The Hayes in days gone by.
OU may know what The Hayes looks like now - but did you know it used to look like this? YOver the past few years The Hayes has been transformed. The area was and remains a bustling part of the city centre shopping experience: it has always served as an entrance to some of the city's unique arcades and the whole area has been developed to include some of the best shops and restaurants to be found in the city.
It is also home to the impressive Central Library and the John Lewis department store. There's also a large screen attached to the outside of St David's Hall broadcasting news, sports and public events - and who can fail to notice the 25m sculpture Alliance, a large stainless steel ring and pointed column outside the library? But what did The Hayes look like before the transformation? Our pictures tell part of the story...
Oxford Arcade, pictured in 2004
The former Central Library on The Hayes, Cardiff, circa 1900
The statues at the entrance to the old Central Library
The Hayes in about 1905, with David Morgan on the left
The David Morgan department store, pictured in March 1968
The Habitat store in September 1983
Tarbernacle Church in April 1934
The Hayes, looking towards the old Central Library, in October 1977
Work on the proposed one-way system in Mill Lane, in the 1960s
The Market Tavern, near St John's Church