The Llandaff 50 Plus group has an archeological project going on at the old Llandaf cattle pound, between the old public conveniences at the top of the steep hill alongside the Cathedral and the Bishop’s Castle. Here’s a photo of volunteer students from Bishop of Llandaff School who have been digging to reveal the old cattle pound’s secrets. Donna Howard of the group explained the history of the Pound and visitors to the dig are able to learn about the history of the Bishop’s Castle, along with a timeline. This and work on the Heritage Centre is all thanks to a series of generous grants, listed on their website: “£200,000 Welsh Government grant , £3,000 from Cardiff YMCA (1910) Trust, £10,000 for National Lottery Heritage Fund, £5,000 from National Lottery Community Fund and £10,000 from a local charitable trust to help provide a 50+ community activity centre and heritage room in the heart of Llandaff village. ”
Caerwyn writes to say:
“Yes, the walking tour at Llandaf was quite something. There are a few stories about ghosts seen in the area around the Cathedral. The witch from ‘Ffordd y Meirw’ (the street of the dead) was particularly scary. She had red hair, green skin and wings. She usually crawls on the ground. Walking around in pitch dark adds to the suspense ! I left the landing light on after going to sleep that night.
“I can recommend the walk. It’s very scary, even though there are no gimmicks, just the stories.” Book @CardiffHistory !”
Thanks to Caerwyn for his report.
The Llandaff Ghost Walk costs £8 for the 1 hour 20 minute walk and £11 for the two hour extended walk. You can see the walks’ dates and book a place on the Llandaff Ghost Walk at https://www.cardiffhistory.co.uk/shop.php?c=1_0
Watch the first 50 seconds of this HTV archive film to see some daring skateboarding down the hill alongside the Cathedral in Llandaf.
Keep watching if you want to be reminded of G&S Bowlrider decks, Gullwing trucks and Red Kryptonic wheels.
Here’s the information from the YouTube page:
In 1977 the skateboard craze had hit Wales. Professional Welsh skateboarder Paul Roberts was showing off his skills in the new shop ‘Skate City’ in Cardiff and at the Dutch Barn of Rhumney High School.
The ITV Cymru/Wales Archive is based at the National Library Of Wales. For more information on how to access the Archive Catalogue, please visit http://www.archif.com.
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The Cathedral School has bought the site of Jazzy Jungle, flattened it and is preparing to build a new Memorial Hall for the school and city. The photos below outline how the hall will look and how the local community will be able to use the new facility.