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  • Stuart's Photography - » Radyr
    Posted by Stuart Herbert on September 20th 2010 in Historical Radyr Single Shot Series This bridge clearly visible from the modern day City Line south of Radyr Railway Station used to carry trains across the River Taff across Hailey Park upon an embankment to link up with the main TVR line at Ty Mawr Bridge This branch line was used to provide an alternative route into the railway sidings at Radyr Yard Radyr Yard itself is gone closed in 1993 replaced by a modern housing estate the railway embankment through Hailey Park has been removed and all that remains is the bridge itself fenced off but still spanning the Taff serving no obvious useful purpose any more References Hailey Park A History Radyr Yard Radyr History PDF doc Cardiff Taff Vale Signalbox Visit TVR Other Structures including information about the line through Hailey Park Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Latest Photos Categories A4054 Merthyr Road A469 A470 Trunk Road A473 A48 Abercanaid Administrative Articles Opinion Post Production Barry Barry Docks Barry Railway Brecon and Merthyr Railway Bristol Channel Bute Dock Feeder Bute Docks Caerphilly Cardiff Cardiff Railway Church Village Coal Education Edwardsville Egwlysilan Equipment Financial Font y gary Forest Farm Glamorganshire Canal Great Western Railway Gwaelod y Garth Hawthorn and Upper Boat Historical Iron Steel Junction Canal Leisure Llwyn Onn Local Sites South Wales M4

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Rhymney Railway
    posts from back in the day standing beside the Taff Trail as it runs along the route of the former Rhymney Railway As you can see this particular stretch is long straight and very green with not a lot to see Not far from the start of Penrhos Cutting the other Taff Trail route which runs along the old Barry Railway line that used to go over Walnut Tree Viaduct joins the Rhymney Railway route I m planning on covering the other Taff Trail route at a later date When you get to Penrhos Cutting the trail goes under this bridge I ll talk about the bridge more in the next photo What you re seeing isn t rain It was a very dry very sunny day and when I angled my Nikon D300s up towards the sun these strange streaks of purple light appeared on the image I think it looks better as black and white but if anyone really wants me to I ll upload the colour original for you to see for yourself A little saner than my last shot here s the bridge at Penrhos Cutting that the Taff Trail goes under before its climb up Nantgarw Hill It doesn t take a lot to imagine local boys standing up on the bridge waiting to be engulfed as a steam train huffs and puffs its way up the valley from Walnut Tree Junction Maybe the driver blew the train s whistle for them as his train passed by It s a romanticism that our modern railways with their sealed carriages and grumbling motors simply can t compete with Who knows when oil finally starts to run out maybe we ll all be forced back to a second age of steam At the foot of Penrhos Cutting the intrepid explorer has a choice He can continue along the Taff Trail cycle route 8 to Nantgarw and on to Pontypridd or he can continue to follow the old Rhymney Railway line up Nantgarw Hill and into Penrhos Cutting If you leave the Taff Trail and decide to continue to follow the Rhymney Railway route up Nantgarw Hill instead this takes you into Penrhos Cutting and on to Caerphilly At the far end of the cutting approx 2 miles stands Penrhos Junction which I ll cover at a later date Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry 3 comments Dawn On Caerphilly Mountain Posted by Stuart Herbert on November 7th 2007 in Caerphilly Merthyr Road Modern Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway Rhymney Railway Shoot View all the photos taken at Dawn on Caerphilly

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  • Stuart's Photography - » River Ely
    showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Street Art Pont y Werin Posted by Stuart Herbert on October 14th 2010 in Cardiff Leisure Modern Penarth River Ely Single Shot Series Walking Routes Earlier this year a new footbridge called Pont y Werin was opened across the River Ely connecting Penarth and Cardiff Bay and providing a circular walk cycle path around the bay and the Cardiff Barrage The banks of the Ely at this point are buried beneath modern apartment developments and when you throw in the marina too the area is a microcosm of how Cardiff has changed since the docks closed At the eastern end of the bridge is a striking art installation of two men and a young girl They are simple silhouettes best viewed from a distance and they really catch the eye no matter which side of the bridge you are approaching from Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Balconies and Streetlights Pont y Werin Posted by Stuart Herbert on October 7th 2010 in Cardiff Modern Penarth River Ely Single Shot Series Earlier this year a new footbridge called Pont y Werin was opened across the River Ely connecting Penarth and Cardiff Bay and providing a circular walk cycle path around the bay and the Cardiff Barrage The banks of the Ely at this point are buried beneath modern apartment developments and when you throw in the marina too the area is a microcosm of how Cardiff has changed since the docks closed This is a shot of the apartment balconies that overhang the path that runs along the eastern bank of the Ely In the background you can see the bridge that connects the bay road to Penarth and Barry Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Latest Photos Categories A4054 Merthyr Road A469 A470

