Local History Society

The end of the viaduct

The Radyr and Morganstown Local History Society meets regularly at the Old Church Rooms for a series of talks on topics of local interest. Some recent talks have included the History of Cardiff, the Vikings in Wales and the Parish of Pentyrch. We also organise local history walks, e.g. walking the Penarth Docks. Recent trips took in Caerleon, Dinefwr Castle and New Town House, Llanmihangel and Highclere Castle.


Allan Cook – Chairman
Brian Pearce – Treasurer
Marie John
Maureen Morgan
Janet Pearce
Jane Parry
Jane Woodward

The position of Secretary is vacant.



All evening talks take place in the Old Church Rooms at 7.30 pm unless otehrwise stated.  All are welcome.

Thurs. 15 March.  “I hope that we have a good passage”.
The letters of Capt. Daniel Jenkins 1902-1911. An account of the voyage of a typical tramp steamer’s master. Dr. David Jenkins.

Thursday 12April.
This year the Cardiff Naturalists Society celebrates its 150th anniversary.  Over those years the Cardiff Naturalists have recorded many important historical events and finds in the Cardiff area.  Their chairman, Andy Kendall, will give us an outline of the Society’s importance in many fields.

Sunday 6 May. Festival Walk.
Allan Cook will lead a walk of about one mile, around the city of Llandaff. Meet at 2.30 p.m. At the entrance to Llandaff Castle on the green.

Thurs. 24 May. A visit to Newport Transporter Bridge.
Newport transporter bridge is about to close for another period of restoration. See this important landmark before it closes. Not only cross on the gondola but walk up to the top of the bridge with its panoramic views. Charge £4. Meet at the bridge at 11 a.m. Allan will give those attending details of parking and lunch.

Thurs 28 June. Annual coach trip to Worcester. Coach will leave Radyr at 8.30 a.m. Leave Worcester at 5 p.m. Cost of coach £11.
We will have a guided tour of the Cathedral at 2.15 p.m. Amongst the highlights are the chantry chapel of Prince Arthur, eldest son of Henry VII and the tomb of King John. Guided tour is £5.50. If you are interested a further tour can be arranged of the Cathedral Library, price £5. Otherwise you can have some tea in the excellent cloister cafe.

As the cathedral is in the centre of Worcester, we will not be making arrangements for lunch. In the morning you can explore Worcester under your own steam, visit the Civil War Commandery, or the newly restored Worcester China Works and Museum. Both visits £5.

Thurs 20 Sept. Visit to the National Museum Stores in Nantgarw.
Museums only show about 10% of their collection and the National Museum is no exception. The store contains everything from steam engine’s to railway memorabilia, from Gilbern cars to helicopters, and boats to buses. We have arranged two visits on this day at 11.am. and 2 p.m. Each tour is restricted to groups of 25 max. Please say which tour you want. They will be allocated on a first come basis. If the numbers warrant a further tour will be added. Entry is free. Lunch will be taken at the Red Kite Pub at the top of Nantgarw Hill.

Thurs. 18 October. Ruperra Castle near Newport is an almost forgotten gem.
Pat Jones Jenkins of the preservation society will talk about the castle.

Thurs. 15 Nov.  Rosemary Scadden on Welsh Girls in Service.

Thurs 10 Jan. 2019. Annual Dinner.

Thurs. 14 Feb. 2019. AGM.

For more details contact Allan Cook on 2084 3176 or at cookatradyr222@gmail.com



The Local History Society has produced a series of historical works on the parish.


A history of Radyr and Morganstown.

You can download a free copy of this book here


This was the first of the Society’s ‘Occasional Publications’, and was originally issued in 1997. It is a fascinating account of the history of Radyr & Morganstown, written at the end of the 19th century.

This scan has been taken from the paired pages of a disbound copy, and needs to be read in ‘criss-cross’ fashion, following the page numbers carefully! 


The memories of life in Radyr and Morganstown in the early 20th century. Published in 1993.

You can download a free copy of this book here

Wartime Memories of R & M People
Personal Memories of the war years. Not strictly a Local History Society publication, it was compiled by Allan Cook using audio recordings and published with assistance from lottery grants. You can download a free copy of this book here.

A 43-minute DVD of the History of Radyr and Morganstown, introduced and narrated by tv presenter Robin Jones, is available from Allan Cook, 54 Pentwyn, Radyr, CF15 8RE at a price of £5.00 including postage and packaging.



Radyr and Morganstown Local History Society