As a counterpoint to the thread on what buildings you'd like to have demolished - what buildings, or things would you rather hadn't been demolished?
St Mary's church (fell into ruin in 1700 ish)
Would be nice if one of the old friary's was still intact.
there were supposedly some grand old houses demolished around penylan/plasnewydd when the A48 was constructed.
Or something more recent?
I'm too young to remember it (of course) but it's an absolute tragedy the Capitol Theatre has gone.
The hoardings surrounding the demolished terminus building are actually being taken down today. Possibly they are going to leave it hope until after the Olympics.
Greyfriars is a classic. Didn't they find some ancient Welsh chieftains remains there when they pulled it down?
Guildford Crescent Baths (where the IBIS hotel now is). It may be my memory playing tricks but I'm sure there was a mens pool, a ladies pool and a mixed pool. Used to love going there.
Karl, Your memory isn't playing tricks and there were 3 pools on that site + a Turkish baths. How they squeezed it all in I cannot figure it out. Hard to believe that along with the Empire Pool it was the only public indoor pools for the city for a long time.
I can quite believe it. I vaguely recall an open air pool in Splott Park, one in Llandaff Fields and one on Rumney Rec. My mother wouldn't let me go to Empire because it was too big and she was worried I'd jump off the top board so I always went to Guildford. They had the changing rooms arranged around the side of the swimming pool as I recall.
I'm not sure but I think the first of the 'modern' indoor pools may have been Splott which was built sometime in the mid to late 70's. It was revolutionary in the sense that the deep 'end' was in the middle !
On the subject of swimming pools and moving further away from the thread topic!... I've read that the lido in Ynysangharad Park in Ponty is to be renovated and re-opened in the next few years.
The stories of both Llywelyn Bren and Ifor Bach should be better known in Cardiff. I'm surprised they're not taught more in Cardiff's Primary Schools. Kids would love them.
I'm avoiding naming obvious buildings like the Capitol, Greyfriars & the Empire Pool. Instead I'm beginning with a couple of city centre Chapels - the original Ebenezer in Paradise Place & Wood Street Congregationalist Church.Pics...
Both the above survived into the 1970s and were wiped out by the Saint David's Centre and the horrible Southgate House respectively.
The Victorian Cricket Pavilion at Cardiff Arms Park.
Plus all of these but especially Guildford Crecsent Baths.
Guildford Crescent Baths, now that is a memory, the happiest month in my school career. Every afternoon for a month a bus ride to the baths learning to swim and gaining a gawdy pink certificate. Anyone else learn to swim there and belly flopping off the board?
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