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Gentlemen's Toilets

A Grade II Listed Building in Castle (Castell), Cardiff

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4798 / 51°28'47"N

Longitude: -3.1769 / 3°10'36"W

OS Eastings: 318368

OS Northings: 176305

OS Grid: ST183763

Mapcode National: GBR KJM.MH

Mapcode Global: VH6FD.W2CF

Entry Name: Gentlemen's Toilets

Listing Date: 13 December 1996

Last Amended: 30 April 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18051

Building Class: Civil

Location: To S of Old Library, near Hayes Island snack bar.

County: Cardiff

Community: Castle (Castell)

Community: Castle

Locality: Hayes Island

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Built circa 1898, during re-arrangement of The Hayes and St John's churchyard areas following the extension of the Old Library. By W Harpur, Borough Engineer.

Exterior

Underground public convenience. Two entrances with railings. Railings have leaf finials, a band of quatrefoils above a band of open quatrefoils, and lower intermediate railings with fleur-de-lys finials; taller posts have more elaborate fleur-de-lys finials; matching gates.

Interior

Each entrance has stairs down (brass handrails). Brick walls. To one side, cubicles, dentil cornice, 4-panelled doors. Opposite, ceramic urinals with black marble framing and stall dividers.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a rare well-preserved example of Victorian public convenience, with high quality railings. Group value with other listed buildings at Hayes Island.

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