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City Road, Cardiff: suburban thoroughfare

Updated Monday, 11 May 2015
Known as Castle Road in the 19th century, we trace the changing character and communities of City Road, re-named in 1905, when Cardiff gained city status.

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.



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