On the right lines

A progress meeting was held with management of the Tramshed, local residents and councillor Ashley Govier – nearly three months after the opening of venue.

The meeting heard:

  • There had been only one formal complaint. This for urinating in a garden was reported to police. Councillor Govier said this was a measure of the success so far and shows “something is going right”.
  • The venue said its sound-proofing concrete box had proved successful after 13 events so far, with two of the potentially noisiest events they would ever hold prompting no issues.
  • One resident said she had experienced a couple of minor issues but these had been dealt with by management.
  • Future events include a vintage fayre, an Indian wedding and corporate dinners
  • There was an issue of some litter from plastic glasses being taken away after shows but management will ask door staff to be vigilant. A clear-up takes place outside the venue of any litter and there is a bin for rubbish.
  • The cafe at the venue – currently open only as a bar on event nights – will open for food and coffees etc during the day at the end of February. It plans to open from about 11am depending on demand.
  • The 40-seat cinema is due to open by the end of February. Operated by Curzon, a niche programme is being worked on. Prices will be competitive (it was pointed out the nearby Vue cinema charges £4 for all screenings). The seating will be airline-style/Boeing for maximum comfort.
  • The second phase of the Tramshed – including gallery/cafe, tech hub, dance studio/community room and work-live units are scheduled to open by the end of April.
  • Local arts organisations have expressed an interest in curating the gallery by roster – aimed at local artists/photographers exhibiting for free.
  • More details to follow closer to the time.
  • Residents in Maerdy Court flats want to be told of future liaison meetings.
  • Management to look at provision of cycle stand
  • The work-live units, for sale/rent, have been sold en bloc to a Hong Kong company
  • Anyone who wants to raise an issue should go along to the venue and ask for Mike the general manager mike@tramshedcardiff.com

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    Tramshed venue opens - a big night out for Grangetown

    The opening night at the Tramshed venue. The Tramshed has opened. Quietly and without fanfare, although with something of a rocking good Irish night, courtesy of the Hothouse Flowers.

    The veteran Dublin band became by accident the first headline performers at the 1,000 capacity venue, after opening shows were moved across the city over the previous week, to allow finishing touches to take place.

    The Thursday night show was two hours long to around 500 fans and it was no doubt a relief for staff and developers alike just to hear the music play.

    What did we make of it? Well first stop the cafe-bar next door. Despite it being a chilly night, the rain had stopped, and there were a few enjoying a beer in the courtyard. Inside, the bar is fairly small – around eight tables and bar stools. No food at the moment - it could be the end of the year before we see this - and it was cash-only tonight but there was a good range of lagers, cider and wine. Flying Dog was the real ale on tap – along with Brooklyn lager – while there was a pretty varied choice of bottles. It was £3.90 a pint, so compares with city centre prices. I liked the old fashioned, low-slung electric lighting – there’s a pleasant gloom to it, very period.

    Through the courtyard and to the venue itself. There’s a foyer area where the bands will sell their merchandise, a cloakroom and where tickets are checked – and in these days of ticketless gigs – print-outs, phones and names on lists. The stage is to the left as you come in, and there’s a long bar at the very back. Quick service. No real ale on tap but bottled varieties, including the Flying Dog ready to bite again. Draught lagers like Calsberg and Tuborg, and cider. A bit pricier in here – £5+ a drink on average. As to the look of it, imagine the Great Hall at the Students’ Union, but smaller – more of an intimate feel. There’s also carpet on the floor, and I don’t know if this helped the sound, but it was perfect.

    The balcony was closed for the first appearance The balcony was closed for this performance but it stretches around half of the venue – and there’s a lounge bar up there too. As first impressions go, as a music lover and gig-goer, it ticks the boxes in offering enough room without being a barn, and acoustically it was crystal clear. Although this is inside the shell of the Edwardian redbrick tramsheds, the venue is essentially purpose-built within.

