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These cinema tell a story of Cardiff’s Roath Park and a story behind the iconic features

The story of a Cardiff park that non-stop in 1894. as explained by internal historian and former librarian Anne Bell.


Loved by many people who visit a parks of Cardiff, Roath Park has a abounding story of attractions via a existence.

It strictly non-stop in 1894 and given afterwards has had a special place in a hearts of a people vital in a collateral city.

Local historian and former librarian Anne Bell gave a special speak to a Friends of Roath Park final week in that she went by a story of a park.

She has pleasantly oral to Wales Online about a story of a park from a opening to a benefaction day.


The Roath Park Lake bandstand graphic c.1910

Anne said: “The legislature was looking for somewhere to yield distraction for a people of Cardiff . The city was flourishing and there had been an active Parliament revelation internal authorities to yield parks and distraction for a people of a town.


“They started looking for a site for a open park for Cardiff. They primarily approached Lord Tredegar for a site nearby to St Margaret’s Church and afterwards they motionless on a park where Roath Park now stands.

A integrate during Roath Park Lake, Cardiff, in a 1890s

“They approached a Marquis of Bute to benefaction a land that he concluded to do. He was a infancy landowner in a area as good as Lord Tredegar and a Lewis family.

“The land was donated and construction started in 1887. The legislature afterwards employed several contractors to lift out a work. They started a Recreation belligerent finish and a Pleasure Garden.

The Roath Park Lake bandstand graphic c.1910

“The second construction was a Botanic Gardens. There was a bit of shoal area where a land was shaped so they had to build a dam that became a Promenade.

That was finished in 1893 and a lake was shaped in Dec 1893. The Botanic Garden was laid out during a same time. The park strictly non-stop in Jun 1894.”


Strolling along Roath Park Lake in 1910

Anne said: “The Wild Garden were combined after and it was motionless this would be especially natural.

“It wasn’t to be too cultivated and not to have outlandish plants. That was finished in 1896.”

A 1909 postcard of a perspective of a Bandstand in Roath Park

Anne said: “A lot of facilities came along after such as a Bandstand in 1903.

“Before this there were a lot of renouned entertainments and a rope used to perform on a dance and people would sinecure boats on a lake to suffer it.


An early design of Roath Park lake

“They were so renouned a park attendant endorsed a Bandstand and it was assembled only next a promenade. That remained until a 1940s.


“As renouned as it was, it was superseded by a vast unison pavilion, that was built in 1921. Hundreds of people attended these entertainments.

Boaters admire a Scott Memorial on Roath Park Lake in 1917

“In a early 1950s, a pavilion was found to need some correct work and they looked during it and found it was sincerely unsafe. It was knocked down in 1954.

“That left a area flattering open as a pavilion and bandstand was gone.”

Scott commemorative that was denounced in 1915

The children’s play area was put in during a 1970s and 1980s.


Anne said: “There was a snack residence called a Roath Park Cafe on a western finish of a Promenade that was built in 1899-1901.

“It was leased out to tenants for 3 years during a time, to yield refreshments there.

“That remained until a 1960s. It had a bit of work finished on it though it was in need of endless repair.

The Roath Park Lake and Scott commemorative – c.1930s

“It was demolished and a new cafeteria was built. The Terra Nova cafeteria was built in 1970 and named after Captain Scott’s ship.

“It had some modernisations in 1994. It started off with a prosaic roof though a benefaction roof was put in 20 years later.”

The lake graphic c.1904


Anne said: “There was an aquarium that would be deliberate sincerely problematic these days and it was knocked down in a early 1960s.

“The initial judgment was to yield something educational and to furnish fish to keep it good granted for a anglers.

This was in a botanic gardens from 1900 to a early 1950s though it was not a good success. The fish did good for a few years though fishing became reduction renouned in a 1920s.

Roath Park 28th, April, 1951.

“It was flattering many deserted for a lot of a lifetime.”


Anne said: “The Botanic Garden creatively had lots of plants laid out in healthy orders according to their systematic identifications and it was an critical botanic garden.

The Roath Park Lake and Scott commemorative – c.1930s

“It was also famous as a students’ garden for people meddlesome in horticulture.

“It remained like that until a Second World War when vast tools of Cardiff parks were taken over for allotments and that was loyal of many parks. Half of a distraction belligerent was taken over for unfeeling growing.


“The Rose Garden area in a complicated day park used to be a specialised botanic garden.

“It was a garden of inhabitant significance though sadly that’s prolonged gone.”




Anne said: “There used to be dual potion houses in a early 1900s, a Cactus House and a Chrysanthemum House. Both were there until a 1970s when they were demolished to make approach for a benefaction day conservatory.

The conservatory now provides an educational knowledge that a owner of a park hoped a aquarium would be.

The start of a men’s competition in a Taff Swim during Roath Park Lake

“The conservatory is somewhere where propagandize parties can go to perspective plants and fish in a pool. It’s a focal indicate and has lots of propagandize trips to see it. It provides a use that was creatively envisaged a 100 years ago.”


Anne said: “The park is immensely popular. It’s altered a lot though it’s still a poetic place to go and it’s unequivocally renouned on a weekends when there are throngs of people there.

Roath Park Lake graphic during a large solidify of 1963

“The park has critical trees called champion trees. Roath Park has got 14-15 Great Britain champion trees and a series that are unequivocally utterly rare.

“Cardiff has got a many metropolitan trees in a nation and Roath Park has got a second largest amount. It has a best collection of trees in a open park.

“We have got boating on a lakes, tennis courts, a bowling immature on a Pleasure Garden and a distraction belligerent is still there providing pitches for football.”

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