Shipping Federation Limited

Mount Stuart Square, a designated conservation area since 1980, is home to something like 60 listed buildings. Some of these listed buildings are considered landmark buildings; some are not.

The crown jewel of Mount Stuart Square is the Coal Exchange, where the world’s first 1 million pound business transaction was conducted. Today, it’s a multi-purpose building, and a walk around the outside of it reveals gems like this fading sign for the Shipping Federation Limited. I haven’t had a lot of luck tracking down information about this former office, but my best guess is that it was the Cardiff office of the Shipping Federation, an association of shipping owners formed in 1890 to oppose what was originally known as the National Amalgamated Sailors’ and Firemen’s Union, which became the National Union of Seamen before it was swallowed up by the RMT in 1990.

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Craig yr Aderyn (Bird Rock)

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Welcome back to a shorter working week. I hope you all had a great long weekend, and are looking forward to some more wallpaper choices.

This week, I want to continue sharing some of my favourite shots from last summer’s holiday up in North Wales, and I don’t know why, but I really fancy having my favourite castle shots as my wallpaper this week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

There’s no castle in sight in my first shot, but that’s typical of a Welsh castle. The North Wales coastline is a world heritage centre because it is ringed by the famous castles of King Edward in his attempts to subdue the Welsh. The joke goes that you can always tell an English castle by the fact that you can see it, and you can always tell a Welsh castle by the fact that you can’t spot it if you don’t know where to look!

Castell-y-Bere is hiding behind Craig yr Aderyn in this shot. Craig yr Aderyn (or Bird Rock in English) used to be on the coast, but is now several miles inland, making it the furthest place inland where cormorants nest (hence the name Bird Rock). Driving up to it, it looks like a sea cliff, even from the comfort of a car firmly on dry land! Craig yr Aderyn has been featured in The Dark Is Rising books, and in the 1980’s TV series Treasure Hunt (showing my age a bit there, perhaps!).

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The House Nestled In Nicely

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Today’s a public holiday here in the UK, and normally that means that I take the day off from picking a wallpaper to share with everyone … but there weren’t quite enough days in the week last week to fit in all of the landscape shots that I wanted to share with you from last year’s summer holiday in North Wales.

If there’s one shot from the whole holiday that I’d love to go back and do again, it’s this shot of this remote farm house nestling into the mountain behind. There in person, the mountain side beyond looked like green velvet … miles and miles of it, and I’m convinced that there’s an even better shot to be taken of this scene (maybe later in the day?)

I’ll be back tomorrow with a new theme to start the (nice and short!) working week.

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House And Dry Stone Walls

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To bring this week’s theme to a close, I’ve saved what I think is the best to last.

Possibly my single favourite shot from the whole holiday. When I stumbled upon this scene, I just couldn’t believe my luck. It looked more like a painting than reality, with the sun catching the clouds and the walls leading up to what I assume is a farm house.

I wonder if I could get Mrs H to paint this for my birthday? 😉

I hope you’ve enjoyed these shots from our holiday last year in North Wales as much as I’ve enjoyed looking at them as my desktop wallpaper this week. Now, Monday here in the UK is a public holiday, and normally I don’t post wallpaper on non-working days, but just for a change I’ve decided that there’s one more shot of the North Wales landscape that I’d like to share with you, so please come back on Monday to take a look!

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Earlier in 2010, I decided to spend a Sunday exploring the railway stations of the Coryton Line. This is the surviving section of the Bute’s Cardiff Railway, the last of the great railways built to bring coal down to the Cardiff docks. I’m sure I read somewhere that the Bute’s original intention was to run this railway along the route of the Glamorganshire Canal (which the Marquis had earlier bought), but that ultimately he wasn’t allowed to close the canal, and so had to come up with an alternative route for his railway.

Today, the Coryton Line is a single-track commuter run that swings east to west across the north of Cardiff. There are no services on a Sunday, making it the perfect day to explore these stations.

The Photos

Ty Glas Railway Station

Taken from the bridge that carries the A469 over the Coryton Line. Looking east towards Ty Glas Railway Station.

Ty Glas Railway Station

Looking west to Ty Glas Railway Station. Taken from the gate to the pedestrian crossing at the eastern end of the station.

Ty Glas Railway Station

Looking east along the Coryton Line. In the distance the track finally abandons its straight march across the north of Cardiff and starts to turn to the south, towards Heath Low Level Railway Station and beyond to Cardiff Queen Street.

Ty Glas Railway Station

Looking west, back towards Birchgrove Railway Station, which is immediately beyond the bridge in the distance.

Comms Tower Beside Ty Glas Station

This is the comms tower seen in the earlier shot to the immediate south of Ty Glas Railway Station.

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Why I Love North Wales

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Today’s choice of wallpaper is another shot from last year’s summer holiday in North Wales. As I’m writing this, I’m feeling doubly whistful; partly because I’m not yet able to go on walks like this, and partly because it makes me miss my childhood.

As a child growing up in South Yorkshire, my favourite family trips were always days out in the Peak District around Hathersage and Castleton, and after graduating I originally planned to move out into the Peak District within a few years. Life however never works out the way you hope, and with no work up North I was forced to move down to Southern England, where I’ve lived and worked ever since.

Walking in the hills and mountains of North Wales reminds me of the Peak District in a way that South Wales doesn’t. I don’t really know why; maybe it’s that South Wales never feels very remote, with Merthyr, Swansea and Cardiff never far away. I don’t know.

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The Goat Major

At the top-end of the High Street, where the pedestrianisation work has been completed recently.

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Style And Missing Gate

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This week’s wallpaper theme are shots from last summer’s holiday up in beautiful North Wales.

Seldom visited by tourists – who by and large prefer to stay down on the coast – the paths above Harlech and the Glaslyn Estuary offer fantastic views of Snowdonia to the north. The walking up here is not for casual walkers; you need the proper footwear, clothing, and maps to safely enjoy the countryside once you get away from the regular tourist haunts.

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Empire House

Mount Stuart Square, a designated conservation area since 1980, is home to something like 60 listed buildings. Some of these listed buildings are considered landmark buildings; some are not.

One of the ones which is listed is Empire House, designed by Percy Thomas. It was originally built for Evans & Reid Coal Company, one of the exporters who exported coal out through Cardiff Docks. It was built in 1926.

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Dry Stone Wall

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My choice of wallpaper today is another shot from last year’s summer holiday. The lands above Harlech are criss-crossed by walls like this one, snaking off into the distance, dividing up a landscape that most tourists never get to see.

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