    The promoters have already got a varied list of 25 acts booked ahead, with some impressive names, ranging from The Charlatans, Public Enemy to Billy Ocean. As a local resident, the door staff were friendly and helpful in directing punters back towards the city centre via Riverside.There were no reports of noise issues, the sound-proofing appears to have done its job. Taff Mead residents will be monitoring the parking and any disturbance over the next days and weeks.

    What was clear on Thursday night, was how badly Grangetown has needed a place like this. If you’re aged between 20 and 50, you’re crying out for a different sort of place to go in the evenings. We may soon only have one pub left, to go with four restaurants and otherwise an array of take-aways, a snooker club and shops with shutters.

    It will bring people in from the city centre and beyond. But it will also be somewhere local people can go. Hopefully, it help attract more small businesses and life into Grangetown.

    For now, well done to local councillors for insisting this historic building has a community/arts element to it. That will become more evident in the coming months as the rest of the £4m development proceeds. And well done to the developers for delivering what looks like a first class and sympathetically converted live venue. Let’s hope it’s not just a place to go but the place to be!

    See more on the development here. You can also follow The Tramshed on Facebook

    Archive stories on the development: Latest look inside Tramshed as opening nears

    We have been given a guided tour inside the Tramshed development - two weeks before the first phase is due to open.

    Work has been going on apace inside the first phase of the building, fitting out the 1,000 capacity venue and adjoining cafe bar open.

    One of the development team Steve Bines took us on a tour - and gave us the low-down on the latest progress with the project, a fortnight before singer-songwriter Lucy Rose is due to perform the opening show.

    The courtyard of the cafe bar and work continuing on the upstairs of the venue

    Looking out into Clare Road - and the view from the usual stage area inside the venue.

    Views from the balcony overlooking the main venue auditorium. Click on images for larger versions.

  • The fitting out of the cafe-bar is taking place. The entrance - currently a brick wall - will take people in through a courtyard from Clare Road. It was torrential rain but we can only look forward to the summer and sitting out with a cold drink! The bar will be open all day and serve food too - we understand the menu will have variations on classics and not too dissimilar to Canteen in Bristol while there will also be craft beers.

    Inside the bar area, next to the venue

  • The venue itself has five layers to ensure sound-proofing - and it was a first look at how the concrete shell was built inside the Edwardian structure. There is a balcony along the rear and one side looking down into the auditorium. The balcony has a bar and its own chill-out zone for music fans or break-out area for those using the venue for exhibitions and conferences. Then down on the ground floor, we stood where the stage will be - it won't be permanent and can be brought in and out as required.
  • The space is versatile enough to be standing or seated, or even for a stage in the round. The first company/corporate events have also been booked, as well as a vintage fair.
  • On the upper floor is the cinema - due to open in December. It will be 48-seater with proper large aircraft-style seats.
  • A new "tech hub" is to be included in the second phase of the project - in the place of a planned convenience store. Steve told us: "It will be a flexible working space, a hi-tech hub aimed at freelancers in the tech and creative industries who will pay a membership fee and be able to come in and use it. There will be areas for meetings or private conferences. These place are becoming popular and are designed for people who work flexibly or on the move." Two major partners are understood to have signed up. These facilities - with the Tramshed close to the city centre - will be available from April as flexible office hotspots.
  • The dance studio space will be operated by someone who runs yoga classes and also works with disability groups and children. The gallery is intended to encourage local artists who want a space to exhibit in for free and has already attracted interested. The first exhbition in April will be a photographic record of The Tramshed's development by Butetown artist Simon Campbell. This will have its own cafe-bar, which at the moment will have a menu based around dough pizzas.
  • Finally, a word on the planned community open day and launch event - including music, food and a tour. Due to the Rugby World Cup, a date is to be arranged so it at the moment is not Sunday 25th October. Watch this space.
  • September 2015: Tramshed "on course" to open, as tech-hub planned Residents have been told that the Tramshed redevelopment at the gateway to Grangetown is on course to open its first phase on time in October.

