Life on The Heath

The Making of a Cardiff Suburb

by Gareth Williams

Merton Priory Press are delighted to announce the publication of the first-ever book about The Heath, one of the largest suburbs in Cardiff, which has a long and fascinating history on which little has previously been written.

Originally a large tract of rough ground on the edge of the medieval town of Cardiff, crossed by the main road to Caerphilly (now the A469), with an evil reputation for highwaymen and other hazards, the Heath was enclosed by Cardiff Corporation at the beginning of the nineteenth century, when a race-course was laid out on the land, which flourished for nearly fifty years. A new mansion, called The Heath, was also built there by the Lewis family of Llanishen.

Towards the end of the nineteenth century, as Cardiff expanded rapidly, land was released for building on the Heath and the familiar network of streets branching from Whitchurch Road, Heathwood Road and Caerphilly Road was laid out, criss-crossing the district. Later on, industrial estates were developed on Maesycoed Road and elsewhere, as well as the College of Education in Heath Park and, most important, the University Hospital of Wales.

Gareth Williams, a retired schoolteacher who has lived in the Heath for many years, has assembled a wealth of fascinating information about the history of the district from the earliest times right up to the present day. His book also contains over 40 maps and pictures, most of them not previously published. This is a title which everyone who lives in the Heath or has family connections with the district will want to buy.

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112 pp.

ISBN 1 898937 30 3