100 days in Cardiff – the multi-cultural buildings of Wood Street

We Are Cardiff contributor Jeremy Rees is recording his days in and around Cardiff with 100 photographs of local points of interest. We’ll be publishing some of them here on We Are Cardiff – and make sure you tune in to Jeremy as he presents the Saturday Soulful Breakfast on Radio Cardiff!

The multi-cultural buildings of Wood Street

Photo by Jeremy Rees

“If you look closely you can see that these buildings in Wood Street Cardiff are unusual in that the stones used in their construction are a mix of various colours & textures. There are several examples of this in the city, but these are probably the most obvious, I love the story as to why this is. In the heyday of the coal industry millions of tons of the stuff was exported from Cardiff Docks to places all over the world. The ships that carried it needed to be weighed down to make the journey back, and so the same tonnage of stones from the country receiving the coal was dispatched back to the docks – where local builders could buy it very cheaply – hence so many of the old buildings in the City are constructed from a mix of stones from the four corners of the world.” 


Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…

One thought on “100 days in Cardiff – the multi-cultural buildings of Wood Street”

  1. I’d heard a slightly different explanation. Yes the stones were used as ballast, but I believe it was the Marquis of Bute who used the stones on his ships as ballast and to then build some of the beautiful architecture around our Capital.
    I maybe wrong…


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