    Councillor Ashley Govier posted these photos, including a view from the venue balcony.

    Councillor Ashley Govier told a residents' liaison meeting that the local community would be invited to an open-day to launch the facility. Details are to be confirmed but it will include live music, food and a tour of the completed venue and cafe bar. Due to the Rugby World Cup the original date of 25th October has not been confirmed.

    Work inside the centre is continuing around the clock, while sound-proofing on the enclosed concreted venue - built inside the Edwardian building's shell - is being rigourously tested.

    The meeting heard the latest developments:

    • A new "tech hub" is to be included in the project - in the place of a planned convenience store. The hi-tech facilities will be available from April as flexible office hotspots.
    • The 48-seat cinema on the 2nd floor will ready to open in November or December
    • The travel plan and operational management documents have been lodged with the council. Details will be subject to three-monthly reviews to look at any practical issues which emerge. The question of dropping off and picking up by taxis and private cars around performances was still a potential issue but no-one knew at this stage whether it will turn out to be a problem or not.

    The first phase - the 1,000 capacity venue and cafe-bar - will open for the first scheduled event - singer Lucy Rose - on October 21st, four days after a "soft" launch. Shows involving UB40 and Craig Charles have already sold out but as well as music, there is a professional darts night and the psychic Derek Acorah has an event.

    Mr Govier said he had been impressed with what he had seen of the work inside the building. "It's going to be fantastic - this is being provided without any public money, apart from some small funding for the heritage of the building. This has to be sustainable for them [the developers] but there will be a community room and gallery and that is something we can discuss at meetings in the next few months, in December and January."

    Residents raised wider issues of street parking in pockets where there isn't any permit parking but all the bay parking in the Embankment area is being retained. Advertising jobs at the centre locally, and provision for Welsh language and the area's diverse community were also raised.

    There was a general agreement that there has been little disruption from the restoration work, while there is a hope that any day-to-day issues which emerge when the venue opens can be quickly ironed out.

    Tramsheds work under way Work has started on renovating the Tramsheds in Pendyris Street - with the first phase set to open in October.

    Scaffolding outside the Tramsheds

    The venue and cafe-bar on the Clare Road side of the development will be the first to open.

    Work on the live/work units, gallery and community room is scheduled to be finished in time for next March.

    Click on the images above for the travel and operational management plans

    Residents were given an outline of a 26-page travel and transport plan, at the monthly consultative meeting with developers and local councillor. It has now been submitted to council planners, along with the operational management plan.

    This includes encouraging as many people as possible to walk, bus, train or cycle to the venue - with less reliance on cars. As well as travel information, there will be signage and security staff advising people were to catch buses.

    One of the development team Steve Bines told residents it would be a "flexible and ongoing" travel plan which would respond as the Tramsheds evolved. He was confident that many of those coming to the venue in the evenings, in common with similar venues in the city like The Globe, would leave cars at home. The proximity to the city centre was another factor.

    Councillor Ashley Govier said the issue of parking - with issues around Millennium Stadium events long standing in the area and the new BBC Wales HQ due to be built - meant further restrictions could be considered.

    Meanwhile, Mr Bines also outlined a few more details for the development:

    • The 1,000 capacity venue would host chiefly music and comedy, but also conferences. Those involved in promoting were experienced and included people involved in the Coal Exchange when it was a venue. All servicing of it, including band equipment, would be via the service road at the back by the railway line, with the entrance in Clare Rd.
    • The venue's cafe-bar and courtyard will be open during the day too. Discussions are being held with a microbrewery about the bar
    • The 48-seat small "arthouse" style cinema will run weekly themes, with changing films every night - this will be housed in the annexe building, being renovated next to the main Tramsheds, off Clare Road.
    • The gallery will be sustained by income from its cafe - also to be open all day - enabling local artists to exhibit their work for free.
    • The community room/space will be available for all the community to use, and could accommodate meetings, classes etc

    The first acts are already being booked by operators MJR group, including well known names like UB40 (a sell-out), Soul II Soul, The Charlatans, Hothouse Flowers and Judy Collins, and up-and-coming singers like Lucy Rose. Young rap/singing duo Bars and Melody (who include 15-year-old Port Talbot rapper Leondre Devries) will also be bringing their anti-bullying message to local schools on the day they play at the venue in November. Other events lined up include a night of professional darts.

