Cardiff street scenes
Some snapshots from a walk around my home town.
(Words/photos © urban75, Jan/March 2007)
More pictures taken around Cardiff city centre.
Jewellers, St Mary Street.
St John's Church, St. John Square. The church dates back to 1180, with the perpendicular tower (boasting a peal of ten bells) being added on the 15th Century.
St John's Church - in June 2005 the Vicar Keith Kimber installed a wireless broadband hotspot for worshippers giving the congregation access to a quiet BT Openzone corner where they can send or receive e-mails or surf the Internet.
Entrance to St John's Church.
Owain Glyndwr pub, St Johns Square. One of the oldest pubs in Cardiff, the bar was known for years as The Buccaneer and used to be quite a lively number too.
Seagull over Duke Street Arcade.
Queen Street station.
I found this engraved - and quite probably fairly ancient - tribute to the joys of the mighty Status Quo high up on Craig Llanishen.
A rather understated expression of hate, written in what looks like Tippex, Caerphilly Road.
Statue of Aneurin Bevan, the son of a Tredegar miner, and the man credited with creating the National Health Service. Bevan died in 1960, but is remembered as one of the political greats - so much so that he won a 2004 online poll to name the greatest Welsh Hero of all time.
The Victorian elegance of the 136-room Thistle Hotel, Queen St.
End of the line, Coryton Halt.
See: History of the Cardiff Railway and the Coryton Branch Line
Looking north up St Mary Street on the way to Cardiff Central station (old Cardiffians will still know it as 'Cardiff General' - the name changed in 1973).
Cardiff Central station. For years, the 'Great Western Railway' stonework was covered up with a cheap bit of boarding declaring the station's new owners.
Opened by the South Wales Railway in 1850, it was taken over by the Great Western Railway who rebuilt it in 1932. Thankfully, these unusual tiled platform signs have survived recently modernisation.
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