Tongwynlais Village Then and Now – Part 4

Old photo of children playing in the street

Welcome back to this series where I compare old photos of Tongwynlais with a modern view. Thanks to Carol Spackman for letting me use this lovely view of children playing in Pantgwynlais. You can explore lots more on the history page. Do you have any old photos that we could share on the site? Maybe … more…

120 Years of Electric Transport in Cardiff

A trolleybus on a city street with a castle in the background.

I picked up this booklet at a postcard fair a few years ago as it looked quite interesting. I don’t have a particular interest in transport history but I found the story of “electric traction” in Cardiff fascinating. May 2022 marks 120 years since the first electric tramcar was driven by the Mayor from the … more…

Rebuilding the Tollhouse

Remains of an old building next to a footpath.

The Tongwynlais Historical Society was formed in March 2020 with my fellow co-founder Rob Wiseman. The initial aim was to create a self-guided audio trail along the historic sites in the village from the Ironbridge, through the village to Castell Coch and loop back passed Ivy Cottage and back to the Ironbridge. We wanted to research interesting historical snippets from different aspects of the life and times of the people who once lived in the village. From the long forgotten railway station, the vineyard, the mill, lime quarry, local shops etc. with an aim to bring local history back to life for visitors and residents alike.