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  • Stuart's Photography - » River Rhondda
    reference to it online and unfortunately RCT s own website doesn t leave old news articles published grrrr I ve a memory of reading that this was conceived along with Unity to help promote Pontypridd I must be mistaken on that part because the Chain Link Arches have so few hits on Google that it is as if no one knew it was there Unfortunately I ve been unable to find out anything more about this piece of art If you know who the artist was when it was first installed and when it was finally removed I d love to hear from you in the comments below Copyright c 2010 Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Beneath Brunel s Bridge Posted by Stuart Herbert on June 16th 2010 in Modern Photos Pontypridd River Rhondda Shoot Taff Vale Railway Modern day Valley Lines The view from Mill Street Pontypridd looking up at one of the TVR bridges built by Brunel in 1840 Copyright c 2010 Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all Be the first to leave a comment Latest Photos Categories A4054 Merthyr Road A469 A470 Trunk Road A473 A48 Abercanaid Administrative Articles Opinion Post Production Barry Barry Docks Barry Railway Brecon and Merthyr Railway Bristol Channel Bute Dock Feeder Bute Docks Caerphilly Cardiff Cardiff Railway Church Village Coal Education Edwardsville Egwlysilan Equipment Financial Font y gary Forest Farm Glamorganshire Canal Great Western Railway Gwaelod y Garth Hawthorn and Upper Boat Historical Iron Steel Junction Canal Leisure Llwyn Onn Local Sites South Wales M4 Motorway Manufacturing Margam Maritime Media Medical Melingriffith Melingriffith Feeder Merthyr Road By Era By Water Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr Vale Miscellaneous Sidings And Other Routes Modern Morganstown Nantgarw Navigation Modern day Abercynon News Penarth Pentyrch and Melingriffith Light

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  • Stuart's Photography - » River Taff
    of the bridge s structure shows it could do with a lick of paint to preserve it from the elements for a bit longer The old trackbed is long gone replaced by this wooden boarding Be careful in wet and icy weather I ve slipped and slided my way from one end of the bridge to the other on more than one occasion Taken from upstream looking south west along the River Taff to the bridge Doesn t it just look fine I don t think you ll find another one like it anywhere else along the length of the Taff Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry 3 comments Merthyr Road Rugby Post In Hailey Park Posted by Stuart Herbert on September 13th 2010 in Cardiff Glamorganshire Canal Historical River Taff Taff Trail Taff Vale Railway Modern day Valley Lines Hailey Park in Llandaff North nestles between the eastern bank of the River Taff and what would have been the western bank of the Glamorganshire Canal as the canal emerged from beside the tin works at Melingriffith Back when Radyr Yard still existed which today is the site of a new housing estate immediately south west of Radyr Railway Station a railway embankment ran through the northern end of the park s grounds crossing the River Taff over a now disused bridge to join what today we call the City Line In 1923 a Mr C P Hailey wrote to Cardiff Corporation offering the land to be transformed into a public park His offer was for the northern section of the park and subsequently a Mr Emile Andrews agreed to provide the land to the south of Mr Hailey s to form a single park Work began in 1925 and the park was opened on 3rd May 1926 forming a great open area that only became even more important when Cardiff Corporation closed the Glamorganshire Canal and built the Gabalfa housing estate Today the park is home to Llandaff North Rugby Club and the Taff Trail cycle route snakes its way up from the south west to the north east corner of the park A local community group works closely with the city council to improve the park but unfortunately they keep hitting setbacks as local yobs disrupt and vandalise the park The railway embankment that ran across the park is gone and the line of trees that run down the south east corner edge of the park is the last reminder to mark the route that the canal once took References Hailey Park A History Hailey Park on the Cardiff Council website

