The Garden by the Sea


Our July 2022 Newsletter includes the following articles:

  • History of Cardiff – Part Seven by Deanne Pickstone

Ever received one of those invitations where you wish you had a good excuse handy to say no? I challenge you all to beat this for an excuse:- In 1907 Lieutenant Geoffrey Biggs was unable to attend his brother’s wedding in consequence of him being in command of the famous submarine A1 which was acting as escort for the German Emperor.

Wedding excuse

He grew up in Oldwell on Pen-y-lan Road.  Our latest blog post looks at his life.

1916 Dec 16th Illustrated London News

Our previous post looked at the life of champion boxer Jack Petersen. Jack was born John Charles Peterson at 52 Monthermer Road, Cathays and had a Norwegian and Irish background. After becoming British heavyweight champion he lived in Tydraw Road.  


Roath 200 years ago

1830s map showing Roath in the centre.  Few buildings apart from around St Margaret’s parish church.  Roath Lodge became the Mackintosh.  Some other names are familiar: Splot, Adams Down, Pengam, Pen-y-lan, Ty Draw, Ty Gwyn, Pen-y-wain, Ty’n-y-coed.

Roath in the 1830s

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.