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An additional event has been added to our Programme:

Branching Out

Branching Out Research Project: The project’s aim is to evaluate the social and cultural values of urban trees in York, Cardiff, and Milton Keynes.  The study is using storytelling and citizen science to bring new voices into the discourse around trees, and to co-produce knowledge for a sustainable future. 

Professional Storyteller, Pat Ryan, will be giving a performance for adults in Roath; drawing upon his extensive repertoire, and the Stories from the Past, anthology of tree-related folktales, legend and myths.    

Our latest blog post looks at the history of Roath Cattle Market: A market in Adamsdown – a century of livestock trading




Our Roath Local History Society September 2022 Newsletter includes the following articles:

  • All Aboard the SS Stanwell! – Ted Richards
  • History of Cardiff – Part Nine by Deanne Pickstone

Secrets of the Secret Bakery

Allen’s Bakery has recently closed after baking bread for 110 years.  We took a look at the history of the bakery in a recent blog: Secrets of the Secret Bakery.



SS Stanwell

We’ve been contacted by a historian working in Tarragona, Spain.  They are interested in any information on the Cardiff crew members of the Stanwell that was bombed in Tarragona harbour in 1938 during the Spanish Civil War.

  1. John L. Davies, (“Master”), (46 Claude-road (Cardiff).
  2. D. E. Jones, (“first mate”), (99 Monthermer-road, Cardiff).
  3. D. G. Owen (“second mate”), (Rumney, Cardiff).
  4. N. Harries (“third mate”), (4 Bangor-street, Roath Park, Cardiff).
  5. C. A. Glus (“ship’s cook”) (Bath-street, Cardiff).

If anyone has any information on these crew member’s we’d love to hear from you.  The ship’s master,  John Davies is believed to be the person in the white hat in the photo.  

Stanwell Crew

Captain John Davies - Stanwell

Our research to date has thrown up the following likely matches:

John Davies,  46 Claude Road – Master

John Davies, born in Newport, Pembrokeshire in 1881. He was husband of Georgina Maud Davies née Stephens, from Neyland, Pembrokeshire.  

 David Edward Jones, 99 Monthermer Road- First Mate

David Edward Jones,  born 1903 in Cardiff to David Edward Jones, a master mariner, originally from Llanon, Cardiganshire and Mary Jane Jones née Williams, originally from Dowlais, Glamorgan. When David was born the family were living at 220 Inverness Place.  He attended Roath Park School.   In the 1921 census that were living at 99 Monthermer Road and David was an apprentice in the Merchant Navy working for the Western Counties Shipping Company.

 David George Owen, 65 Wentloog Road, Rumney, Cardiff – Second Mate

I think this is David George Owen, born 19 Feb 1895 in Dinas Cross, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire.  David George Jones married Lily M Davies in Cardiff in 1924. In the 1939 Register Lily M Owen is living at 65 Wentloog Road, Rumney, Cardiff with, by the looks of it, two children.

Haldon Osborne Harries,  4 Bangor Street – Third Mate

Haldon Osborne Harries, born 1902 in Aberavon, son of James Osborne Harries (b.1876), a commercial traveller in the clothing trade, and his wife Emily Harries (b.1879). He died in Llanishen, Cardiff in 1987.

Clifford John Guias, 50 Halsbury Road, Cardiff – Cook

Clifford John Guias, born 1898 in Cardiff to Augustus Guias, a master mariner, who was born in Montreal, Canada and Emma Guias née Turpitt.  Clifford was baptised at St Mary’s, Cardiff. He went to school in Grangetown. Served in WWI with the Royal Army Medical Corps, 14th Field Ambulance. In 1942 he records his career as being Merchant Navy, Chief Steward.  


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.