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Shoot
    the church like all of the original local housing are stone rather than brick There are several former quarry sites in the area it s likely that the stone didn t have far to travel Some of the walls have disappeared underneath the ivy growth with features such as this drain pipe doing their best to stand out until they too become overgrown This unusual shot looking up at the guttering shows wooden beams presumably from the roof sticking out from beneath the ivy The paint on the wood has largely flaked off I hope the wood is well treated There are wild berries sticking out of the otherwise overgrown grounds I m sure they didn t stay there for very long before someone came along and picked them This rusting lurid green fence runs around the small grounds of the church My eye was drawn to the contrast of this rusting wire and probably never will degrade plastic wrapped around the fence I m guessing that both have been used at some point to fasten notices of some kind to the fence Sadly the fence is in a poor state of repair and has broken or been broken at one point causing it to lean back away from the road and pavement References Rhondda Cynon Taff Borough Council Committee Summons 24th January 2008 St Matthews Church on Doctor Who Locations net St Matthews Church on Building Plots For Sale St Matthews Church closed on the Aberdare Blog Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry 2 comments Merthyr Road The Terracotta Church Posted by Stuart Herbert on September 17th 2010 in Glamorganshire Canal Modern Pontypridd Shoot St Matthews Church was built in 1908 in the middle of the Trallwn community not far from the Glamorganshire Canal as it approached Pontypridd Featuring unusual terracotta arches this large and now disused church is unmissable as you travel down the hill to the local shops The church is now closed and up for sale The local council has given planning permission to convert the site to residential use presumably the church will be demolished rather than adapted when this finally takes place At the time of writing it wasn t clear whether anyone has yet bought this site The Photos You can t travel far in the valleys without running into a usually former church or mission hall but to date I haven t seen any other church with these distinctive terracotta arches The church is quite sizeable much larger than the much more common mission halls there are two such halls in the same street alone Sadly vandals appear to taken to throwing stones at the what appear to be plain glass windows I wonder if this is why they ve been leaving the local greenhouses alone for a little while now There s no shortage of ivy clinging to the church s walls The church s distinctive terracotta features can be seen up close by the church s main doorway The main doorway uses two doors of a simple wooden design with an iron knocker and key hole on the left hand door Look up at the top of the doors this shot shows the shadow cast by the archway I like the simple pattern towards the top which makes me think of a tree The walls of the church like all of the original local housing are stone rather than brick There are several former quarry sites in the area it s likely that the stone didn t have far to travel Some of the walls have disappeared underneath the ivy growth with features such as this drain pipe doing their best to stand out until they too become overgrown This unusual shot looking up at the guttering shows wooden beams presumably from the roof sticking out from beneath the ivy The paint on the wood has largely flaked off I hope the wood is well treated There are wild berries sticking out of the otherwise overgrown grounds I m sure they didn t stay there for very long before someone came along and picked them This rusting lurid green fence runs around the small grounds of the church My eye was drawn to the contrast of this rusting wire and probably never will degrade plastic wrapped around the fence I m guessing that both have been used at some point to fasten notices of some kind to the fence Sadly the fence is in a poor state of repair and has broken or been broken at one point causing it to lean back away from the road and pavement References Rhondda Cynon Taff Borough Council Committee Summons 24th January 2008 St Matthews Church on Doctor Who Locations net St Matthews Church on Building Plots For Sale St Matthews Church closed on the Aberdare Blog Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry 3 comments Merthyr Road Railway Bridge Out Of Treforest Industrial Estate Posted by Stuart Herbert on September 16th 2010 in Coal Historical Manufacturing Miscellaneous Sidings And Other Routes Photos River Taff Shoot Treforest Industrial Estate Now a convenient shortcut for anyone using the Treforest Industrial Estate Railway Station on the old Taff Vale Railway line modern

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Shopping
    Dock The Bute Dock Feeder was built sometime between 1830 and 1836 Cardiff s Present Dominating the skyline is the futuristic looking apartment block recently featured in the BBC s Doctor Who spin off Torchwood Cardiff s Future See those cranes just poking out above the bushes on the left They re hard at work creating the St David s 2 Shopping Centre Want to know more Read the blog entry that accompanied my original black and white shoot as part of my Merthyr Road series on South Wales history 2 comments Lunch Time Shoot Tearing Down Cardiff Posted by Stuart Herbert on February 19th 2007 in Cardiff Merthyr Road Modern Shoot Shopping View these photos as part of my Cardiff set on Flickr It was a crazy week at work I clocked up 56 hours last week and I was by no means the only one but there was still time to pop over a couple of streets to where the demolition of Bridge Street is well under way The whole area is being cleared to make way for the St Davids 2 shopping centre complex which is due to open in 2009 Aim Of The Shoot Although I m currently looking around for a good urban landscape shot the real aim of the shoot was to switch off from work for a few minutes and give myself a little recharge over lunch Thoughts On The Day The demolition team have erected screens around the doomed buildings Whilst they protect the public from stray bits of rubble and some but not all of the dust created by the work the screens also prevent photographers from seeing much of what is going on Fortunately this is what car park roofs are for The only downside was that the car park stairwells were full of beggars and junkies obliviously shooting up The lifts were still in working order but I think that the safest way to do this would probably be to drive up onto the roof Favourite Photo From The Shoot My favourite photo from the shoot is a close up shot of the muncher about the tear up a little bit more building I think it s an appropriate metaphor for the way that our worship of the great God of Commercialism continues to eat away at everything that has gone before It is relentless in its pursuit of hoovering up more money The thing that gets me though is that I m not sure who is going to be doing the spending once all the new stops have opened The shops aren t replacements they are additional units There s only so much money to go around and folks can t live off credit forever Three Tips From The Shoot If you re trying to photograph a static subject keep an open mind on where you can move to to find the right view At street level everything was obscured by the safety screens but by finding a

