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City-centre street of many changes.

Westgate Street is the busiest in Cardiff on match days as thousands throng the road that leads up to the iconic Principality Stadium. Like much of Cardiff the street has changed considerably over the years.

Change is once more on the cards as the Welsh Rugby Union considers a number of development options for the former country court building it owns on the street. As well as being the main road to the stadium and Cardiff Arms Park, Westgate Street is home to a hotel and a number of bars and restaurants. Back in the early 1900s it was also home to the American Roller Rink - the first roller skating rink in South Wales - which was between the old court building and the Cardiff and County Club.

The roller rink stayed on Westgate Street until 1919 when it was taken apart and rebuilt on Mill Road before it was finally demolished in the early 1920s.


A busy Westgate Street on match day in February, 1958. The Cardiff and County Club can be seen on the right and Westgate Street flats in the distance

Westgate Street with the Cardiff and County Club on the left and the Glamorgan cricket ground and tennis courts in the distance in 1934

Cardiff Fire Station on Westgate Street in the 1920s - now replaced by a concrete car park

The American Roller Rink, Westgate Street, Cardiff, between 1909 and 1914

A general view of the old Post Office on Westgate Street, Cardiff, in the 1970s with the country court building on the far right

Cardiff and County Club, Westgate Street, Cardiff,

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 17, 2016
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