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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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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John Lewis - Cardiff

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

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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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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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Diverted Traffic Fire Escape

The work to partially pedestrianise St Mary’s Street in the centre of Cardiff has led to some amusingly placed “diverted traffic” signs in the area. This one is my absolute favourite, as it appears to be directing traffic into the fire escape of one of the city centre pubs.

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Millennium Stadium Supports

Most people walking to the bus station or to Cardiff Central railway station pass along Wood Street, but if you cut down onto Park Street instead (which runs parallel to Wood Street), you can be treated to this striking contrast of the support structures of the world-famous Millennium Stadium with these office block windows behind.

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Aberdare 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.

Aberdare House isn’t one of the landmark buildings, but when I recently wandered around the square with my camera, the carvings above the door really caught my eye. Sadly, I’ve been unable to learn much about its original history to date; if you know more about the building, please leave a comment below.

What I did find was that, 1933, it was the registered office of Bwllfa & Cwmaman Ddu Collieries Ltd, a company which operated nine coal mines in the Aberdare area, outputting one million tonnes of coal a year. By 1937, the company had changed its name to just Bwllfa & Cwmaman Collieries Ltd, and had moved its registered office to London. Both companies were run by Sir David Richard Llewellyn, a leading member of the coal mining industry in South Wales who was made a Baronet in 1922.

Today, Aberdare House is used by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and first round auditions for all of their 2010 acting programme will be held here. There also appears to be residential premises upstairs too; I found a mention of the sale of a flat back in 2007.

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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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Melingriffith Water Pump Is Being Restored

In March 2010, the Melingriffith Water Pump was carefully removed from its site and taken up to Penybryn Engineering for some much-needed restoration work. It was last restored in the 1980’s by the Oxford House Historical Society, but sadly the wood used at the time has not weathered well and is need of replacement. At the time of writing, the Friends of Melingriffith website has no update on when the restoration will be complete (it may be done by the time you read this blog post!)

Here’s a shot from my 2007 blog article about the Melingriffith Tin Works, showing the wheel in situ:

The Melingriffith Water Pump

I can’t wait to see it restored and returned to its original site once more, and will potter on over with the camera once it has been.

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