Cardiff Bay has some fabulous old big buildings, often now occupied by social enterprises or artists among others. Dock Chambers on Bute Street is one example.
Bute Street was constructed in 1830 by the 2nd Marquis of Bute as the main road to the docks during industrial development and remained the major road through Butetown before recent redevelopment into Cardiff Bay.
The embellishments of the buildings signal their role as headquarters of past industrial power: now Butetown Arts & History Centre keeps the Butetown peoples’ archives among its functions. Next door, BayArt Gallery has artists’ studios – it’s a creative area. Some of these are Grade II listed buildings.
Also Grade II listed, Cardiff Bay station building is looking a bit sorry for itself, although trains run every 12 minutes from Queen Street to the platform and it has lots of people passing its boarded windows.
Shrubs festoon windows and the chimney in dystopian fashion. It was built in 1843 for the Taff Vale Railway which carried coal from the Valleys to the docks.
Like most of Cardiff, there are alleys and I like this one, photographed in both sunshine and cold rain. There’s more to the Bay than modern buildings.
Until January 11th, after a stroll admiring the buildings and fantastic past, you can still pop into Butetown History & Arts Centre CF10 5AG and enjoy the Women’s Arts Exhibition “Additions” in the Diversity Gallery.
These are by Melanie Wotton, Patricia McKenna-Jones and Shirley Anne Owen.