    Noise evaluation report and opening hours Opening hours for the complex have been submitted to the council - the cafe-bar/gallery will open within the hours between 7am and 11pm Monday to Saturday and from 7am to 10.30pm on Sundays. For the main performance venue and cafe-bar areas, the open hours will be between 8am-11pm Monday to Thursday; 8am-12.30am Friday and Saturday and 10am and 10.30pm on Sundays.

    Existing noise levels from the street and railway have been taken and a noise evaluation report based on the sound systems, sound-proofing and construction have been submitted.

    They estimate that residents should not be able to notice any difference in noise levels from the performance venue - which is being built out of concrete within the shell of the old building. The report says, if necessary, sound system levels can be lowered.

    More consultation on Tramshed as UB40 lined up to play

      Monthly consultation meetings have started to deal with residents' concerns about potential parking and anti-social behaviour issues around the Tramshed development.

    It comes as the music venue at the Clare Road-end of the centre has lined up pop-reggae veterans UB40 in October as one of the first provisional band bookings.

    The go-ahead for 1,000 capacity venue is subject to a transport and dispersal plan being acceptable to councillors. A well attended meeting of more than 50 residents heard that there would be stewards on duty, CCTV installed and gig-goers would be expected to leave along Clare Road or along Pendyris Street and back into the city centre.

    One of the development team Steve Bines said public transport links were close-by and sound-proofing would prevent noise from the venue. He also said it would be multi-purpose, with music only part of what would be offered, with comedy, exhibitions and conferences also being held. Councillor Ashley Govier said he would look into the suggestion of bringing in 24 hour residents' parking in the Taff Mead area to discourage drivers. He also said when the centre was open there would be a regular review of its operation to ensure there were no issues.

    Some residents were concerned about noise late at night from people leaving the venue, as well as potential vandalism.

    Meanwhile, Mr Bines said the gallery and cafe bar would be a facility for residents - and the space could be a showcase for local artists and organisations exhibiting for free. Three photographers will be following the development and their work will be the first exhibition.

    Local resident Greg Harrison said it was right to listen to concerns but also important that the voices of the "quiet majority" of residents was heard who welcomed the centre as positive news for Grangetown.

    Further meetings will be held on the last Wednesday of each month.

    UB40 are lined up to play on October 24th and Soul II Soul, American guitarist Andy McKee and Britain's Got Talent duo Bars and Melody in November, with tickets on sale.


    Tramshed arts/music centre gets green light

    Plans for the £4m transformation of the Tramsheds building in Pendyris Street have been given the go-ahead by councillors.

    Cardiff Council's planning meeting backed the recommendation to support the transformation of the listed Edwardian building into for an arts/music/community and live/work development. There has been a lot of positive local reaction to the project, although councillors were presented with a petition from more than 50 residents in the Taff Mead area and the manager of the neighbouring student complex worried about the music venue part of the proposals.

    Their concerns were chiefly about possible anti-social behaviour, parking and noise from up to 1,000 people leaving the venue late at night. Councillors imposed a condition that TS Developments will have to produce a plan on how people will disperse before the venue can operate.

    There has been a modification of late opening hours and there will be screening from the courtyard cafe bar. The developers intend to encase the venue area within the larger building in dense concrete to sound-proof it. They also say that the full 1,000 capacity is only likely to be used a few times a year, with mostly between 500 and 700 people going to events. It will have a curfew of 11pm during the week and 12.30am on Fridays and Saturdays. Conditions include a guarantee to ensure that the "lowest levels of noise" from the venue and its use "will not unreasonably detract from the amenities of local residents."

