"A diverse and compelling online resource that makes the city’s rich history accessible to everyone" - Who Do You Think You Are? magazine

"For a wonderfully comprehensive chronicle of Grangetown history since those drunken monks turned up..." - Dan O'Neill - South Wales Echo

Grangetown Local History Society meets every month in Cardiff at Grangetown Library Hub, Havelock Place, on the first Friday of month (2pm-4pm). All are welcome to come along, and bring photos and stories if you have them. Next meeting: Friday 3rd February, 2-4pm

Grangetown Local History Society holds its monthly meetings back at the Grangetown Libary Hub - in the new community room, with an adjoining cafe. Members travelling by car should note that parking is strictly limited although there are disabled spaces. Street parking is available outside in Havelock Place, also in nearby Bishop Street and North Street. There are regular No 8 and No 9/9A buses - use the stop in Clare Road.

We are a group of people interested in local history, many Grangetown born and bred, but others who have come to live in the area. We also welcome visitors, including people from overseas on a visit back to their roots! Email: grcarinfo@yahoo.co.uk

Click on the images in the map above for an online history of Grangetown

Click here for older Grangetown Local History Society news and photos

Displays: The society displays photos, slideshows and audio memories at local community events and fairs, including the annual Grangetown Festival in June. It has also taken part in local and family history fairs and exhibited at the local library.

Calendar: We publish an annual calendar, showing popular historical scenes and old photos of Grangetown past, in the run-up to Christmas. They prove popular collector's items. They are available annually from Young's grocers in Penarth Road, Clark's Pies in Bromsgrove Street and Verdi's chemist, post office and store in Clare Road, with a price of £3. Mail order options also available.

Audio history: We are involved in an ongoing audio history project, collecting memories from Grangetown people of times and people in the past. If you would like to take part - home visits can be arranged - contact us below. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with connections to north Grangetown/Saltmead.

Archive: We are always collecting photos and memories to build up our growing archive of Grangetown history. We are currently starting to digitise our archive and files of photos, which is quite a long term task. We are always interested in hearing from people with old photos. Even some old family photos can sometimes reveal something about the local area or a particular time. We can arrange to scan and return photos, as well as take digital copies.

Grangetown and World War I: We are creating an online version of the Grangetown War Memorial, in time to mark the centenary of World War I breaking out. It involves researching the details of the men on the memorial - as well as other casualties with Grangetown connections who were not recorded. A separate website has been created - www.grangetownwar.co.uk and will be updated as the project progresses. We held a commemoration event at Grange Gardens on 2nd August and held an exhibition at Grangetown Library in 2014. See below for more details.

Books: A third book Old Grangetown Memories Book Two was published in 2013. Copies are available on eBay. Old Grangetown Memories Book One was published in June 2011 and quickly sold out. There are two other books Old Grangetown Shops and Memories and Old Grangetown Memories Book Two which have also sold out but both should still available to borrow from the Central and Grangetown libraries.

Visits: We undertake occasional visits - these have included Cardiff Museum, Glamorgan Archives, Margam Abbey, Risca Museum and the Cardiff Bay Barrage. Members have also joined in research projects involving the early history of Cardiff docklands and how it came about, with the Glamorgan Archive and Parlimentary archive.

Society notes: January 2017

The Grange Pub is to reopen soon and it was agreed to produce a folder for the new owners containing information on the history of the pub. The Society has a number of documents that were rescued from the pub when it was closed. It was also agreed to mount an exhibition there at some time if the owners wished. Steve suggested that the history of the pub could be made into a Fact Sheet and will attend to it when he can.

Butetown History Society. The Society has set out very ambitious plans for making it the centre of information on the coal trade and the resultant growth of Cardiff. It will be taking up residence in the refurbished Coal Exchange. It was noted that such a commercially-minded group may not be a perfect match culturally for our society but that remains to be seen. It was agreed that we should investigate how or if we can collaborate with them in some way. However, the wholesale handing over of our archive would not be on the agenda.

Baptist Chapel archives. At our previous meeting, Ray Shaw brought along a selection of material on the church, or chapel. This has been digitised. He pointed out that there was much more to see. The meeting thanked him for sharing the documents with us.

Documents donated by Lesley Smith. It was reported last time that Lesley, who lives in Pembroke Dock, had donated a number of very interesting items and these were passed around for examination. Zena Mabbs has written a thank-you letter on our behalf.

Grange Moor. Last year, Rita Spinola gave a very interesting talk on the history of the creation of this hill between Ferry Road and the river Ely and its features. In due course, this will be made into a Fact Sheet so that the information can be distributed to members.

Calendars. Monies owing were collected at the meeting. Unfortunately, sales were not as good as last year, probably because there was no promotion in the Echo.

Calendar still on sale

Grangetown Local History Society's popular calendar is still on sale in the shops, priced £3.

The 2017 edition promises again to be a stocking filler and copies usually sell out.

You can buy them at the following businesses:


For postal copies please phone 029 20 345962

A look back at 2016

A snowy scene by the old library off Clive Street

This year has been a busy one for Grangetown Local History Society. So much so, it is easy to forget just how much we have achieved. Here are a few of the more notable events and projects we undertook in 2016: