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,81A,Ninian Road,Roath Park,Cardiff,,CF23 5EN

A Grade II Listed Building in Plasnewydd, Cardiff

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Latitude: 51.4998 / 51°29'59"N

Longitude: -3.1729 / 3°10'22"W

OS Eastings: 318678

OS Northings: 178530

OS Grid: ST186785

Mapcode National: GBR KKD.H9

Mapcode Global: VH6F6.YKGL

Entry Name: ,81A,Ninian Road,Roath Park,Cardiff,,CF23 5EN

Listing Date: 24 May 2002

Last Amended: 24 May 2002

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 26668

Building Class: Domestic

Location: On the E side of the junction with Morlais Street opposite Roath Park Pleasure Gardens. The entrance to 81a is in Morlais Street.

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 were let on 99 year leases and proximity to the park made it a desirable location, allowing higher ground rents to be charged. The Bute Estate exercised careful control by employing its estate architect, E.W.M. Corbett, to provide designs for houses, ensuring consistency of character and status. These were erected by various local contractors, who introduced their own individual variations by selecting a wide range of materials available from builders' merchants. These included freestone mouldings from Bath stone quarries, pressed red bricks from Ruabon in Denbighshire, and decorative tiles from Midlands firms such as Maw & Co of Jackfield and Gibbons Hinton & Co of Brierley Hill, in addition to standard items such as iron balustrades, polished granite shafts and fish-scale tiles.

Houses in Ninian Road cost between £700 and £1470 to build. The north-west end, Nos 75-110, were built opposite Roath Park Pleasure Gardens, Nos 75-81 between 1897 and 1902.

Reasons for Listing

The residential district centred around Roath Park is of exceptional interest for its late Victorian and Edwardian middle-class housing, and is one of the 2 finest such developments in Wales.

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