    It would be run by a consortium which includes an operator of other venues in England, Welsh music promoters Orchard Entertainment and people who put on live acts at the Coal Exchange. South Wales Police said it had visited other premises operated by the developers and found the venues and events "well run and do not raise any concern". CCTV will operate around the building.

    The developers say the venue is likely to operate at under a capacity of 300 for conferences and exhibitions, under 500 for seated events and under 700 for less high profile standing concerts and would categorically not be used as a night club.

    The proposals include 31 live-work flats but also a cafe-bar, gallery, dance studio and music venue.

    The music venue would be the first phase of the project, with the possibility it could open later in 2015. The rest would be completed in about a year's time.

    Planning officers are also happy with the parking arrangements, with the venue within easy walking distance of the city centre, station and bus routes.

    Some of the comments after the residents' drop-in day on @grangecardiff on Twitter:

    "Sound proofing not the problem it's the effect 1000 people have on us local residents"

    "Overall it can only be a good thing for Grange. Just not too much gentrification"

    "On balance it all looks good, but some of my questions unanswered. It needs to be inclusive of locals, not sure it will be."

    "Also there will be a cinema & gallery space. Vast improvement on letting #tramshed rot!"

    "If anything it'll be good for house prices, surely?"

    "A very good project. There will no doubt be some issues trying to please everyone. A much needed venue for Grangeteown"

    "I go to a lot of gigs and drink. I'm not worried about post-gig revelry, gig-goers are not rioters!"

    "Parking could be a concern, I agree. But public transport is also close by"

    Looking at the plans in more detail, the entrance to the venue would be via the courtyard entrance on the corner of Clare Road and Pendyris Street (pictured above). This suggests those walking to and from music events are likely to arrive and leave either from the main Clare Road (where there are also buses) towards Grangetown or Riverside; or walk back along Pendyris Street towards the city centre. The only exit from the venue onto Pendyris Street would be a fire exit, nearly opposite the end of Mardy Street. Smokers would have to use the courtyard and not Pendyris Street.

    The main feeling of many is that it's an exciting development for Grangetown, providing much-needed facilities at a time when financial cutbacks are putting pressures on public services. Developer Simon Baston has said that the business model put forward would be the only way of ensuring arts and cultural facilities like this are built in the current climate. The tramshed is one of the few large landmark buildings left in the area and it will now be not only preserved but by the look of the plans be a real asset. The council deserves credit for insisting that the local community will benefit from any development. The developers seem genuine about creating something dynamic and engaging with local people, so it's hoped that there will be an opportunity for local organisations, artists and different cultures to be involved when more details emerge and eventually the new gallery and performance spaces open. It will of course be somewhere new Grangetown people can visit, including music, gallery-space and a cafe-bar on the doorstep. Hopefully the worries of some will be eased. Importantly, let's wish it well to becoming a thriving link between the developments in the city centre and a cornerstone of the regeneration of Grangetown.

    See also www.tramshed.net And tell us what you think? grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk


    A look inside the building in March 2015 and a chance to look at the plans.

    Tramsheds re-open - for a look inside at least

    Dozens of Grangetown residents viewed the plans for the £4m transformation of the Tramsheds building in Pendyris Street.

    As well as looking inside the shell of the listed Edwardian building, local people could view the plans for an arts/music/community and live/work development in more detail. There was also a chance to speak to developer Simon Baston and the man looking after the cultural side of the project, Steve Bines.

    The proposals include 31 live-work flats but also a cafe-bar, gallery, dance studio and music venue.

    It's fair to say the music venue - with a capacity of up to 1,000 - was the biggest talking point. As well as positive comments about bringing a new facility to the area, there were some local residents concerned about potential parking issues and issues from people leaving the venue. Under the plans, the venue would be sealed in concrete within the Tramsheds to provide sound-proofing. It would be run by a consortium which includes an operator of other venues in England, Welsh music promoters Orchard

    £4m "iconic" Tramsheds arts centre deal

    The council-owned building used to house trams and trolley buses Plans have now been submitted for an arts/community centre for Grangetown built by a private developer as part of £4m plans for the old Tramsheds building in Pendyris Street.

