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Pillar Box outside 81 Ninian Road

A Grade II Listed Building in Plasnewydd, Cardiff

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Latitude: 51.5 / 51°30'0"N

Longitude: -3.1728 / 3°10'22"W

OS Eastings: 318687

OS Northings: 178549

OS Grid: ST186785

Mapcode National: GBR KKD.J7

Mapcode Global: VH6F6.YKJG

Plus Code: 9C3RGR2G+2V

Entry Name: Pillar Box outside 81 Ninian Road

Listing Date: 24 May 2002

Last Amended: 24 May 2002

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 26660

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: At the junction of Ninian Road and Morlais Street and now partly incorporated into the trunk of a mature tree.

County: Cardiff

Town: Cardiff

Community: Plasnewydd

Community: Plasnewydd

Locality: Roath Park

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Residential development in the northern area of Roath occurred in the period 1890-1914. The Marquess of Bute had donated land around Roath Brook for a public park in 1887, beginning an overall strategy for development of a high-quality residential district, to which the setting of Roath Park was instrumental. Houses on the S side of Roath Park Pleasure Gardens were built in the period 1897-1907 and the pillar box was an integral component of the development, probably erected before 1901. The founders name is no longer legible as the base is concealed by raising of the footway, but it is of the standard type introduced by the Post Office in 1887.


A cylindrical cast iron pillar box painted red with base concealed. The hinged door bears the embossed royal cipher 'VR'. Above it is the horizontal posting aperture flanked by 'Post Office' in relief. The box has a projecting shallow domed cap with fluted cornice.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a rare surviving Victorian pillar box, and for its contribution to the historic character of Ninan Road.

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