100 days in Cardiff – Butetown streets

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!

My Butetown street

butetown by jeremy rees

“I’ve always had an interest in the history of where I’ve lived and I much prefer living in places that have a sense of connection with the past than a new development. The street I now live in was built as homes for seafarers and people who worked in the Docks, my house dates from 1896 and has survived two World Wars and the rampaging bulldozers of Cardiff Corporation in the 60s. But things are fast changing, a chapel dating from 1902 was demolished just a few months ago to make room for new flats at one end, and this week planning permission was granted for yet another one at the other end at the former seaman’s hospital. I know things do have to change, the population is fast growing and people need places to live, but I can’t help thinking we are losing more than just the buildings when the wrecking balls move in, we risk losing part of our identity too.”


Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…

2 thoughts on “100 days in Cardiff – Butetown streets”

  1. Too much of this casual demolition goes on. Cardiff needs a stronger version of the Victorian Society to counter these developments. Meanwhile, what’s happening to the Coal Exchange, anyone?


  2. I remember my sister taking me to Loudoun Square in around 1973. She had heard that it was a fine example of 19th century architecture. She hadn’t realised that it had been demolished a few years earlier…


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