From affluent Victorian suburb to run-down inner-city thoroughfare

In 1905 Cardiff achieved city status and Castle Road was renamed City Road. This main thoroughfare between the docks and the city centre has two distinctly different characteristics. The larger houses near the junction with Newport Road were originally built for the emerging Edwardian middle classes. At the other end of the street, smaller Victorian terraces have doorways opening onto tree-lined side streets. What are the stories of City Road residents and visitors today? Some say the street has fallen on ‘hard times’, but others are happy to call it home.

City Road, Cardiff

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As coal replaces iron and the Cardiff docks are built, City Road develops as an affluent suburb. Creative-Commons Cardiffians City Road was a busy thoroughfare, with the Gaiety cinema opening its doors in 1912. But riots, hunger strikes and bomb damage in the blitz bring changes to the street in the 20th century. Copyright Cardiff Central Libraries With a culturally diverse community, City Road is seen by some as ‘run down’. What has happened to change the character of the street? Creative-Commons Cardiff Central Watch under Creative Commons license Explore the City Road, Cardiff area on Google map streetview. Creative-Commons Rhisiart Hincks under Creative Commons license
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