I started this section of the blog, The History of Cardiff, because I have always been interested in finding out more about my hometown. I want to know about the buildings I pass on a daily basis – the history of Cardiff Castle, the history of Cardiff Bay, and the history of Cardiff City Football Club. There’s more to it than the city centre too, the suburbs is where you’ll find out more such as the history of Whitchurch Cardiff, the history of death junction or the history of Ely Cardiff. I also want to know why monuments have been built, the history of Cardiff Airport, and other landmarks that have shaped Cardiff as a city. As you can see, there’s so much to cover.
Cardiff is one of the most significant cities within the context of modern history – we’re talking about the Industrial Revolution of course. Coal powered this, it was brought down from the South Wales Valleys and Cardiff Bay became one of the most important ports in the world. It is said that the first million pound deal in the world was done at the Coal Exchange in Cardiff Bay. The population of the city increased significantly, and the diversity of those people have made Cardiff the incredible city it is today.
William I of England started building Cardiff Castle keep in 1081 and the castle has been a presence in the city for nearly 1,000 years. The origins of its name are a point of debate but are widely believed to have come from an English corruption of the original Welsh title Caer-Taff (Fort on the Taff). Over 300,000 people now live in Cardiff; it is now a top tourist destination, foodies paradise, and cultural hotspot.
Wales’ Only Thermal Spring
Once a thriving tourist hotspot in Taffs Well, why has one of Wales’ most natural wonders has been forgotten.
Letters From Cardiff in Lockdown
People from all over Cardiff have been writing about their experiences in lockdown.
Ghost Stories from Cardiff
There are legendary whispers, chilling haunting tales, eerie buildings and haunted happenings. Read on, if you dare!
Letter to the Unknown Soldier
My families experience of World War One in Cardiff. I discovered a letter I wrote in 2014 to the Unknown Soldier project.
The History of Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay has played a significant part in Cardiff’s development, and here’s what it means to me.
Flooding in Taffs Well
The utter heartbreak of seeing my village destroyed by flooding.