    Residents were given their first sight of plans for the proposals - which will be paid for by part of the Edwardian building being converted into 31 living/work "loft-style" flats and 19 business units. The depot has been empty for more than 18 months and is surplus to the council's requirements.

    Local councillors have been working behind the scenes to ensure the building, with its Grade II-listed redbrick facade, will have some community use. The former maintenance depot has already been used for photographic and animation events. A stipulation was put on the building when it was put up for sale.

    TS Developments is a company set up by Penarth-based property developer Simon Baston, who is already involved in refurbishments of old buildings, including a church and the old pumphouse in Barry, as well as a building in Swansea.

    A lease deal was signed on the Friday before Christmas, with the plans being lodged with the council at the end of January. The proposals for Grangetown have been drawn up by architects involved in transforming the Baltic building in Gateshead into a landmark arts centre.

    They include:

    • A gallery
    • 40-seat cinema
    • 1,000-capacity performance venue/community space - with sound-proofing
    • Cafe-bar, possibly with micro brewery, with its own courtyard area, acting as entrance at Clare Road end of the building
    • Spaces which can be used as a dance studio, workshops, rehearsals - one larger and one smaller etc
    • A local shop

    Artist impressions of the development

    Mr Baston says the plans will be sustainable with 31 "loft-style" work/living spaces being developed - aimed at people who want to combine living accommodation with working studio space, close to the city centre. In previous months, it's understood arts organisations have been meeting in the hope of being part of a future development. With developments planned for the bus station site and Dumballs Road, it be part of a regeneration of the area and the hope is to create 150 local jobs.

    How the draft plans look

    Mr Baston told residents the work/living spaces would allow for the rest of The Tramshed to be offered for "flexible" arts and community use at low cost.

    He said they were in talks with a number of interested parties about taking on the arts/communities spaces, with more details expected after the lease deal had been signed. They wanted to hear too from residents what they'd like to see in there too and there would be the chance for community groups to use the venue.

    The entrance will be in the corner of Pendyris Street, near the Clare Road junction, with a cafe-bar and couryard. A live-in concierge will help manage the site.

    How one of the loft-style living/work apartments could look

    In the vision for the building, the developers say they want to create "an iconic, self sustainable arts centre that will help raise the profile of Cardiff as a 'city of culture' and create the first live/work spaces in Cardiff "where young people can realise their dream of both owning their own home and developing their business ideas." They say it will be a "true hub" to offer anybody working in music, art and culture everything under one roof. It would also "re-use a magnificent building for something that truly benefits the local and wider community and helps establish Cardiff as an innovative forward thinking city with the international arts community."

    The developers say in their planning brief they have "high level sustainable funding" in place via the Principality Building Society and "extensive knowledge" of the creative industries.

    ® Photo: Niyaz Saghari/Ffotogallery. The Tramshed has already been used as part of the Diffusion photography festival in 2013; image in picture is from Geoff Charles exhibition

    The partner involved in developing the cultural, entertainment and arts side of the building is Steve Bines, director of Full Moon Bar and The Moon Club in the city centre, and one of the organisers of the city's HUB Festival.

    Plans were unveiled 11 years ago to turn the building into a contemporary art gallery as part of Cardiff's city of culture bid.

    Councillor Ashley Govier talks about an exciting development that would not otherwise be possible under the current climate and he hopes it be something to offer to south Cardiff similar to the Chapter arts centre in the Canton area of the city. "The redevelopment of the Tramsheds into an urban arts centre and business hub along with live/work units is exactly what we were looking for in this area," he said. "The local councillors are looking forward to working with the community, the council and the developer as we move to deliver this exciting development."

