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The Furry Afternoon in Cardiff...."10th June 1 week 2 days ago #3643922

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And finally Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground for the first time since 2019
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My granddaughter, a hardworking nurse, has recently come back from a short break in Cardiff Bay ( not cricket) but she had a wonderful time and will be going again. Lovely photographs.
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Well posted, Sirfurryanimal. In your first collage of photos I see part of the Royal Hamadryad Hospital, the red building, with cannons outside it.

The Royal Hamadryad Hospital was a seamen's hospital and later a psychiatric hospital in the docklands area of Cardiff, Wales. It had replaced a hospital ship, the former HMS Hamadryad, in 1905. After it closed in 2002 the site was redeveloped for residential use.
In 1866 a 43-year-old frigate, HMS Hamadryad, was towed from Dartmouth to Cardiff and fitted out as a hospital ship at a cost of £2,791.[1] The town's Medical Officer of Health, Dr Henry Paine, had identified the need for a seamen's hospital because of the many diseases that were brought to the docks by sailors from overseas.[1] A piece of waste ground in Cardiff Docks known as Rat Island was donated by the Marquis of Bute and the hospital ship opened for patients in November 1866. In its first year it admitted 400 patients and the free treatment was funded by a levy of two shillings per hundred tons of shipping at Cardiff Docks.[1] The hospital ship was to remain at this site until 1905, when a permanent hospital was opened. Hamadryad was refloated and towed away to be scrapped.[1]

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Hamadryad_Hospital

To mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897, a decision was made to build a permanent bricks-and-mortar seamen's hospital close to the site of the hospital ship.[1] By that time 10,000 seamen (in-patients and out-patients) were being treated each year.[2] The Marquis of Bute, on his death in 1900, bequeathed £20,000 towards the cost of the new building and this was augmented by additional subscriptions of £12,000 and the proceeds of a bazaar, which raised £4,400.[3] A brand new hospital building was constructed in red brick, stone and terracotta immediately to the west of the ship site, designed by E.W.M. Corbett,[4] the architect of the Marquis of Bute's estates. The architectural historian John Newman described the design as "An ebullient performance in [Corbett's] favourite Queen-Anne-cum-Jacobean style".[5] The foundation stone was laid on 7 August 1902 by the 4th Marquess of Bute, son of the testator.[6] Named the Royal Hamadryad Hospital, the new building was opened by the Marquess on 29 June 1905.[7]

I always found it strange how the "Bute" family, who's seat is on the Isle of Bute just off the coast of West Scotland owned so much land in and around Cardiff.They were one of the richest families in Europe.

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Thank you Sirfurryanimal for posting these photographs of Cardiff for everyone to enjoy.

The photographs of Bute Park.............
Bute Park (Welsh: Parc Bute) or its full name Bute Park and Arboretum (Welsh: Barc a Gardd Goed Bute), is a major park in the city of Cardiff, capital of Wales. It comprises 130 acres (53 ha) of landscaped gardens and parkland that once formed the grounds of Cardiff Castle.
The park is named after the 3rd Marquess of Bute, whose family owned the castle.

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Of interest to gardeners............... The annual RHS Show Cardiff has been held in Bute Park since 2005.




2000 YEARS OF HISTORY
Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. Located within beautiful parklands at the heart of the capital’s city centre, Cardiff Castle’s Romanesque walls and fairytale towers conceal 2,000 years of history.


FIRST IT WAS A ROMAN FORT

The first Roman fort at Cardiff was probably established at the end of the 50s AD, on a strategic site that afforded easy access to the sea. The original intention was presumably to help subdue the local tribe’s people, who were known as the Silures. Archaeological excavations have indicated that a series of four forts, each a different size, occupied the present site at different times. The final fort was built in stone and impressive remains of these Roman walls can still be seen today. After the fall of the Roman Empire the fort may well have been abandoned, although the settlement outside remained and likely took its name from Caer-Taff, meaning fort on the Taff.

THEN A NORMAN STRONGHOLD
After the Norman conquest, the Castle’s keep was built, re-using the site of the Roman fort. The first keep on the motte, erected by Robert Fitzhamon, Norman Lord of Gloucester, was probably built of wood. Further medieval fortifications and dwellings followed over the years.

THEN
VICTORIAN PALACE

The Castle passed through the hands of many noble families until in 1766, it passed by marriage to the Bute family. The 2nd Marquess of Bute was responsible for turning Cardiff into the world’s greatest coal exporting port. The Castle and Bute fortune passed to his son John, the 3rd Marquess of Bute, who by the 1860s was reputed to be the richest man in the world.




