Suburbs of Cardiff
Rumney and Llanrumney are fairly new suburbs of Cardiff. Previously both were rural parishes in Monmouthshire. The surrounding lands in Llanrumney were bought by compulsory order in the mid 1950's. Rumney and Llanrumney have seen massive expansion and are now thriving communities. Rumney and Llanrumney are very sought after locations. On main route into City Centre and easy access to the major roads (M4, A470, A48, A4232). Good selection of primary and secondary schools; local corner shops on Newport Road and Countisbury Avenue; playing fields; gardens; restaurants and pubs.
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History of Rumney and Llanrumney
Much of the land around this area was bequeathed to the church after the Norman Conquest by the Lord of Glamorgan in the 12th century. The monks built a small chapel where Llanrumney Hall stands.
Sir Henry Morgan is a reknown character born in 1635 at Llanrumney Hall. He joined a ship bound for the Barbados to make his fortune. Instead he was sold, worked himself out out bondage, joined a gang of pirates and who later became their leader. Henry Morgan and his crew captured Panama and broke the Spanish hold in the Caribbean. Henry Morgan was brave leader but who also was treacherous. He managed to cheat his men out of their share of the booty.
Henry Morgan was caught in 1672 brought back to England for trial and was convicted. Henry Morgan persuaded Charles II of his worth and was released, knighted and offered the post of Deputy Govenor to Jamaica.
After the dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII the estate passed to the Kemys family in the 16th century and remained in this family till the 20th century. In 1951 Llanrumney Hall and it's surrounding parklands were sold by compulsory purchase order to Cardiff City Council for the public housing.
- St. Augustine Church, built in the 12th century. A place of worship for over 800 years. The church has 6 bells the oldest dating back to 1700s. We can often hear the parishioners practising ringing changes. Very relaxing on a sunny summer Sunday.
- Romney Castle Pub on Wentloog Road.
- Rumney Police Station. One of the main stations serving Cardiff.
- The Carpenters Arm & The Olde Cross Inn
- Eastern Leisure Centre and playing fields
- The Monkstone Inn
- Royal British Legion
- Contisbury Avenue Shoping Centre
- Rumney High & St Illtyds High School
- Rumney Memorial Hall
Food and Drink
- The Sir Henry Morgan, Newport Road. Recently refurbished in 2010. This is a great family orientated pub with plenty of space for the children to play. They offer a good selection of food at reasonable prices from the kitchen. The staff are friendly and very efficient. Pub Quiz night on Wednesday nights. Regular opening hours during the week and closes at 12 midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.
- Rumney Conservative Club, Newport Road. Private members club. Mark the Steward and Chris warmly welcome members and visitors. Very active skittles teams. Petanque or Boule players wanted. Belly dancing classes on Thursday nights. Open till 12.oo pm except Sunday and Monday. Great value for money.
David Lloyd Health Club, Ipswich Road one of the best health and sport clubs in Cardiff. The staff are friendly and very helpful. The raqcquet sports are located in the ground floor: 4 glass backed squash courts; 4 badminton courts; 7 in-door and 7 out-door tennis courts; toddlers paddling pool; in-door 25 meter and out-door 20 meter swimming pool; steam room; Sauna; and whirlpool.
Sports and Leisure Activities
- Eastern Leisure Centre and Playing fields, Llanrumney Avenue. Facilities include: 5 solid back squash courts; fully equipped fitness studio; dance studio; activity area; 25 meter swimming pool. The staff organise regular Aerobics; Keep Fit; Yoga; Canoeing and Life Saving; Circuit classes throughout the week. Junior claases include: Squash coaching; Trampolining; Gymnastics and Soccer classes. Clubs include: Kung Fu; Shotokan; Slimming World; Tae Kwon Do; Aikido (Cardiff Sho Bu Kan Club); Cardiff Junior and Senior Badminton club; Chameleons Swimming Club. Flood lit outdoor 5 a Side hard football pitch.
We love to swim in the heated outdoor pool. It is such a different experience to cool down in this pool after a good work out in the gym. Very, very popular on sunny summer days.
The air conditioned gym and dance studio is located on the first floor. Gym team organises group exercise classes through the week: Spin; High-Lo Body Pump; in-door and out-door circuit; Boxercise classes to name a few.
Cafe Bar and restaurant serve breakfasts, lunches and evening meals. Snacks and drinks at reasonable prices. After an early morning workout, the fresh fruit salad makes you feel soo healthy, or you could try their fried enegiser breakfasts. Don't miss the Prawn Arrabiata Tagliatelle(hot and spicy Italian style), yummy!. Fabulous value Sunday lunches.
Rumney Rugby Football Club, Hartland Road, Riverside Park. A very active club which feeds Cardiff Blues. There are many teams including youth and junior age groups. Active social side to this club. In the Summer, they play Welsh baseball on the Eastern Leisure Centre playing fields.
Rumney Hill Garden, Newport Road. Cardiff Council run gardens. The tennis courts were a favourate past time during the Summer vacations 25pence for a 45 minutes play. There are 4 hard stand Tennis Courts and a lawn Green Bowl square.
Fishpond Wood, Uphill Road, Llanrumney. Area of open grassland and woods in Llanrumney. The wooded area consist of oak, alder and birch trees.
Rhymney Trail. Footpath and cycle trail recently developed by Cardiff Council. The trail runs alongside Rhmney River and starts on the foreshore and extends towards Llanederyn village. Cardiff Council have plans to extend the footpath and cycle trail beyond into the local countryside.
Parc Tredelerch was developed by Cardiff Council in 2001. The park was opened in 2003 with the emphasis on conservation and wildlife. The 4 hectare lake forms the centre piece of the park and is stocked with fish. The lake has attracted a wide range of wildlife and is very popular with local residents and angliers.
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Schooling and Education
Schools in Wales lists all the local authority schools in Wales and provides you with the first step in finding a good school for your children. Here is a list of some of the schools we know of
- Bryn Hafod Primary School (Independent), Blagdon Close, Llanrumney
- Pen-Y-Bryn Primary School, Dunster Road, Llanrumney
- St. Mellons C.I.W. Primary School, Dunster Road, Llanrumney
- St. Cadoc's Primary School, Shaw Close, Llanrumney
- Glan-Yr-Afon Primary School, Browing Close, Llanrumney
- Trowbridge Infant School, Glan-Y-Mor Road, Trowbridge
- Oakfield Primary School, Ferntree Drive, St. Mellons
- Greenway Primary School, Llanstephen Road, Rumney
- St. Illtyds R.C. High School, Newport Road, Rumney
- St. Johns College Primary and State school, Newport Road, Old St. Mellons
- Llanrumney High School, Ball Road, Llanrumney
- Rumney High School, Newport Road, Rumney