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From the archives: Cyncoed and Lisvane

There are some lovely places to live in Cardiff, and even the unlovelier places have their more salubrious corners.

The suburbs of Cyncoed and Lisvane, though, are remarkable in that it’s hard to think of anywhere here in this beautiful corner of South Wales that your average lottery millionaire wouldn’t love to live.

Replete with the trappings of sweet suburbia – the golf courses, the tennis clubs, the proximity to quality schools, the celebrated country pubs which echo to the rafters every night with the chatter of the well-heeled classes – Cyncoed and Lisvane are where the lawyers, the doctors and the business moguls choose to live.

Was it ever thus?

Certainly, legend has it that no less a personality than Oliver Cromwell lived at what is now the Griffin pub at around the time of the Battle of St Fagans in 1648.

While the likelihood is that elements of his Model Army stayed there, it’s still a good story that has passed into local Lisvane folklore.

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More modern conflicts have also left their mark on Lisvane, which is the home of a cold war nuclear bunker. Occupied for 10 days during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, it still exists but it was purchased by a mobile phone communications company which built a radio mast inside the fenced compound and sited some of their equipment in the underground facility.

Cyncoed – an old rural settlement – really came into its own after World War I when much of the farmland was sold off to developers seeking to build houses for the wealthy merchants who’d spend the days lighting their cigars with £5 notes at the Coal Exchange.

Today, the residents are less profligate with their money… those hot tubs don’t buy themselves, you know!

If you see yourself in these pictures or find memories sparked by our images of yesteryear, email martin.wells@walesonline. or write to Yesterday, South Wales Echo, Six Park Street, Cardiff CF10 1XR

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