Photo of the The North Star 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

64 North Star (formerly Maindy Hotel)




131 North Rd, Maindy Cardiff CF14 3AE

Download site boundary plan.




As Parkfield House gave up much of its grounds for development from c.1878, Parkfield Place, Flint Street and Cross Street (now Cross Place) were formed.

Designs for the Maindy Hotel were prepared by the Architect Sydenham W. Richards and submitted to Cardiff Rural District Council in 1888. Glamorgan Licencing Session granted the premises unanimous approval for its first provisional licence in October of the same year.1 Maindy Hotel was built upon the corner of Flint Street and North Road.

Original planform of the building can be seen in greatest detail within the OS map of 1920 (surveyed 1915).

The building saw a number of alterations in the early-C20 (1922, 1926, 1927, 1931) and, by the OS map of 1940, its planform was essentially as seen today.

A 2009 application saw conversion of the upper floors to flats and extension to the rear (see planning application 09/00137/W).

1 South Wales Echo, 4th October 1888.


The building is a two-storey public house with converted attic level.

It fronts primarily onto North Road. The earliest part is the southern end, where it also returns the prominent corner onto Flint Street. The old is clearly differentiated by its fluted pilasters, pedimented door cases a rendered finish. A party wall parapet (with finial), which extends through the pitched roof, shows the northernmost extent of the 1888 building.

Beyond this, the extended early-C20 portion of the building is in painted brick. There are hood mouldings to the ground floor windows, which also feature dentilled aprons throughout. The doorway has a large, pedimented doorcase surround.

Ground floor windows are large, fixed timber casement throughout. uPVC to upper floors. Doors are panelled timber. Slated roof with rooflights. Chimney stacks have been lost.


A prominently located public house making good use of the corner site.

Though modified, it retains Aesthetic and Historical Value.

Some 136 years of a public house on this site imparts Communal Value.


Glamorgan Archives




Maindy Hotel


Architect: Sydenham W. Richards

Developer: J.N.Hammett



Alterations to Hotel, Maindy Hotel, North Road


Architect: S Williams

Developer: Rhondda Valley & Ely Breweries Ltd



Alterations to hotel, Maindy Hotel, Merthyr Road 1926



Developer: Rhondda Valley & Ely Breweries Ltd



Alterations & Additions to Hotel, Maindy Hotel, North Road


Architect: C Bird

Developer: Rhondda Valley & Ely Breweries Ltd



Alterations to Hotel, Maindy Hotel, Merthyr Road


Developer: Ely Brewery Co Ltd

Additional images

1901 OS Map showing the The North Star pub Cardiff

The North Star – 1901 OS Map (surveyed 1898 to 1899)


1920 OS Map showing the The North Star pub Cardiff

The North Star – 1920 OS Map (Surveyed 1915)


1940 OS Map showing the The North Star pub Cardiff

The North Star – 1940 OS Map


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