WORLD WAR 2

During the war years, from 1939 – 1945, Cardiff Castle played what will probably be the last defensive role in its long history. With the threat of aerial bombardment by the Nazi’s Luftwaffe hanging over the city, air raid shelters were created within tunnels in the Castle’s walls. When the sirens sounded, almost 2000 residents could take shelter here, protected by the layers of masonry and earth banks above.


A GIFT TO THE CITY

Following the death of the 4th Marquess of Bute, the family decided to give the Castle and much of its parkland to the city of Cardiff. For 25 years, the Castle was home to the National College of Music and Drama and since 1974 has become one of Wales’ most popular visitor attractions.
www.cardiffcastle.com/history/

There are more castles in Wales than anywhere else. I once attended a Medieval Banquet in the huge cellars of Cardiff Castle. Also after WW2 Military Searchlight Tattoos were held in the Castle Grounds, and I, as a child, remember seeing soldiers absailing down the walls of the Keep
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The Furry Afternoon in Cardiff...."10th June 1 week 1 day ago #3644123

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I’m not sure the hospital building is still there...although it did look a bit like the Pierhead building which is what i photographed.
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Strange how they built the Hamadryad and the Pierhead Building out of red brick so they stand out isn't it.

I have looked it up and you are right SirFurry, I apologise. You photographed the Pierhead building as you said.

www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/fo...ould-finally-9701979

Former Cardiff hospital could finally be turned into affordable housing if developers get green light
Planners will meet on Wednesday to discuss the latest scheme for the former Royal Hamadryad Hospital site

ByRuth MosalskiPolitical Editor
18:05, 21 JUL 2015

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Royal Hamadryad General and Seamens Hospital building, Cardiff.
A former hospital in Butetown could finally be transformed into affordable housing, if planners again give the scheme the green light.
A previous application for houses and flats to be built on land at the former Royal Hamadryad Hospital site in Butetown had already been approved.
This latest application is for an apartment block involving 55 affordable homes.
They would be located behind the existing hospital site, which now serves as a mental health day care facility.
That will not be affected by this proposal.


You can see the Pierhead Building in the background when the Welsh news is read on BBC1 each evening.
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Keeper wrote: Strange how they built the Hamadryad and the Pierhead Building out of red brick so they stand out isn't it.

I have looked it up and you are right SirFurry, I apologise. You photographed the Pierhead building as you said.

www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/fo...ould-finally-9701979

Former Cardiff hospital could finally be turned into affordable housing if developers get green light
Planners will meet on Wednesday to discuss the latest scheme for the former Royal Hamadryad Hospital site

ByRuth MosalskiPolitical Editor
18:05, 21 JUL 2015

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Royal Hamadryad General and Seamens Hospital building, Cardiff.
A former hospital in Butetown could finally be transformed into affordable housing, if planners again give the scheme the green light.
A previous application for houses and flats to be built on land at the former Royal Hamadryad Hospital site in Butetown had already been approved.
This latest application is for an apartment block involving 55 affordable homes.
They would be located behind the existing hospital site, which now serves as a mental health day care facility.
That will not be affected by this proposal.


You can see the Pierhead Building in the background when the Welsh news is read on BBC1 each evening.

I am obviously missing something because it sounds like the hospital building is still there....but i have no idea where.Must get on google maps.

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Hamadryad Centre (CMHT)
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Mental health service in Cardiff, Wales
COVID-19 info: cavuhb.nhs.wales
Address: Hamadryad Rd, Cardiff CF10 5UY
Hours: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Mon
Phone: 029 2046 3488


Present name. Royal Hamadryad Day Hospital (EMI). Previous name(s). Royal Hamadryad Seamen's Hospital; Royal Hamadryad General
Hunter Street The Docks Cardiff CF1 6UQ

Some websites say it closed in 1995.

Others say it is still open as a psyciatric hospital for geriatrics.

South West CMHT (Hamadryad Centre)

This team covers the areas of Cardiff Bay, Butetown, Grangetown, Riverside, Canton and Pontcanna, Cardiff.

Wheelchair access is via the main entrance door. All consulting rooms are on the Ground Floor.

The team does not have any formal arrangements for languages spoken other than English. However, interpreters can be accessed for most languages as required.

Contact:
Integrated Team Manager - Phillip Ball
Lead Community Mental Health Nurse -Cerian Evans
Lead Social Worker -Kay Morgan
Lead Occupational Therapist -Peter Hewin
CMHT Lead Administrator -Tracy Ghelali

The Hamadryad Centre, Hamadryad Road, Butetown, Cardiff CF10 5UY

Tel: 029 2046 3488
Fax: 029 2048 5894

It says that it is open 9am Monday.

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