As part of Guardian Cardiff’s June photography challenge, I headed down to Broadway in search of interesting signs to capture and share. Broadway is a perhaps overlooked road, eclipsed by the Newport Road that runs around it at both ends. It was once called Green Lane, and was once home to BBC Cymru when they first started broadcasting in 1964. Today, it looks somewhat run-down and neglected, and that’s reflected in some of the signs that I saw during my walk. But everyone I passed was friendly and welcoming, and left me hoping that better times lie ahead for this area.

The Photos

End Of Splott

Sign at the eastern end of Broadway, Adamsdown.

Royal Oak, Adamsdown

They have another lamp outside with the words ‘Royal Oak’ backwards, but unfortunately the light wasn’t good enough to get a decent shot of it.

What Is Money?

Makes a change from the usual ‘earn lots of money working from home’ signs you see on lampposts.

Clairvoyance Evening at The Royal Oak

I was amazed at how this piece of paper had survived both wind and rain.

24 for 12.99

This is the boarded up window of a former Victoria’s Wine off-license. It seems logical that this window must have been boarded up when the off-license was still in business, otherwise there’d be no booze to advertise?

Open Monday at 1pm

With the World Cup on (at the time I first published this photo on Flickr), I’m sure plenty of folks wish they could have shuttered shop for a few days to watch the footie on TV.

Hostile Substances In Use

This was one of several such signs I came across, suggesting that there has been a problem in this area with people climbing over fences into private property.

Not So Ideal After All?

I guess this corner location didn’t turn out to be as ideal as the last tenant had hoped.

2 Men and this Van

Removals and deliveries for hire. And you should check out their shop too; looking through the window, it looked to me that they had some very useful furniture available, and a welcome antidote to the IKEA world of today.

Wife For Sale

This sign tickled me far too much; I just had to share it 🙂

Missing: One AWESOME Cat

No matter where you go, there always seems to be missing cat posters on lampposts and in shop windows. This one stood out for me though because the owner’s love of her cat just leapt out off the poster. Here’s hoping Josephine is reunited with her cat all safe and sound.

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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

Birchgrove Railway Station

From a distance, Birchgrove Railway Station seems to be doing its level best to hide beneath the nearby bridge.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Looking west along the Coryton Line tracks back towards Rhiwbina Railway Station and beyond ultimately to Coryton Railway Station.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Birchgrove Railway Station, looking east along the platform. Note that Birchgrove hasn’t yet been the recipient of a shiny new shelter.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Birchgrove Railway Station is nestled right up against the A469, which carries traffic between Cardiff and Caerphilly. This photo looks east along the tracks towards Ty Glas Railway Station.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Looking down from the A469 onto Birchgrove Railway Station platform.

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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

Birchgrove Railway Station

From a distance, Birchgrove Railway Station seems to be doing its level best to hide beneath the nearby bridge.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Looking west along the Coryton Line tracks back towards Rhiwbina Railway Station and beyond ultimately to Coryton Railway Station.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Birchgrove Railway Station, looking east along the platform. Note that Birchgrove hasn’t yet been the recipient of a shiny new shelter.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Birchgrove Railway Station is nestled right up against the A469, which carries traffic between Cardiff and Caerphilly. This photo looks east along the tracks towards Ty Glas Railway Station.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Looking down from the A469 onto Birchgrove Railway Station platform.

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Floyd Clothing Sale

Sale due to a basement fire, apparently, and not due to the disruption to the High Street by pedestrianisation work.

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Former Bank In Mount Stuart Square

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 those which isn’t is this building, No 1 Mount Stuart Square. Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to track down online what bank this originally was. If you happen to know, please leave a comment below!

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Trees In Bute Park

Although most visitors to Bute Park in Cardiff may only really notice the wide open spaces of the playing fields, or the gorsedd stones left by a previous eisteddfod, it is the trees where the beauty of Bute Park truly lies. As well as the arboretum (which contains some of the finest examples of trees in the UK), the playing fields are ringed with trees, casting their cool shade down onto anyone walking or cycling by who needs shelter from the sun.

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Taken as part of Guardian Cardiff’s June photography challenge.

Parking For Private Use Only

Sign found at the eastern end of Beulah Road, Rhiwbina, Cardiff.

Back and Neck Chiropractic Clinic

A simple but affective (if slightly vandalised) sign found at the eastern end of Beulah Road, Rhiwbina, Cardiff.

Sold

From the outside it looks like it needs a bit of work, but what a stunning-looking house someone’s gone and bought.

And The Speed Limit Is ...?

Can you work out which speed limit applies to that road, and which one doesn’t? 🙂

No Cycling Please

Sign spotted beside a very tempting-looking lane south of Beulah Road, Rhiwbina.

No Cycling, Please

A closer look at the no cycling sign. At this distance, we can see that somehow it has been dented.

Obscured Instructions

In leafy suburbs like Beulah Road, sometimes road traffic signs can get obscured. It doesn’t seem to cause any problems in practice, but it’s a shame that no-one seems to make sure that it doesn’t happen.

Muddy Bum Bikes

Is that one of the best names for a company, or what?

The Oldest Sign Of The Lot

This is the oldest sign that I could find on Beulah Road, on the side of Capel Beulah.

Fete of the Earth

Sign in a local shop window on Beulah Road, advertising a sustainable living event at Cardiff Central Library.

Gernant

This street sign is nestled comfortably into the very pretty hedgerow.

Church For Really Tall People

Spotted this sign trying its best to peek over a very tall hedge on Beulah Road, Rhiwbina, Cardiff.

Spray-Painted Sign

Found this vandalised sign on a sub-station just behind Beulah Road today. It’s been sprayed all sorts of funky colours, which makes it doubly interesting when converted to black and white 🙂

That No Cycling Sign Again

Clearly, there was something about the no cycling sign that really caught my eye during this walk up and down Beulah Road, Rhiwbina, Cardiff!

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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

Rhiwbina Railway Station

Taken from the footbridge over the Coryton Line at Rhiwbina Station, looking west towards Whitchurch Station. Note the CCTV camera perched high on the left in a commanding view along the platform – provided there isn’t a train there 🙂

Rhiwbina Railway Station

Looking east from the platform towards Birchgrove Railway Station, there isn’t much to be seen. There are local shops at the heart of Rhiwbina just off the bridge that you can see in the distance.

Rhiwbina Railway Station

There isn’t much more to be said about Rhiwbina Railway Station to be honest, except that I found it tidy and with a modern shelter for passengers enduring the long wait for a train.

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No 8: Borough

Modern use of an old building on St Mary’s Street, Cardiff.

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Merthyr Road: The Point

Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 10th, 2010 in Cardiff, Leisure, Modern, Photos, Shoot.

The Point

The Point was, for several years, a very popular live music venue at the southern end of Butetown in Cardiff. A converted church in Mount Stuart Square, the external structure still contains many of its original features dating back to 1900. Today, it stands empty, its future use to be decided.

I only went to one gig there myself, to see americana band Iron and Wine. The volume of the music inside was tremendous; impossible to say anything to anyone, and I found it very difficult indeed to enjoy the music as it was turning to mush at that level to my ears. I can’t say I’m surprised that it closed at least in part because of noise complaints, but I am sorry that it did so. There seems to be so few live music venues in Cardiff any more for budding musicians to learn the trade. No wonder the X-Factor auditions are so popular each year 🙁

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