A recent video on another thread got me thinking about buildings we've lost and times gone by! there's so many old photos/videos out there and I hope you'll join me in sharing some here.
I'll get the ball rolling with some canals..
OK so this thread isn't just canals - oh no! it's the good, the bad and the ugly of Cardiff's yesteryear! (all yesteryear photos are welcome from the Romans upto the loss of Ninian Park R.I.P.) please help me make it a must for anyone interested in the evolution of our fine city..
I've never worked out how to post pictures here. Is there an idiot's guide somewhere?
An atmospheric photo of the Glamorganshire Canal where it joined the docks.
Do any of the canals still run under the streets? Not going to happen but it would be amazing to have some canals through town again.
A map from a Baedeker guide but that famous German efficiency failed them with the New Theatre, it is the wrong side of the Feeder. Nice map all the same.
I will try to remember to scan a few of the pictures I have.
In the city only one bit of canal infrastructure remains, I believe, a underpass near to Cardiff Castle that allows pedestrians to go under North Road by the old Bank of Wales/WDA offices is part of the canal.
This is the bottom stretch of the Glamorganshire Canal the last section of the canal to close, in December 1951. This photo was taken on 10 May 1921. The canal in the photo is now canal park between Dumballs road and butetown. I had to look long and hard to even recognise the area!
to help you further: at the bottom right is Windsor Esplanade; top left is Loudoun Sq and the bridge midway is James St.
In 1952 Paul could have got a bed made in Grangetown!
The old Ebeneser chapel in Paradise Place. Look hard enough in the original part of the Saint David's Centre and you'll find a plaque marking the spot.
The former circus building in Wood Street in 1907 - in use as the 3,000 seat Wood Street Congregationalist Church. They were a godly lot in Temperance Town! The clue's in the name, I suppose!
Hooray! I can post pictures!
The old Arms Park had a strange brutal grace and beauty, scan of a old postcard.
Most of the buildings are still present it is the street scene that is so different.
Think this was demolished when the new City Hall was built. Notice the ball on the roof marking the state of the tide.
The old newspaper offices in St Mary street, don't think this building still exists.
Paddle steamers were amazing and would still be a draw for tourists
Even to Penarth!
Amazing what was made locally back at the end of WWII
1952 aerial view of the new Churchill Way that covered the Feeder.
1952 and no Glass Needle, who would have guessed?
Thanks for the instruction Paul.
We even had our own local flour - "Kardov"!
Some great Photos! Just what I was hoping for. Nice to see maybe my instructions got you up n running ash, Hopefully no stopping you now!
Buildings displaced by the magnificent Capitol Centre.
The Cory Hall, YMCA and the Caricature Puppet Theatre
The Capitol Cinema & New Continental Resteraunt
And just opposite, Queen Street station being demolished in 1973
The platforms at Queen Street station looking towards Cardiff General (Central)
I came across these the other day and find them fascinating. They're the orginal plans for the National Museum. I'm wondering at what stage the decided to ditch the tower in favour of the dome we see today?
For comparison purposes here it is, as built.
This is a bloody brilliant thread btw.
Cheers Rhodri - I think it's got great potential. Thanks to all contributors thus far and hats off to Ash - I can't even find planning apps on that pesky cardiff council website for developments that are current - and he comes up with those plans from the year dot!!
Some lost Cinemas starting with the Avenue in Ely.
It's twin in the east - the County in Rhumney
The first purpose built cinema in Wales - the Globe in Wellfield Road
The Electric in Queen Street - closed as early as 1921
The Plaza, Gabalfa 1928-1981
The only known picture of the Rialto in Whitchurch
The Tivoli / Llandaff Cinema, Llandaff North - now a Vauxhall garage.
What is now the Cardiff Fashion Quarter was in 1923 the BBC's first home in Wales. Before that it was the Castle cinema.
The avenue is beautifully Art Deco. What were they thinking of
Is it still there ash? If so where is it?
These are great Ash - many thanks
Here's a photo of the Queen's Cinema in the city centre ...
A few more cinemas starting with the Central on the Hayes
The Coronet on Cathays Terrace
The Coliseum - the site now occupied by Castle Bingo on Cowbridge Rd. East
The original single story Gaiety on City Rd. Still standing... just!
The King's / Grand / Palace / Hippodrome - now the Gatekeeper pub on Westgate Street
The end of the line for Rhiwbina's Monico.
Is the gaity now spin city/bowling? The coronet is also another gem
I wouldnt say the Gaiety is now spin city, as spin city is itself from the 'good old days', but yes the two are the same building in redeveloped form.
Some internal pics here:
Some local ales...
The old Sophia Gardens Pavilion
Who would've thought that a heavy snowfall would see the death of that venue! I saw Peter Gabriel their - a long long time ago!
The Pageant of Wales (1909)
Starring the Marchioness of Bute as "Dame Wales"!
Cardiff Arms Park down the years.
The original hotel
The Cricket field and pavilion
The first Rugby ground grandstand
The old south stand and east enclosure
The Commonwealth Games (1958)
The 'new' Cardiff Arms Park
Michael Jackson concert at the National Stadium (1992)
The ever-changing faces of Bridge Street and Mill Lane.
There had been a lot of old photos on Wales online recently over the quiet Easter period. I thought this was worth sharing as it builds upon the cinema shots above:
A video of 1970s Cardiff
Here's another one.
Mill Lane market. Trolly buses, swimming in Roath Park lake
Cardiff in 1968 and now -
What a shocking loss the fire station in Westgate St was. Also a shame that the similar style building across the road (where the ramp up to the Milstad is now) had to go. I'm sure it was this building that housed the DHSS and not Jacksons as the Echo states.
On a side note the building of the Milstad had quite a profound effect on the architecture around that area. As well as the building mentioned above the Empire Pool and the TA building were also demolished. Both were striking buildings and good examples of their kind. Also I would imagine that the former national stadium - if it had survived - would now be feted as one of the best British examples of brutalism. Despite the masses of concrete it had a certain grace.
Agree about both buildings in Westgate St .
The Milstad was a spectacular own goal as it entirely buggered up Westgate Street , one of the few streets in Cardiff which had a real urban feel of some quality. The area round the stadium is an absolute disgrace, and it's depressing that it just seems to be accepted , presumably because it's round a rugby stadium. Would everyone be so relaxed about the brutal squalor of the area if Milstad was , say, a concrete factory or a Tory HQ?
Not sure I agree about the Empire Pool..... it was Nuremburg not brutalist , and a decidedly bargain- basement example at that.
Sorry...misread your post.
Not sure about the old stadium though, as it happens...look at the bits left; they don't exactly lift the spirits... or interest one too much . I don't think it can really be described as brutalist...it was just a stadium made out of concrete, which is rather different.
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