Category Archives: History

Steam trains, Woodbines and Mr Gordon

Celfyn Lewis reflects on a long-forgotten era in Whitchurch and Llandaff North – a time [...]

Insole Court: The fall and rise of a Llandaff landmark

For generations, the house and gardens at Insole Court have been a much-loved community resource. [...]

All Aboard! Cardiff’s Trolleybuses

The Cardiff trolleybus service opened on March 1st 1942. Keith Walker charts the rise and [...]

St Nazaire: The greatest raid of them all

Llandaff’s Bill Pritchard was one of 622 men who took part in an extraordinary raid [...]

Rhiwbina Garden Village: A History

The Garden Village movement began in the 1890s in response to the industrial revolution’s side-effects [...]

Il Gigante Buono: The story of John

As the Wales journey ends at the semi-finals of the 2016 Euros, we chart the [...]

Music, scooters, and pyjama parties: Llandaff Youth Club in the 60s

I was on a recent visit to Llandaff when I came across the building works [...]

Falling in with the 21st

Peter Davies remembers his days at 21st Cardiff Company of the Boys’ Brigade, based at Ararat [...]

The Roald Dahl Trail

Roald Dahl spent his early childhood in Llandaff and Radyr. The Llandaff Society and the [...]

Roald Dahl 100

Arguably Llandaff’s greatest son, Roald Dahl is still considered the world’s best story-teller. One hundred [...]

Schooling in North Cardiff: A brief history

Until fairly recent times, schooling in North Cardiff was a function of the church, working [...]

Did Benjamin Disraeli really stay at the Cow and Snuffers?

He’s the Prime Minister who initiated a wide range of legislation to improve educational opportunities [...]

From Cardiff to Costa Blanca and back

Whitchurch’s Peter Williams set up his own weekly Cardiff newspaper in 1968, sold it, and [...]

Rookwood Hospital: The history of a local landmark

Rookwood Hospital looks set to close in the near future. The hospital has been taking [...]