Roath Park roads

Mackintosh Place

In 1880 Harriet Richards, whose family owned Plasnewydd (now the Mackintosh Sports and Social club) and a lot of surrounding  land, married Alfred Mackintosh, chief of the Mackintosh clan, who had even more land in Scotland.  When the land was sold for development many streets were named after them.  Street dates from 1884. Mackintosh Gospel Hall, now called Mackintosh Evangelical church was opened in 1897.

Ninian Road

Named after Ninian Crichton-Stuart, who became MP for Cardiff and was killed in WWI at the Battle of Loos. He was son of the Marquess of Bute. The houses date from 1899. An old tram and trolley bus route with the terminus at the west end. Ninian Road is also home of the Victorian Pillar box being enveloped by a tree and the recently renovated Roath Park House House which was home of William Pettigrew, Cardiff’s Head Gardener. There is also a sad story of Harriett Fleming who used to live at number 3. Number 81 was home of William McKenzie the Chief Constable.

Pen-y-wain Road

Pen-y-wain probably means head or end of the meadow/moor/marsh (waun). It is named after the farm that covered the whole area, the homestead being just on Shirley Road. Home of Roath Park Congregational Church (now Tabernacle church) built in 1898 and Roath Park Primary School built in 1894. The houses date from 1897.

Pen-y-wain Road, Roath Park, Cardiff

Shirley Road

The houses date from around 1905. Not named after Dame Shirley Bassey which would have been nice, but after Lewis Vincent Shirley, the solicitor for both the Marquess of Bute and the Mackintosh estate. He died at Plasnewydd (now Mackintosh club) and left £74,000 in his will which is around £10 million in today’s money.  An ardent conservative who got into a public spat with John Batchelor (the man with a statue in the Hayes).  There has been a florist shop on the corner for many years as can be seen by the old 1957 advertisement.