10 reasons why you should put down roots in Radyr
In our 10 Reasons to Put Down Roots series, we’ve already featured Whitchurch, Llandaff and Rhiwbina. Since our new office will be opening in Radyr on May 15th, we thought we’d feature this much-sought-after suburb of Cardiff and show you why we decided to extend our roots here, and why you should do the same.
Radyr has a rich history, with two possible origins for its name, both of which seem reasonable. A text written in the 11th century, but referring back to the period around 530 AD, mentions a villa or a “tref” called Aradur Hen. This same text also tells the tale of Tylyway a religious hermit who lived in “the chantry” there, which is “yr adur” in Welsh.
In the 14th and 15th Century, the early settlement that became Radyr was devastated by the Black Death and battles between the Marcher Lords. Right up until the 19th century, Radyr was a collection of small farms, crofts and cottages. When Radyr railway station opened in 1863, the population started to rise, resulting in Radyr’s first ‘street’, Junction Terrace. In the 1960s, Radyr’s population rose even further with the development of Danescourt estate.
2. Celebrity status
Radyr has been the starting point for a number of sportsmen across the years. Harry Corner, a cricketer who won a gold medal at the 1900 Summer Olympics, lived, died and was buried in Radyr. Welsh cricketer, Frank Meggitt, who played for Glamorgan, also lived in the town after retiring from the sport. The athlete and runner Timothy Benjamin was born and raised in Radyr.
Jimi Mistry, star of EastEnders, The Guru, East Is East and Coronation Street, went to Radyr Comprehensive School. And Roald Dahl, who’s already made an appearance in our guide to Llandaff, clearly got around a bit, because he also lived in Radyr as a boy in the 1920s.
As with most parts of Cardiff, there’s a Doctor Who connection. An episode of its spin-off show, Torchwood, was filmed around Radyr Primary School.
All of the main shops, including our new offices, are on Station Road. Our new neighbours include a bank, post office, convenience store, restaurant, sandwich shop, opticians, pharmacy, and barbers. Just down the road you’ll find Pugh’s Garden Village, with its garden centre, farm shop, The Watering Can Coffee Shop and a selection of outdoor, pet and fashion stores on-site. In the unlikely event that you can’t find what you’re looking for in Radyr, then Cardiff city centre is just a hop, skip and a jump away.
4. Food and drink
Feeling peckish? Look no further than the Tynant Inn! Built in the early 19th century, Tynant has very much become a part of Radyr’s history. As Summer steadily approaches, make the most of the bustling beer garden and have an al fresco meal in the sun. As for when winter comes back around, the traditional oak beams and log fires make Tynant the perfect place to relax at Christmas. There’s even a play area for the kids!
If you need to work off all that food and drink, Radyr has a whole host of sporty options on offer. From it’s leisure centre to its choice of sport clubs, there’s something for everyone.
Radyr Golf Club was designed by Harry Colt and the Chairman of the 2010 Ryder Cup described it as one of his ‘lost little jewels’. If golf’s not your thing, you can choose between the Lawn Tennis Club, Cricket Club or Riverside Football Ground, home to the Cardiff Corinthians Football Club, known locally as the “Corries”.
6. Transport connections
Over 200 trains call each weekday to Radyr railway station, servicing more than 400,000 passengers per year. At the time of writing, a new footbridge and lifts are being installed at the station to improve access there. Regular buses link Radyr to Cardiff and the Valleys. With the M4 and A470 just minutes away, you can get to wherever you want quickly and easily.
The area is well placed for schools and nurseries, with plenty to choose from for children of all ages. Nurseries include Park Road Nursery and Cylch Meithrin in The Church Rooms and Bryn Deri Nursery. Bryn Deri and Radyr Primary Schools are both on Park Road and secondary education is provided by Radyr Comprehensive School.
8. Things to do
Radyr has a vibrant community that host regular events so there’s always something going on. This month will see the annual two week May Festival in Radyr. This festival includes everything from sporting events, concerts and plays, to dancing, dog shows, fetes, live music and more. They even crown the May Festival Queen on the Bank Holiday Monday! Check out Radyr.org for more great events taking place in Radyr.
9. Out and about
As a Site of Nature Conservation Importance and a Local Nature Reserve, both Radyr Woods and Hermit Woods offer beautiful walks. As you explore, you may come across the remains of Iron Age settlements , or if you’re lucky you might stumble upon some Radyr Hawkweed; a very rare member of the daisy family which was described as a separate species in 1955. Now, only a single population of about 25 plants survive in the wild.
Another interesting piece of history is the Radyr Weir, which was initially built in 1774 to divert water to the Tin Plate Works. You can walk or cycle from here directly into Cardiff city centre along the scenic Taff Trail.
Aside from being so close to the vibrant city centre of Cardiff, Radyr is in close proximity to many other attractions. Making it an even more sought after location. For example, Castell Coch is a nineteenth century gothic revival castle that is just a short drive away from Radyr on the A470. The 3rd marquess of Bute commissioned William Burges to create this beautiful castle to complement his work on Cardiff Castle. Its mesmerising ceilings, opulent furnishings and decadent furniture are certainly worth seeing. Castell Coch is open daily for visits, but you can find out more about events taking place on site here.
You can hopefully see why we’ve decided to put down roots in Radyr. If you want to join us, pop into our new office for a chat with our friendly team of estate agents (from May 15th 2015), or just get in touch today.Tweet
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