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December 5, 2022

Cardiff in the 1970s Through Fascinating Black and White Photos

Cardiff is the capital and largest city of Wales. It forms a principal area, officially known as the City and County of Cardiff, and the city is the eleventh-largest in the United Kingdom.

Located in the south-east of Wales and in the Cardiff Capital Region, Cardiff is the county town of the historic county of Glamorgan and in 1974–1996 of South Glamorgan. It belongs to the Eurocities network of the largest European cities.

A small town until the early 19th century, its prominence as a port for coal when mining began in the region helped its expansion. In 1905, it was ranked as a city and in 1955 proclaimed capital of Wales. Cardiff Built-up Area covers a larger area outside the county boundary, including the towns of Dinas Powys and Penarth.

Cardiff is the main commercial centre of Wales as well as the base for the Senedd. Cardiff Bay contains the Senedd building (home to the Senedd, the Welsh Parliament) and the Wales Millennium Centre arts complex.

These fascinating black and white photos were taken by Ben Salter that show how Cardiff has changed from the 1970s.

Tiger Bay Fountain. A fountain that once stood at the entrance to the Bute Docks in Cardiff's Butetown. Now relocated, and in Victoria Park, Canton. You don't see adverts for cigarettes like this anymore, Cardiff, February 1971

A three coach DMU set at Bute Street Station. In those days this service ran between here and Coryton. Now it's been replaced by a single coach unit shuttling between here and Queen St, Cardiff, July 1973

Low tide. Looking towards Cardiff docks before the barrage. A dredger is at work near Queen Alexandra dock, Cardiff, May 1973

Bridge buttresses that once supported the bridges taking the lines down to the eastern side of the Bute East dock. All gone, Cardiff, March 1974

Bute Street Station. Trains now use the platform opposite, Cardiff, November 1974

Butetown drinking fountain, Cardiff, February 1974

Looking west in Grangetown. This was the bridge that took the freight line down to the old oil terminal by the river Ely. The bridge has gone now and the view ahead dominated by IKEA, Cardiff, December 1974

Penarth Head. Looking out towards Penarth from next to the entrance to the Roath Dock, Cardiff, February 1974

The bricked up end of the tunnel under the River Ely, as seen from the Cardiff End, December 1974

The inner harbor. This view towards the Pierhead has changed a bit, Cardiff, February 1974

This bridge used to carry the line to the east side of the Bute West dock. This is Tyndall Street looking west towards Herbert Street, Cardiff, March 1974

This view looking west of the bridge taking the line down to Cardiff Bay Station has changed beyond recognition! All the buildings in this view have gone. This is now the Junction between Lloyd George Ave and Herbert St, March 1974

Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, February 1975

GWR Parcels Depot. This site is now the car park to the south of Cardiff Central, Cardiff, February 1975

Hill St. A great shot looking over Penarth Docks to the Bay, Cardiff, January 1975

Penarth Rd, Cardiff, February 1975

Queen Street bridge, Cardiff, February 1975

The Old Library. A nice shot of Hayes Island, from the days when it was still an Island, Cardiff, February 1975




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