History of Cardiff's Suburbs
Cardiff was a small town of less than 2,000 people
until the development of its docks in the 19th century.
Then began a period of rapid expansion. From 1875
onwards, as the city grew, it absorbed its outlying
districts. This book concentrates on the varied and
fascinating history of these suburbs which are today
part of the capital of Wales. Dennis Morgan offers
a concise account of the development of each area.
Some of the suburbs have long and rich histories
in their own right. Others are recent creations, designed
to accommodate new businesses and a rising population.
The author describes how ancient hillforts, castles
and churches are to be found in these districts alongside
the industrial development that has transformed the
city during the last 200 years.
Royal visits, memorable sporting occasions and battles
from medieval times to World War II feature in the
narrative. Dennis Morgan also recalls the brilliant
careers of world-famous individuals such as Ivor Novello,
Roald Dahl and Howard Spring. At the same time he
records lesser known local characters who made a mark
on the community, together with anecdotes and legends
which play a role in this story.
His book features more than 200 illustrations, many
of them not previously published. His survey will
be essential reading and reference for Cardiff residents,
past and present, who take an interest in their neighbourhood
and in the colourful history of the city itself.