Photo of The Flora 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

16 The Flora

Date

1875 (licence granted)

Address

134-136, Cathays Terrace CF24 4YH

Download site boundary plan.

Ward

Cathays

History

Built as part of the earliest development of Cathays Terrace and Flora Street in the later-1870s, The Flora (like Flora Street) is named after Flora Hastings (1806-1839), the sister-in-law to the second Marquis of Bute.

The design for this building was produced by the Architect P. Jones (of 26 Park Street, Cardiff) for Mr E. Rowland in 1873.

The building was designed with Kitchen, Scullery and cellarage to the basement, with Bar, Smoke Room, Parlour and Tap Room to ground floor. To the first floor: large Club Room to the west with bedrooms to the remainder, including the second floor. Small two-storey outshot to the east contained W.C.s and Lavatory.

The Flora Hotel was reputedly opened in 1884, to serve the railway workers at the nearby Cathays railway yard,1 though licence was in fact granted to ‘The Flora Hotel, a new house in Cathays Terrace’ in September 1875 (Cardiff Times, 11/09/1875).

The last of the terraced houses directly to the south of the main building appears to form part of the premises today.

 

¹ https://roathlocalhistorysociety.org/local-history/pubs/

Description

A three-storey building prominently located on the corner of Flora Street and Cathays Terrace. Constructed in snecked pennant stone with polychromatic brick decoration to the principal elevations (alternating red and buff brick to stringcourses and window heads). Slated and hipped roof with leaded ridges and red-brick chimney stacks.

Rectangular plan form with faceted corner to the north-west (which once housed an entrance). Original two-storey W.C. outshot to the rear, with later single-storey infill adjacent within the rear yard.

Modern casement windows to ground floor, 2-over-2 sash windows to first and second floors of principal elevations (July 2019). Modern vertically boarded timber signage.

Three-bay western elevation with central 6-panel timber door with bolection moulding. Two-storey building adjacent to the south (which forms part of the terrace to Cathays Terrace), with tripartite multi-pane sash window to ground floor. Faceted elevation to LHS.

Northern elevation of two bays with entrance (6-panel timber door with bolection moulding) to LHS and single-storey lean-to forming part of the enclosure to the yard. Faceted elevation to RHS.

Rear (western) elevation is rendered, with incised ashlar lines. Of particular note are the multi-pane sash windows (six-over-six to first floor, three-over-six to second floor) and the long stairwell sash window with coloured marginal lights (rear elevation last inspected September 2014).

Enclosure to rear yard formed of a high, random rubble stone wall with modern fire-escape door.

 

Reason

A prominent Victorian public house with well-composed elevations, constructed in good-quality materials.

148 years of service to the locality.

Aesthetic, Historical and Communal value.

References

Glamorgan Archives

BC/S/1/90790

Proposed Hotel, The Flora, Cathays Terrace

1873 – Architect: P Jones – Developer: Edward Rowland

2 Plans including Elevations

BC/S/1/34352

Alterations to Hotel, Flora Hotel, Cathays Terrace

1939 – Architect: I Jones & J Bishop – Developer: Rowlands

1 Plan, no elevations

DX23/1

Photograph of the Flora Hotel

No Date – Photograph of the Flora Hotel, Cathays Terrace, Cardiff, with two policemen standing outside.

DX23

Richards Family Photographic Collection

c1890-1913

Includes a photograph of Flora Hotel, Cardiff

BC/S/1/2936

Drainage, Flora Street

1881 – Architect: J P Jones – Developer: C Gray

1 Plan

Additional images

Original drawing of the Flora pub cardiff

1873 proposed elevation by P Jones

1873 proposed elevation by P. Jones

Location

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