April 2023 Roath Local History Society meeting advertisment


Our March Newsletter contains the following articles:

“For God Sake Shoot, Put Me Out Of My Misery”: The Sad Story Of Edwin Dyett Of Albany Road  – Graeme Brown

Edwin Dyett and headstone

In Search of Samuel Burt – An Unlikely Coincidence  – Ted Richards and Jenni Phillips

The Anatomy Of An Edwardian Street: Roath Court Road Origins And First Occupiers – Jon Roberts

Sir George Lewis – Where Is He? – Ted Richards


Street Art

Shand House, Newport Road - photographed March 2023

Shand House, Newport Road – photographed March 2023

Our area has has hardly any statues or sculptures but has had a fair bit of Street Art.  A new page on our website looks at some of the Street Art, past and present


Our latest blog post looks at Herbert Ivan Babbage who died at Howard Garden’s School in 1916 when it was being used as a Military Hospital in WWI. 

Ivan was the great-grandson of Charles Babbage, ‘father of the modern computer’.   Ivan was also an accomplished artist who had trained at the London School of Art and later at the Académie Julian in Paris, France.  In WWI he served in the Royal Defence Corps.

Herbert Ivan Babbage picture and headstone



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.