website:

Our latest blog post is about John Vipond Davies – a Civil engineer who played rugby for Cardiff before going to USA and designing some important connections.Hudson and Manhatten Tunnel


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.