Roath (Welsh: "Y Rhath") is a central district of the
cityof Cardiff, Wales.
It lies to the north east of the city centre, stretching from
Adamsdownin the south to Roath Parkin the north. Roath contains the Plasnewydd electoral ward. The name is believed to originate from Irish "ráth", 'fort'. or could possibly contain elements of the name ratostabius which was the name given to the roman settlement in cardiff
Its main shopping streets are Albany Road, City Road, and Wellfield Road. It is characterised by its rural feel and beautiful tree-lined
Victorian eraterraced streets. Roath houses a very diverse population including a large number of students, being very close to the main university campuses, a large enthnic minority population and many young professionals. Parts of Roath are among the most affluent districts of Cardiff, although subdivision of the large Victorian properties is starting to occur in the areas at the south end of the ward.
Its close proximity to the city centre and large number of local amenities makes it known for its very strong sense of community, encouraged largely due to the parks, road layouts, churches, and local
post offices and newsagents, therefore Roath a very popular area to live. There are a number of restaurants and public houses, a variety of shops, an outdoor tenniscentre and the famous Roath Parkmaking it one of the greenest areas in Cardiff.
Roath contains the Church of St Margaret of Antioch, built in 1870 on the site of an earlier Norman chapel and the new
Gothic revivalchurch. Designed by Llandaffarchitect John Prichardon a Greek Cross plan, the latter was financed totally by the third Marquess of Bute, in spite of his conversion to Catholicism in 1868. Inside is an opulent mausoleum housing tombs of nine members of the Butefamily, including the First Marquess and his wives. The tower of St Margaret's was finally completed in 1926.
Roath court, a
Georgian era manor house, is also found near Saint Margaret's Church.
St Margaret's Parish Church
* [http://www.cefnpennar.com/cardiff/stmargaret.htm Monumental Inscriptions for St. Margarets]
*Roath Church House and Scout Hall
*Mackintosh Sports Institute (formerly Plasnewydd)
* [http://www.thegate.org.uk/ The Gate] , arts centre
*James Summers Funeral Home, Roath Court
*Shah Jalal Mosque, Crwys Road (formerly Capel Crwys)
*Trinity Methodist Church
* [http://www.stmartinsroath.org.uk St. Martin's Church, Albany Road]
*Marlborough Road Primary School
*Hodges' Residence and the Dewmisters Crib
* [http://www.roath.org.uk/StEdward/ St. Edward's Church, Blenheim Road]
Cardiff University, Engineering Building
* [http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=2754947 www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Roath and surrounding area]
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