Roath

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Roath Brook flowing through Roath Park in the snow
Roath Park Church.jpg

Roath (Welsh: Y Rhath) is a district in the east/north-east of the city of Cardiff, capital of Wales. It lies just east/north east of the city centre, stretching from Adamsdown in the south to Roath Park in the north. Roath contains the Plasnewydd electoral ward.

Its main shopping streets are Albany Road, City Road, and Wellfield Road. The area is characterised by its several tree-lined avenues and Victorian era terraced streets. Roath houses a very diverse population including a large number of students, being very close to the main university campuses, a large ethnic minority population and many young professionals. Parts of Roath are among the most affluent districts of Cardiff, although subdivision of the large Victorian properties is starting to occur in the areas at the south end of the district.

Its close proximity to the city centre, its number of local amenities, churches, shops and restaurants and public houses and the famous Roath Park make it a popular area to live.

History[edit]

The name is believed to originate from Irish ráth, 'fort'. Alternatively, it could derive from the name given to the Roman settlement in Cardiff, Ratostabius.[citation needed]

Roath contains the Church of Saint Margaret of Antioch, built in 1870 on the site of an earlier Norman chapel and the new Gothic revival church. Designed by Llandaff architect John Prichard on a Greek Cross plan, the latter was financed totally by the third Marquess of Bute, in spite of his conversion to Catholicism in 1868. Inside is an opulent mausoleum housing tombs of nine members of the Bute family, including the First Marquess and his wives. The tower of St Margaret's was finally completed in 1926.

Roath once had a railway station on the South Wales Main Line, but this closed in 1917.

Roath Court, a Georgian era manor house, is found near Saint Margaret's Church.

Amenities[edit]

  • Cardiff University, Engineering Building
  • Roath Library
  • Monumental Inscriptions for St. Margarets[1]
  • Mackintosh Sports Institute (formerly Plasnewydd)
  • The Gate,[2] arts centre
  • James Summers Funeral Home, Roath Court
  • Shah Jalal Mosque, Crwys Road (formerly Capel Crwys)
  • Trinity Methodist Church
  • St. Martin's Church, Albany Road[3]
  • Hodges' Residence and the Dewmisters Crib
  • St. Edward's Church, Blenheim Road[4]
  • Roath Park
  • St. Peters RFC

Festivals and events[edit]

Since 2009 the annual Made in Roath arts festival has taken place in October. The event showcases art, music, performance and literature in a variety of venues including peoples' homes.[5]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cefnpennar.com
  2. ^ Thegate.org.uk
  3. ^ stmartininroath.webplus.net
  4. ^ Roath.org.uk
  5. ^ Graham Henry, 'Made in Roath festival returns', South Wales Echo, 14 October 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-17.

External links[edit]

J. Childs. Roath, Splott and Adamsdown. The History Press. 1995

Heath Roath Park Penylan
Cathays Roath Tremorfa
City centre Adamsdown Splott

Coordinates: 51°29′28″N 3°09′38″W / 51.49111°N 3.16056°W / 51.49111; -3.16056