    More information: www.tramshed.net Contact 029 20 710 170 enquiries@tramshed.net

    The history of trams in Grangetown and the depot

    This is the Clare Road and Ninian Park Road (Eldon Road) junction, with tram, in 1939, and also right one of horse-drawn trams which ran from Clive Street to Splott, and right a tram at the old depot entrance. The first horse-drawn tram from Splott to Grangetown ran on November 29th 1881. Crowds lined the 2.75 mile route to watch the car, with 20 people inside and another 20 guests sitting outside, run from the Clifton Street depot to the Plymouth Hotel at the end of Clive Street. The first tram left at 1pm and took 15 minutes to complete its journey. Dignitaries, including the tram company, members of the Cardiff Corporation and the mayor, were welcomed to a reception at the Plymouth, before a celebratory dinner at the Royal Hotel in town. At the start, there were five trams running the route, every 15 minutes from 8am to 10pm. There were 28 horses initially, with stables built at Grangetown to accommodate 58.

    Electric trams ran from 1902, with the No 1 route between Clarence Road, along Corporation Road, Clare Road and across the junction here into Lower Cathedral Road and Berthwern Street. From 1904, a service also ran between Clive Street and Splott via Penarth Road and Custom House Street.

    The plans for the depot in 1900, which was built at the Clare Road end of Pendyris Street

    In 1923, the tram depot was extended

    There was also a tram depot just under the bridge from here in Pendyris Street - built by DW Davies between 1900 and 1902, which initially housed 31 cars and by the 1920s 23 cars. There were originally five of the distinctive red-brick gables, but another six were added when the building was extended in 1923. It was a trolley bus depot from 1942, housed its last tram in 1946 and stopped being a depot altogether in 1953. It still stands as a listed building - "as a rare surviving large building from a major tramway
    system, illustrating the transport history of Wales' largest city.” It was a council vehicle maintenance garage for half a century until 2013. There was a short-lived plan to convert it into a modern gallery and arts space, but Cardiff failed in a bid to become European City of Culture in 2008. Then after being put up for sale, plans were submitted by a private developer to create a residential/business hub which also will have an arts centre, performance and community space. The project, called The Tramshed. will hopefully take place in 2015.

    The Rev BOB JONES, now of Newport Pemb, writes of his childhood memories of Grangetown and particularly the trams.

    "My grandparents lived in Warwick Place and traded as Wm Aplin and Sons Coal Merchants. There were two sons Bill, who looked after the coal side, and Fred, who was a furniture remover. His pride and joy was his van whivh he bought new in 1938, it was a Ford - was it BUH 318 ? I really do forget.The body was fitted by William Lewis of Tudor Lane. My cousin Stan was also the grandson of Squires the Bakers in Clare Rd. He was older than me but we shared the same interest in transport. Often we would watch the Foden and Sentinal Steam lorries which brought the flour to the bakery in Clare Rd and watch as Stan's father lifted the bags, using a block and tackle into the loft, over the bakehouse. At this time the building on the other side of the lane was a flourishing synagogue.

    "Another favourite place was the corner of North Clive Street where we would stand and watch the new single deck trams as they glided down Clive Street to their terminus.Occasionally we would see a double decker on service 12, the single deckers were on service 7. Both ran to Roath Docka and Splott, the No 7's via Penarth Rd with its low bridges and then through Adam St to Splott; the No 12's via Clare Road and town to Adamsdown Square and Splott. Sadly both of these services ceased in October 1936 being replaced by motor buses. The 12's offered a new service via Paget St to Ferry Rd. My interest lies in the history of this tram service. The electric cars began running iin 1904,replacing the Cardiff District and Penarth Harbour Co.'s horse tramcars.The depot for these horse cars was at the bottom of Clive Street and I think still exists today as a garage".

    Grangetown Local History Society

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    Other Cardiff community websites: Butetown Canton Cathays Danescourt Lisvane Pontcanna Radyr Rhiwbina Roath Splott/Tremorfa St Mellons Tongwynlais Whitchurch/Llandaff North

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