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Llanishen electoral ward of Cardiff
Llanishen electoral ward of Cardiff

Llanishen (Welsh Llanisien llan church + Isien Saint Isan) is a district of the city of Cardiff, Wales. Llanishen is well-known locally as the home of the 'Tax Offices', the tallest buildings in north Cardiff and a landmark for miles around. The office complex overlooks the 'Fishguard estate', Parc Ty Glas industrial estate, old village, leafy suburban roads and various parkland that constitute the district. Llanishen is also home to a fully-featured Leisure Centre and the 60-acre Llanishen Reservoir - a local beauty spot that is connected to a green corridor which bisects the city from the rising hills in the north to Cardiff Bay in the south.

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[edit] History

The Glider Field (next to what is now Llanishen Leisure Centre) was used for glider training during World War II.

Oliver Cromwell had ties with Llanishen and neighbouring village Lisvane (Llysfaen).

[edit] Industry

[edit] Parc Ty Glas Industrial Estate

Llanishen HM Revenue and Customs Offices
Llanishen HM Revenue and Customs Offices

Parc Ty Glas is home to the offices of S4C (the national television station for Wales), and the National Eisteddfod of Wales, as well as a recent branch of Marks and Spencer and Simply Food. In 2003, a large carpark-included complex of six stores was built for occupancy, with more recent occupants being Boots, Laura Ashley and Starbucks. Also on the Parc Ty Glas site are government buildings, mostly occupied by the HM Revenue and Customs (mainly Revenue division — including an enquiry centre, or IREC).

[edit] Royal Ordnance Factory

Southwest Llanishen hosted a World War II Royal Ordnance Factory, ROF Cardiff, which in 1987 became an Atomic Weapons Establishment. It closed down in February 1997 and has recently been the site of a major housing development.

[edit] Leisure

[edit] Llanishen Sailing Centre

Based at Llanishen Reservoir, Llanishen Sailing Centre[1] is, along with Cardiff Bay, one of Wales' foremost Sailing Schools, and enjoys an international reputation..

[edit] Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoirs

The two non-functional reservoirs (the smaller Lisvane reservoir is adjoined to Llanishen Reservoir) have been used extensively for fly-fishing in prevous years, but are currently under threat from an American-lead commercial development for domestic housing. Fishing has been outlawed by the current owners, and a fence has been erected around Llanishen Reservoir (where the proposed houses would be built around a reduced lake). Locals are campaigning to make the area a registered village green.[2][3].

[edit] Llanishen Leisure Centre

Llanishen Leisure Centre[4] is situated in Llanishen. It has a pool with a wave machine, Squash courts, multi-activity Sports Hall, an improved Gym & Fitness suite, a Snooker Table and Lounge Bar & Pool Side Cafeteria. It is built in a very similar layout to the Pentwyn leisure centre.

[edit] Llanishen Skate Park

In the large 'Glider Field' alongside the leisure centre, there is a public Skate Park. [5]

Skate Park Facilities: 2 Quarter-pipes / Jump box / 2 flat banks / Driveway / Spine

[edit] Llanishen Rugby Club

The playing ground and large training ground of Llanishen RFC is off Usk Road, and has been used in the past by visiting international teams. The Club House is off Ty Glas Avenue nearby.[6]

[edit] Public Houses in Llanishen

  • The Church Inn, Ty Glas Road
  • Phoenix and Cedars Hotel, Fidlas Road (Now closed for residential [sheltered] accommodation January 2008)
  • Ty Glas, Ty Glas Avenue
  • Wolf's Castle, Templeton Avenue

[edit] Schools

Primary:

  • Cefn Onn
  • Christ the King R.C. Primary School
  • Coed Glas
  • Ysgol y Wern
  • The Court Special School

Secondary:

[edit] Transport

The district is served by two railway stations, Llanishen railway station (on the Cardiff Central to Rhymney Line) in the east and Ty Glas railway station (on the Cardiff Central to Coryton) in the west.

Cardiff Bus operates several routes through the area:

  • 28 from Station Road (Thornhill) or (Roath Park-Cathays-Central Stn)
  • 29 (Llanishen Village Circle) or (Roath Park-Roath-Central Stn)
  • 29B (Llanishen Village Circle via Ty Glas) or (Roath Park-Roath-Central Stn)
  • 52A (Llanishen Village Circle-Penylan-Roath-Central Stn)
  • 86 (Lisvane)

Llanishen can be approached from the south via Caerphilly Road and also, more centrally, via Fidlas Road at Rhydypenau crossroads (north of Roath Park).

[edit] Government and politics

[edit] Electoral ward

The electoral ward of Llanishen falls within the parliamentary constituency of Cardiff North. It covers some or all of the geographical areas of Llanishen, Birchgrove and Thornhill. It is bounded by the wards of Lisvane to the northwest; Cyncoed to the southwest; Heath to the south; and Rhiwbina to the west.

[edit] Representation

[edit] Famous people from Llanishen

The film director Richard Marquand (Jagged Edge, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi) was born in Llanishen. His father was Labour MP Hilary Marquand.[7]

[edit] References

[edit] External links

(NW) Thornhill Lisvane
Rhiwbina Llanishen Cyncoed
Birchgrove Heath (SE)
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(Source: Wikipedia)
 
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