Roath Local History Society

Our July 2021 Newsletter has now been uploaded onto the website. It contains articles on ‘Romances at Ely Court’ (Insole Court) and The ‘Old Convent, formerly Stanley House and Our Lady’s Convent’ in The Walk, Tredegarville.  

Our Lady's Convent, the Walk, Tredegarville, Cardiff

The Old Convent, The Walk, Tredegarville

Our latest blog looks at the life of William Curtis Brangwyn, architect, who was father of the artist Sir Frank Brangwyn. The angels above the door at St James the Great on Newport Road may well have been designed by William Brangwyn.  He came to live in Cathays in his later career and boarded in Crwys Road then Salisbury Road when he worked for the architect Bruce Vaughan.  William’s grave at Cathays Cemetery has an unusual design – his middle name Curtis is split between two lines without even a hyphen.  



The Atwill family lived in the Drill Hall before moving to Richmond Crescent.  Sergeant-Major Thomas Atwill was given special dispensation to continue wearing his uniform after retirement. Three of his sons, Thomas, Percy and Leslie,  that served in WWI were killed, two of them whilst serving with the Australian forces.  Their history is recorded on our Roath Virtual War Memorial.

Atwill Brothers


Jeff Childs - Roath Local History SocietyCongratulations to our former Chairman Jeff Childs who has been awarded a 2021 BALH Award for Personal Achievement in Local History.  Jeff has contributed enormously to our Society over the years including authoring two books on Roath History.  See his virtual presentation 6.30 mins into the Local History Awards video.   


This image of Roath Park Lake has recently been added to our Parks page.  The year it was painted is unknown. 


Roath Park Lake - an early painting

An early painting of Roath Park Lake with just a few of the houses on Lake Road East completed. Probably painted from near where the boathouse now is. I rather like the little duck house.

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.