Photo of The Crwys 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

13 The Crwys

Date

Pre-1870

Address

34 Crwys Rd, CF24 4NN

Download site boundary plan.

Ward

Cathays

History

The Crwys Hotel formed significant part of the earliest development of Crwys Road, being constructed as part of a block between Lucas Street and Woodville Road (pre-1870). Earliest documentary evidence comes in the form of a newspaper report dated 1872.

In 1876, newspapers also report a gas explosion at the premises, which shattered the windows and blew out the exterior door frame (see: https://roathlocalhistorysociety.org/local-history/pubs/).

The earliest OS map for the area (c.1880) shows the building located upon the corner of Crwys Road and Woodville Road, with a faceted corner to the junction. This corner once housed the principal entrance (see photos of 1890-1). The hotel was built as part of a coherent terrace of houses (now lost to the north-west), with two (presumably lower) perpendicular parallel wings running to the north-east, one fronting Woodville Road. The plot took up the entire depth of the block (as today), with a rear yard enclosed by numerous service buildings.

Though numerous alterations were proposed/undertaken in the late-C19 (1886, 1891 & 1893), by 1915 the layout remained fundamentally the same – though the building to the north-west of the service yard was lost.

During the C20 (presumably 1933), the building was expanded to the north-west – into the neighbouring house. The prominent roof parapet was perhaps also added at this date. Large flat roof extensions were also – at some stage – built to the rear, eliminating much of the open yard (and the buildings against the rear lane were lost).

The Crwys Hotel had four bars till the early 2000s. A number of refurbishments have taken place since, most notably a substantial revision of the ground floor elevation, to enlarge its windows.

Description

Painted and rendered elevations with timber (4-over-1) sliding sash windows to first floor and later pain parapet concealing hipped and slated roof.

4 bays to original two-storey south-western (Crwys Road) elevation. Central 3-panel timber double doors with rectangular fanlight over. Modern bi-fold casement windows adjacent, all unified by modern timber pilasters with consoles and signage fascia. Single-storey flat-roof extension to north-west, (set in front of two-storey pitched-roof element with blind windows to first floor).

3 bays to the original south-eastern (Woodville Road) elevation. Modern, large fixed-light casement windows to ground floor, all unified by modern timber pilasters with consoles and signage fascia. Long single-storey flat-roof elevation to north-east, featuring modern fire-exit door and further fixed-light casement windows, again all surrounded by modern timber pilasters with consoles and fascia.

To the side and rear, a high red-brick wall in modern materials still defines the original service yard, with metal-gated entrance in approximately the original location.

Reason

An early and prominently located Victorian Public House, with well-composed elevations (despite some alteration).

Aesthetic and Historical Value.

Approximately 150 years of service imparts considerable Communal Value.

References

Glamorgan Archives

 

BC/S/1/5502.1

Hotel, Crwys Road

1886 – Architect: C Rigg – Developer: G Burns

1 plan, no elevations

BC/S/1/5522

Additions to Hotel, Crwys Road

1886 – Architect: C Rigg – Developer: G Burns

1 Plan, no elevations

BC/S/1/8103

Alterations to Hotel, Crwys Hotel, Crwys Road

1891 – Architect: J P Jones – Developer: S A Brain & Co Ltd

1 plan, no elevations

BC/S/1/8164

Additions & Alterations to Hotel, Cwrys Hotel, Crwys Road

1891 – Architect: J P Jones – Developer: S A Brain & Co Ltd

1 plan, no elevations

BC/S/1/8240

Alterations to Hotel, Crwys Hotel, Crwys Road

1891 –               Architect: J P Jones – Developer: S A Brain & Co Ltd

1 plan, no elevations

BC/S/1/9159

Drain to cellar, Crwys Hotel, Whitchurch Road

1893 – Architect: Unknown – Developer: Mr Clarke

1 plan, no elevations

BC/S/1/28787

Additions to Hotel, Crwys Hotel, Crwys Road

1933 – Architect: I Jones & P Thomas – Developer: S A Brain & Co Ltd

1 plan, no elevations

DCONC/6/37a-c

Crwys Hotel, Crwys Road

1948-1961

Possible plans

 

Additional images

Original OS plan showing the Crwys pub, Cardiff

c.1880 OS Map

Photo of the The Crwys pub Cardiff, 1890

1890-1

Location

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