Roath Local History Society

Our March 2021 Newsletter has now been uploaded onto the website.

Our lecture programme is now delivered via Zoom.  Why not consider becoming a member and join us for our online presentations  (our members also receive the Newsletter a month before it is published on our website). It would be great to see you.

2021 Apr - Early Sport in Cardiff - Dr Andrew Hignell


Our latest blog takes a look at a series twelve short films put together by the A48 Theatre Company and the writers Living Lines. Each film depicts the life of someone of notoriety buried at Cathays Cemetery often from an angle you hadn’t considered previously. The films are on the A48 Theatre Company YouTube channel and well worth a watch.  Quite a few of the people that feature in the stories have Roath connections.

Stories from Cathays Cemetery


‘Street of the Day’ – a lockdown project looking at the streets in the area, their history and where their names originate.  Follow the series on Twitter @RoathHistory  or take a look at the Roads of Roath page our website.

Bronwydd Avenue 

Dates from around 1930.  Bronwydd meaning wooded hillside in Welsh. It is named after the mansion Bronwydd that once stood between the present A48 Easter Avenue and Yew Tree Court.  The mansion was built in 1866, and later lived in by Sir Alfred Thomas, Lord Mayor, Liberal MP and Lord Pontypridd.  There are newspaper reports of Lloyd-George having stayed at Bronwydd with Alfred Thomas when he visited Cardiff.  Lord Pontypridd died unmarried at the age of 87 in 1927 and Bronwydd and most of his estate was bequeathed to the City of Cardiff.  Bronwydd was later owned by Captain J.J.Williams, a land agent to the 4th Marquess of Bute and later again by Prof W.E.Waters.  It was demolished around 1970 to make way for the construction of the Eastern Avenue.

bronwydd-avenue-penylan-cardiff-wales

Bronwydd Avenue. top rightt: Sir Alfred Thomas – Lord Pontybridd (pic Wikipedia) , lower right: Bronwydd (pic credit: Prof W.E.Waters)


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.