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Tongwynlais has a rich and fascinating history for such a small part of Cardiff. Explore the people, places and events that have shaped our village.

Thanks to Carol Spackman, Steve Nicholas and John Bulpin for kindly sharing their photos. (See caption for credit)


Castell Coch
Castell Coch – John Bulpin
Iron Bridge
Iron Bridge – John Bulpin
Old Bridge
Old Bridge – John Bulpin
Merthyr Road
Merthyr Road – John Bulpin
Old Cottages
Old Cottages – John Bulpin
Castell Coch Cottages
Castell Coch cottages – Carol Spackman
Castell Coch from Ynys Bridge
Castell Coch from Ynys Bridge – Carol Spackman
The Square, Tongwynlais
The Square, Tongwynlais – Carol Spackman
Cae Lewis, Tongwynlais
Cae Lewis – Carol Spackman
Tongwynlais and Castell Coch
Tongwynlais and Castell Coch – Carol Spackman
Pantgwynlais, Tongwynlais
Pantgwynlais – Carol Spackman
Tongwynlais Merthyr Road
Merthyr Road – Steve Nicholas
Tongwynlais Merthyr Road
Merthyr Road – Steve Nicholas
Tongwynlais Merthyr Road
Merthyr Road – Steve Nicholas
Tongwynlais Merthyr Road
Merthyr Road – Steve Nicholas
The Square Tongwynlais
The Lewis Arms – Steve Nicholas
Ivy Cottage Tongwynlais
Ivy Cottage – Steve Nicholas
Castle Road Tongwynlais
Castle Road – Steve Nicholas

Castell Coch

Front of Castell Coch postcard
Castell Coch postcard –
Castell Coch
Castell Coch – Carol Spackman

Walnut Tree Viaduct

Dismantling the Viaduct
Dismantling the Viaduct – John Bulpin
Old Viaduct
Old Viaduct – John Bulpin
Tongwynlais – John Bulpin

Blog posts

  • Tongwynlais Village Then and Now – Part 4
    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. … more…
  • 120 Years of Electric Transport in Cardiff
    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 … more…
  • Rebuilding the Tollhouse
    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.