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100 days in Cardiff – the River Taff at Bute Park

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 River Taff at Bute Park

 

river taff


“What a lovely evening, it’s amazing what a little sunshine can do to lift the spirits. Here’s the River Taff wending its way through Bute Park – looks as though it could be in the middle of the countryside – but actually this was taken less than a mile from the City Centre.”

Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…

100 days in Cardiff – Sea Lock Graffiti Mural

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!

Sea Lock Graffiti Mural

sea lock mural

“This huge mural adorns the wall under an overpass and is located at the Windsor Esplanade entrance to Hamadryad Park. It has six panels each depicting a theme connected with the maritime history of Cardiff Docks, and is an early example of the work of the renowned artist Kyle Legall. I really like his work, and indeed his portrait of Blues pioneer Robert Johnson hangs on my living room wall (one day when I’m feeling lazy I shall post it as my pic of the day…). Hamadryad Park is a great open space which runs from the Wetlands along the mouth of the River Taff. The park takes its name from a ship which was moored nearby in the late 19th Century which served as a hospital for merchant seamen, and subsequently the Victorian hospital which took on the name, a building which still stands near the Clarence Embankment entrance to the park, though it is about to be turned into a new housing development.”

Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…

100 days in Cardiff – the mystic mound of Grangetown

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 mystic mound of Grangetown

mystic mound of grangetown

“Ok so it’s not Glastonbury Tor and it’s certainly more Argos than Avalon but this little curio does make an otherwise bland ‘anytown’ shopping centre a little more interesting – so good on the planners for turning a rubble heap into somewhere that offers a small contrast to the chain stores and traffic congestion that surround it.”
Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…

100 days in Cardiff – Slipper Baths gardens

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!

Slipper Baths gardens

slipper baths gardens

This little garden is a hidden gem, it’s at the old Slipper Baths in West Close – just a stones throw away from Cardiff Bay station, but I reckon the vast majority of people who travel there would have no idea of its existence. The bath house is now a community centre run by a dedicated group of local residents, and the garden clearly gets a lot of care and attention. Even on a miserable rainy evening like this one it seems to look defiantly cheery.
Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…

100 days in Cardiff – the rolling stones of Penarth

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 rolling stones of Penarth

rolling stones of penarth

Penarth Beach may not have much in the way of sand, but does boast some very colourful rock formations and as the cliffs are constantly eroding and cascading down to the beach there is always something new to find. This piece of conjoined rock reminded me of the Rolling Stones ‘lips’ logo.”
Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…

100 days in Cardiff – marine buildings in Penarth

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!

Marine buildings in Penarth

marine buildings

Another woefully abandoned building in this 100 day photo challenge – this magnificent Gothic structure on Penarth Harbour has been derelict for years. It right next to the Custom House which until a couple of years ago was in much the same state but is now a thriving restaurant. It overlooks Cardiff Bay and would be a great location for a hotel.”
Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…

100 days in Cardiff – Curran Road

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!

Curran Road

curran road

“These old warehouses off Curran Road will soon become rubble as the wrecking ball comes along, and for once there is unlikely to be an outcry – their day has passed. They are to be demolished in Phase 1 of the ambitious plan to transform the industrial area that stretches from Dumballs Road to the River Taff into a new development of housing, shops and a hotel. It’s a plan that has taken far longer than intended to realise. Seven years ago I remember interviewing the then Mayor about the project to built what she called ‘Havana Quay’ on this site, but it was stalled – like so many – because of the recession. Now it seems they are trying again – with the demolition of these old buildings scheduled for later this year. It’s a development I’m especially interested in as the Radio Cardiff studios are located further along on the estate, and it will probably mean we’ll be broadcasting from the middle of a construction site for a while, until the new studios are ready, I’m sure it will be worth the disruption though – this area is long overdue a revamp.”
Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…

100 days in Cardiff – Peerless Jim Driscoll

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!

Peerless Jim Driscoll

peerless jim driscoll

One of Newtown’s most celebrated sons, Jim Driscoll gained the epithet ‘peerless’ because of his prowess is a bantamweight boxer in the early 20th Century. He already had a street in Grangetown named after him when French hotel chain Radisson Blu decided to commission this statue of him to stand outside their swanky new Cardiff hotel a couple of years back – presumably as an homage to Newtown. The vanished Irish area of the City is a stones throw from where he stands (or was until it was k/’o’d in 1970).
Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…

100 days in Cardiff – Cityscape

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!

Cityscape

cityscape

“I took this shot this morning on my walk into work, the River Taff, Brains Brewery and the Millennium Plaza in the background. Seems like ages ago, it’s been a long day and I can’t think of anything imaginative to say about it. Heyho – it’s Friday tomorrow!”

Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…

100 days in Cardiff – Newtown, aka Little Ireland

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!

Newtown, aka Little Ireland

newtown little ireland, cardiff

Today’s picture is of a memorial garden off Herbert Street. It is situated in the area that used to be called Newtown -which was home to hundreds of Irish families from the 1840’s to 1970 when Cardiff Corporation saw fit to send in their infamous bulldozers. The names of the families who made up the community are carved into the paving stones of the memorial as a lasting reminder. It seems particularly ironic that the Irish community who helped build so much of the City and it’s docks should have seen the area so many called home was obliterated by the town planners. The same thing happened in Swansea – where the ‘Little Ireland’ was called Greenhill – that has vanished from the map too. At least Newtown and it’s families have a memorial to remember the past that’s now disappeared.”

 
FYI: If you’re interested in the stories of those who lived in Newtown, you should read ‘Newtown, Little Ireland’ – a story on this site written by Mary Sullivan.

Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…

100 days in Cardiff – Cardiff Philharmonic Hall

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!

Cardiff Philharmonic Hall

cardiff philharmonic hall

“Built in 1886, this once vibrant concert hall was once one of the cities’ top venues, and it has seen a lot of musical trends pass through ‘the land of song’ – most recently it was a nightclub called ‘The Square’ but it now stands empty and decaying. Such a pity.”
Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…

100 days in Cardiff – Cathedral Walk

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!

Cathedral Walk

Cathedral Walk

“This mural is really large – but is easily missed. It’s painted – rather incongruously – on a wall between The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St David, and Minskys Showbar “providing live drag entertainment starring Tina Sparkle” (that’s Cardiff!) the mural is of a cliff with the sea crashing into it. Above the picture are the words ‘Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers’ who presumably occupied Minskys before Tina moved in. Quite what the picture depicted has to do with the Union is a mystery to me.”

 

Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…