Birchwood Grange

Birchwood Grange Penylan

Former home of Sir William James Thomas.  Now part of Cardiff University Cyncoed campus conference facilities.


Bronwydd (photo - Professor W. E. Waters, a previous owner of Bronwydd)

Bronwydd House in 1958 – (picture credit: Professor W. E. Waters, a previous owner of Bronwydd). One of the first villas to be built on Pen-y-lan hill. It was occupied in 1871 by Daniel Thomas, a successful public works engineer and contractor.  It subsequently passed to his son Sir Alfred Thomas M.P (later Lord Pontypridd).  It was demolished around 1970 to make way for the Easetern Avenue bypass.  The Pen-y-lan wishing well was within its grounds (see our May 2020 newsletter).

Cardiff Royal Infirmary

Cardiff Royal Infirmary is built on the site of the former Longcross Barracks. The barracks were demolished in 1880 and the Infirmary opened in 1883 at a cost of £23,000 and then called the Glamorgan and Monmouthshire Infirmary and Dispensary.  It was renamed Cardiff Infirmary in 1895 and King Edward VII Hospital in 1911 and from 1923 Cardiff Royal Infirmary. More pictures on our Cardiff Royal Infirmary page.


Cyncoed Water Tower

Cyncoed Water Tower Old and New

The red brick tower on Cyncoed Road is a Grade 2 listed building and was constructed in 1898. It’s original use was as a pumping station for the covered reservoir adjacent, now removed.  It has since been converted into an upmarket dwelling.  Views of the interior can be seen in in this  Architect’s description  and a later Wales Online article when the building went on the market in 2013.

Mansion House

Mansion House

Mansion House on Richmond Road

The mansion house was originally the home to James Howell, founder of the famous department store in the centre of Cardiff.  It was originally known as Grove House and was built in the mid 1890s.  The house was purchased by  Cardiff Corporation in 1912 and renamed the Mansion House.  The Mansion House website gives some good views of the interior.