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Taff Trail
    a comment Merthyr Road Rusting Gates Of Melingriffith School Posted by Stuart Herbert on October 11th 2010 in Historical Melingriffith Single Shot Series Taff Trail A few years ago Mrs H and I joined a large crowd on one of the local history walks organised by the Friends of Forest Farm The walk ended just beyond the Cardiff High School Old Boy s rugby ground where the Taff Trail emerges by the Melingriffith Water Pump and the reason this stuck in my mind was because of this set of rusting gates lying just inside the Old Boy s rugby ground s car park Our very knowledgeable guide pointed them out to us how many times had I walked or cycled past them without noticing them and told us a bit about them but unfortunately I can t remember any of the details and have had no luck in learning more via online searches If you can add to the history of these gates before they rust away completely please leave a comment below References Cardiff High School on Wikipedia Cardiff High School Old Boys RFC Friends of Forest Farm Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry 4 comments Merthyr Road This Way For Cycle Route 8 Posted by Stuart Herbert on October 4th 2010 in Barry Railway Glamorganshire Canal Miscellaneous Sidings And Other Routes Modern Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway Rhymney Railway River Taff Taff Trail The Taff Trail is a popular cycle and walking route that winds its way up from the barrage at Cardiff Bay through the Garth Gap into the valleys and north through Merthyr Tydfil and beyond to Brecon It is the southern leg of the national cycle route 8 and whether you walk it or cycle it much of its track up to Merthyr runs over older routes previously established by the Glamorganshire Canal the Barry Railway the Rhymney Railway the Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway and the Penydarren Tramroad amongst others References The Taff Trail website The Taff Trail on Wikipedia Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Rugby Post In Hailey Park Posted by Stuart Herbert on September 13th 2010 in Cardiff Glamorganshire Canal Historical River Taff Taff Trail Taff Vale Railway Modern day Valley Lines Hailey Park in Llandaff North nestles between the eastern bank of the River Taff and what would have been the western bank of the Glamorganshire Canal as the canal emerged from beside the tin works at Melingriffith Back when Radyr Yard still existed which today is the site of a new housing estate immediately south west of Radyr Railway Station a railway embankment ran through the northern end of the park s grounds crossing the River Taff over a now disused bridge to join what today we call the City Line In 1923 a Mr C P Hailey wrote to Cardiff Corporation offering the land to be transformed into a public park His offer was for the northern section of the park and subsequently a Mr Emile Andrews agreed to provide the land to the south of Mr Hailey s to form a single park Work began in 1925 and the park was opened on 3rd May 1926 forming a great open area that only became even more important when Cardiff Corporation closed the Glamorganshire Canal and built the Gabalfa housing estate Today the park is home to Llandaff North Rugby Club and the Taff Trail cycle route snakes its way up from the south west to the north east corner of the park A local community group works closely with the city council to improve the park but unfortunately they keep hitting setbacks as local yobs disrupt and vandalise the park The railway embankment that ran across the park is gone and the line of trees that run down the south east corner edge of the park is the last reminder to mark the route that the canal once took References Hailey Park A History Hailey Park on the Cardiff Council website Friends of Hailey Park Glamorgan Canal photos History of Llandaff North RFC TVR Other Structures including information about the line through Hailey Park Hailey Park Tennis Courts Get A Makeover Hailey Park Arson Attack Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Rugby Post In Hailey Park Posted by Stuart Herbert on September 13th 2010 in Cardiff Glamorganshire Canal Historical River Taff Taff Trail Taff Vale Railway Modern day Valley Lines Hailey Park in Llandaff North nestles between the eastern bank of the River Taff and what would have been the western bank of the Glamorganshire Canal as the canal emerged from beside the tin works at Melingriffith Back when Radyr Yard still existed which today is the site of a new housing estate immediately south west of Radyr Railway Station a railway embankment ran through the northern end of the park s grounds crossing the River Taff over a now disused bridge to join what today we call the City Line In 1923 a Mr C P Hailey wrote to Cardiff Corporation offering the land to be transformed

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