Roath People: Anne Bell

I live near Roath Park and have always felt lucky to have the park with its diversity of plant and animal life right on my doorstep.  Three years ago I started collecting old postcards of Roath Park and realised what a long history it has and what a bold undertaking it was in the 1880s to create Cardiff’s first public park in Roath.  I now spend a lot of my spare time looking for stories and historical facts about Roath Park!

I have a lot of cards of Roath Park’s bandstand, the earliest posted in 1905.  I didn’t know that Roath Park used to have a bandstand or that in the early 1900s thousands of people would visit the park for the band performances.

Sharing the postcards is one of the pleasures of collecting them.  You can see some of my collection at

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