Photo of The Old Cottage pub Cardiff

This proposed listing forms part of the draft Cardiff buildings of local historic or architectural interest list - Public Houses, Hotels and Clubs (current and former)

Building reference

32 Old Cottage


1811 origins


Cherry Orchard Road, CF14 0UE

Download site boundary plan.


Lisvane and Thornhill


The original building may perhaps be seen within the Thomas Budgen map of 1811.

The earliest confirmed origins of the Old Cottage may be traced to the tithe map of 1846, where it is shown as a Homestead (surrounded by arable land). The accompanying apportionment of January 1903 shows the property owned and occupied by Reverend Benjamin Jones.

The first OS map of 1875 shows the building extended and named ‘Velindre Cottage’.

The OS map of 1915 appears to show the building clearly divided in half, with further, new cottages constructed to the east (in 1909).

There is more small-scale development to the west by 1940.

It is unclear when the building was converted into a public house, presumably in the post-war era when the building saw substantial development to the rear.


The building sits away from the road within an extensive plot, surrounded by mature trees – the last vestiges of its arable setting. To the rear is a large car park.

The principal (and oldest) range of this two-storey building fronts to the south-west, orientated on a north-west south-east axis. The RHS of the principal elevation – in painted random rubble stonework – is suggested by RCAHMW to be a former outbuilding. The rendered portion to the LHS is likely the original cottage with substantial later extension, built before 1875. There is a non-uniform distribution of small multi-pane windows across the front – likely modern timber. The whole is topped by a slated and pitched roof with red brick chimneystacks.

To the rear are extensive pitched roof extensions, built in the later C20.


The extant building incorporates an 18th/early-19th century cottage of unknown origins.

Evidential, Aesthetic and Historical Value.

Though the age of the (C20) public house is currently unknown, it has some Communal Value.


Glamorgan Archives


2 Cottages, Near Velindre cottage, Llanishen

1909 – Architect: Unknown. Developer: Mr W Williams

1 plan, inc elevations

Additional images

1875 OS Map showing the site of the Old Cottage pub Cardiff

1875 OS Map


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