Pontypridd Signal Box

The disused railway signal box at Pontypridd is a Grade II listed building, and was once part of Pontypridd Junction. It played a part in the Hopkinstown Railway Disaster of 1911 (see also Wikipedia), when a stationary northbound coal train failed to comply with Rule 55 and ended up in collision with a southbound passenger train. Eleven people lost their lives.

Today, the signal box stands abandoned, unused. I’ve been unable to find any online reference for when the signal box closed. If you know, please leave a comment below.

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Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Ltd

Amazingly, the Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Ltd still exists today, and is still a mutual society offering insurance policies. They still have an office in Cardiff, out at the Cardiff Gate business park by Junction 30 of the M4.

Seen on St Mary’s Street, Cardiff.

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The Old Town Hall Remembered

The plaque reads: ” The New Town Hall was erected by public subscription to the design of Horace Jones, architect to the Corporation of the City of London. The Builder was W.P. James. The foundation stone was laid by Mr Walter Coffin in 1849. Remains of old walls, large buildings & a circular well stairway were unearthed as the foundations were dug out. Described in 1853 as a very handsome building, the New Town Hall included the assizes and county courts, the Post Office, police station and fire brigade & remained the administrative centre of the borough until the opening of the City Hall in Cathays Park in 1905.”

I’d love to know what was on this site before the New Town Hall.

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Aneurin Bevin Statue

Statue on Queen Street, Cardiff, of the founder of the National Health Service.

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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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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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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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Rusting Gates Of Melingriffith School

A few years ago, Mrs H and I joined a large crowd on one of the local history walks organised by the Friends of Forest Farm. The walk ended just beyond the Cardiff High School Old Boy’s rugby ground, where the Taff Trail emerges by the Melingriffith Water Pump, and the reason this stuck in my mind was because of this set of rusting gates lying just inside the Old Boy’s rugby ground’s car park.

Our very knowledgeable guide pointed them out to us (how many times had I walked or cycled past them without noticing them?!?) and told us a bit about them, but unfortunately I can’t remember any of the details, and have had no luck in learning more via online searches. If you can add to the history of these gates before they rust away completely, please leave a comment below!

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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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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.

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