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Viewpoints Mysterious sites in The Drope.

We were interested to read Alan Harbridge's letter on the mysterious buildings at The Drope, Cardiff.

I too remember going to The Drope (Ely's lido!) as a child and watching the more adventurous swimming in the river.

The buildings Alan mentions were part of the solution for keeping Barry Docks supplied with water, being a pumphouse built by the Barry Dock & Railway Company, which was to become the Barry Railway but whose initials, BD&RC, could be seen on the chimney.

The chimney, along with the Barry Railway viaduct alongside, is illustrated in our book; Ely Common to Culverhouse Cross (Tempus). The role of the pumphouse is mentioned in Brian Miller's book; Rails to Prosperity; The Barry & After 1884-1984, page 25, Drope Junction ... to the left of which was situated the Barry Railway Pump House for supplying water to the Wenvoe Reservoir of the company. This reservoir supplied the dock.

The pump house and the viaduct were demolished in 1983 to make way for the A4232 link road from the M4 to Culverhouse Cross. From the new road viaduct you can see the Drope.

We are hoping to write another Ely book covering the last 60 years, from World War II to the present day and stories, like Alan's, would be welcomed from Echo readers.

Stephen K Jones (writing with Nigel Billingham)

Old School House, Wenvoe
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 25, 2006
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