Steve Sanders - Charles Oswald Williams and the Golden Age of Magic


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

  • An introduction to the History of Barry – Gareth Brown
  • Pictures from our Society’s visit to Barry – Elizabeth Morgan

The Cardiffian

It was good to meet up with trainee journalist Angus Tiffin a few weeks ago and provide him with his first ever interview and opportunity to use his newly learnt shorthand in anger. Angus has written up a nice piece about our Roath Virtual War Memorial.  He’s a bright young man and we wish him all the best in his career.


Our latest blog post looks at the Peacock family from Sapphire Street, Roath.  Ethel Peacock went on to be a nurse and won an MBE in WWII for bravery when she helped deliver a baby in a bombing raid in London. 




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.