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The A-Z of Whitchurch, Llandaff and Llandaff North

Whitchurch, Llandaff and Llandaff North are places that are steeped in both history and folklore. This is an A-Z of the people and places that make our villages unique and special

A470

Not the most inspiring of starts, granted. That major long-distance trunk road that some of us spend months on trying to get to and from work is over 180 miles long, yet most of its users seem to sit between Coryton and the city centre, looking at each other.

BBC Cymru

Alas, make the most of it because the studios will soon be gone to make way for a housing development that will see our friends at the BBC heading to the bustle of the city centre.

Cow and Snuffers

Now a small block of flats, this former pub opened in 1812, when Llandaff was a village distinct from the city of Cardiff. Its name is thought to derive from the Irish ancestry of the man who built it, Sir Robert Lynche-Blosse, and the Irish phrase 'An cu Ar Sndmh', which means 'The Swimming Dog'. Benjamin Disraeli reportedly drank there before becoming Prime Minister.

Daleks

Believe it or not, the infamous Daleks can stake a claim in Llandaff, having been created by Llandaff-born Dr Who writer Terry Nation. Starting out as a comedy writer, Nation rose to fame after being hired to write for the popular sci-fi series in the early 1960s. Nation was also the creator of two series for the BBC - Survivors and Blake's 7.

Eglwys Newydd

Which translates into Welsh as New Church. But Whitchurch probably got its name from a 12th-century chapel – or 'white church', which was built where Old Church Road now stands.

Francis Lewis

Legend has it that this chap, who was born in Llandaff, signed the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New York. However, historians can't be too sure whether he was actually born in Llandaff because he may have been born in the diocese of Llandaff, which is a rather larger than the village itself.

Gareth Bale

Arguably Whitchurch's finest export of recent times. The local lad has made his name and talents known globally, but he has never forgotten where he has come from.

Hailey Park

The name Claude Hailey might not ring any bells with you. He won the South Wales Tennis Championship three times. Golf, cross country running and billiards also appealed, so it was obvious that fresh air and recreation were considered vitally important to this office-bound administrator. Oh - and he was also the chap who kindly donated the land that we now use as Hailey Park.

Insole Court

Once a very posh mansion, and then almost an abandoned ruin. Happily, Insole Court is now in good hands and looking better by the day.

Jacob Epstein

Born in the United States, he moved to Europe in 1902, becoming a British citizen in 1911. His greatest legacy to Llandaff is his sculpture Christ in Majesty at Llandaff Cathedral.

K2

Celebrating 20 years on Llandaff High Street, K2 has become synonymous with the village. Even its owners, Kevin and Kim begin with the letter K.

Lidl

Llandaff North will see a new supermarket opening this spring. The James and Jenkins garages have made way for the new Lidl. Will it bring more people to the village or will it put pressure on small businesses? Only time will tell.

Melingriffith

Once a throbbing hub of industrial activity. 100 years later, it was all gone apart from a derelict wooden water pump. The water pump is now a scheduled monument and has been restored twice since it ceased operation in the 1940s.

Northern Avenue

See A470.

Owain Doull

“I used to play quite a lot of sports in Whitchurch and Llandaff as I was growing up, but I always knew I would ride my bike," Owain Doull told Living Magazines last year. He'd just won Olympic Gold in the Team Pursuit in Rio alongside his teammates Sir Bradley Wiggins, Steven Burke and Ed Clancy.

Pritch

“The only thing school gave me was a second floor window to jump out of." Matthew Pritchard, professional skateboarder and former star of MTV’s Dirty Sanchez recalls his youth in school in Llandaff North. He's more mellow these days, carrying out gruelling endurance challenges in the name of charity.

Queues

See A470.

Roald Dahl

The world's greatest story-teller. Brought up right here in Llandaff. Honestly, what more could the village give to the world?

St Mary's Church

Sometimes considered the centre of Whitchurch, this parish church is not so old as it looks. St Mary’s was built in 1884 but there has been a church on or near the site since the 14th century.

Taff Trail

The popular Cardiff path where cyclists berate walkers and walkers berate cyclists. Still, it's better than being sat in traffic (see A470).

UWIC

University of Wales Institute Cardiff as it used to be known, started life in 1954 when it was opened as Llandaff Technical College on Western Avenue. The Llandaff campus is joined by the Cyncoed campus to form the retitled Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Violet Place

An unassuming residential street these days but a scene of carnage in January 1941 when it took a direct hit from German bombers. Several people were killed outright.

Whitchurch Common

With a history that dates back to ancient times, Whitchurch Common  was more recently the final place where some American GIs took up camp before heading to the beaches in Normandy on D-Day. The trees that you see lining the road were planted by them as thanks to the people of Whitchurch for their hospitality. 

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Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf

Of the three Welsh-medium secondary schools serving Cardiff, it was the first to be established. Glantaf has schooled many famous names such as Ioan Gruffudd, Iwan Rheon and Matthew Rhys. 

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