Side Of The Millennium Centre

Good morning. I hope the morning chill isn’t detracting from the beautiful blue skies we’re lucky to have today. I hear the forecast for the week isn’t great, so make the most of today!

This week’s desktop theme revolves around a trip down to Cardiff Bay with an old friend from university last Monday. To get us started, here’s a different shot of the coal scuttle (as some of us locals call it), aka the Millennium Stadium. There’ll be more tomorrow.

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The Capital and Counties Bank, Est 1834

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 buildings that isn’t a landmark building is Crichton House, once the home of the Capital and Counties Bank. The Capital and Counties Bank used to have branches up and down the land, until it merged with Lloyds Bank in 1918. Today the building is mixed purpose, and is probably best known to being home to the Salvation Army’s Outreach Services in the area.

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Street Art, Pont y Werin

Earlier this year, a new footbridge called Pont y Werin was opened across the River Ely, connecting Penarth and Cardiff Bay and providing a circular walk / cycle path around the bay and the Cardiff Barrage. The banks of the Ely at this point are buried beneath modern apartment developments, and when you throw in the marina too, the area is a microcosm of how Cardiff has changed since the docks closed.

At the eastern end of the bridge is a striking art installation of two men and a young girl. They are simple silhouettes, best viewed from a distance, and they really catch the eye no matter which side of the bridge you are approaching from.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

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Golden Cross on Hayes Bridge Road

The Golden Cross is one of the most distinctive buildings in Cardiff City Centre, especially with the encroachment of the St Davids 2 shopping centre up to its very doorstep. Built in 1849, it is currently a grade 2 listed building. Long may it continue to inject a bit of style and colour in the face of the hodge-podge of modern architecture surrounding it.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

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Baltic 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 landmark buildings is Baltic House. Built in 1915, Baltic House faces the main entrance of the Coal Exchange. I’ve been unable to find much online about its history, but it is reasonable to assume that it had some connection to the coal trade through the Bute Docks of the day. Today, it appears to be a multi-tenant office block.

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Boar War Statue & City Hall Clock

This statue, at the southern end of Cardiff’s impressive Civic Centre, stands in memorial to those who gave their lives in the Boer War of 1899-1902. It is a grade 2 listed structure, and one of the most picturesque statues in the centre of Cardiff. In the background is the southern clock face of the clock tower of Cardiff’s beautiful City Hall.

This statue has also appeared previously on my blog:

Whatever You Do, Don't Blink

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Copyright (c) Stuart Herbert. Blog | Twitter | Facebook
Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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Balconies And Streetlights, Pont y Werin

Earlier this year, a new footbridge called Pont y Werin was opened across the River Ely, connecting Penarth and Cardiff Bay and providing a circular walk / cycle path around the bay and the Cardiff Barrage. The banks of the Ely at this point are buried beneath modern apartment developments, and when you throw in the marina too, the area is a microcosm of how Cardiff has changed since the docks closed.

This is a shot of the apartment balconies that overhang the path that runs along the eastern bank of the Ely. In the background you can see the bridge that connects the bay road to Penarth and Barry.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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John Lewis - Cardiff

The southern side of the new John Lewis store, which opened in Cardiff in 2009.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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The Historic Coal Exchange

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 its entrance still proudly projects the feeling of power and importance of the affairs that used to happen inside.

References

Copyright (c) Stuart Herbert. blog | twitter: (photography) (all) | facebook: (Merthyr Road project) (all).

If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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Lord Ninian Crichton-Stuart

Buried away in the trees in front of the National Museum of Wales is this statue of Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Ninian Crichton-Stuart. The second son of the 3rd Marquess of Bute, Crichton-Stuart served as a Member of Parliament for the United Boroughs of Cardiff, Cowbridge and Llantrisant. He was killed in action in 1915, commanding the 6th Battalion, the Welsh Regiment. Ninian Park, the former home of Cardiff City Football Club, was named after Lord Ninian.

This striking statue was made by Sir W. Goscombe John in 1917, and is set in Gorsedd Gardens. Unfortunately, the statue has his back to the main path through the gardens, making it difficult for casual passers-by to appreciate this fine piece of memorial work.

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Copyright (c) Stuart Herbert. blog | twitter: (photography) (all) | facebook: (Merthyr Road project) (all).

If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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