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Butetown is a district of the city of Cardiff, Wales. It was originally a model housing estate built in the early nineteenth century by the Marquess of Bute. Commonly known as "Tiger Bay", this area became one of the UK's first multicultural communities with people from over 50 countries settled here by the outbreak of World War I, working in the docks and allied industries. Some of the largest communities included the Somalis, the Yemenis, and Greeks, whose influence still lives on today. The first Mosque in the UK was built in Butetown in the mid 19th century, and a Greek Orthodox church still stands at the top of Bute Street. Larger than it's neighbours Grangetown and Riverside.

In the 1960s, most of the original housing was demolished including the historic Loudoun Square, the original heart of Butetown. In its place was a typical 1960s housing estate of low-rise courts and alleys, and 2 high rise apartment blocks. The development has since become much criticised as both destroying Cardiff's heritage, and in destroying a vibrant community and condemning its mainly Black and Mixed Race population to poor educational and employment prospects.

In the 1980s, the new Atlantic Wharf development was built on the reclaimed West Bute Dock, and has involved the construction of some 1300 new houses. Together with the developments in the Inner Habour and Roath Basin, it was hoped this would spur redevelopment and employment in Butetown, but it seems not to have. The divide between the wealthy "Cardiff Bay", and the poor "Tiger Bay" seems as wide as ever, although some of the surviving areas of historic Butetown are becoming prime office and retail locations. With the new Century Wharf development to the West on the banks of the Taff, the housing estate is becoming a little 'boxed in', increasing feelings of exclusion. Over the next few decades, the 1960s housing will require renewal and it is hoped that new development will be more suitable of the urban context of the area and will provide a better mix of private and public housing to help fully integrate the community with the rest of the city.

Government
The electoral ward of Butetown is located in the parliamentary constituency of Cardiff South and Penarth. It is bounded by Cathays and Adamsdown to the north; Splott to the northeast; Severn estuary to the southeast; and Grangetown to the west.


 Cinemas in Butetown:
 Odeon
       Atlantic Wharf Leisure Park
       Hemingway Road
       Cardiff Bay
       CF10 4JY
 0871 22 44 007
 http://www.odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s3/


 Trains in Butetown: Butetown is on the Butetown Branch


 Vets in Butetown:
 Companion Care Veterinary Surgery
       Pets at Home
       Cardiff Bay Retail Park
       Ferry Road
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF11 0JR
 02920 232957

 Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals
       Cardiff Veterinary Centre
       238 Bute St
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF10 5HT
 029 2048 0990


 Pubs/Bars in Butetown:
 The Bute Dock Hotel
       West Bute Street
       The Bay
       CF10 5LJ
 029 2065 1426

 The Eli Jenkins
       7-8 Bute Crescent
       The Bay
       CF5 5TF
 029 2044 0921

 The Hemingway
       Atlantic Wharf
       The Bay
       CF10 4AU
 029 2045 1315

 The Packet Hotel
       96 Bute Street
       The Bay
       CF10 5AB
 029 2046 5513

 Salt
       Mermaid Quay
       Stuart Street
       The Bay
       CF10 3BW
 029 2049 4375

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       Marmaid Quay
       Stuart Street
       The Bay
       CF10 3BZ
 029 2045 0947

 The Waterguard llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable
       Britannia Park
       The Bay
       CF10 4PA
 029 2049 9034

 Wharf
       Schooner Way
       The Bay
       CF10 4EU
 029 2040 5092

 The White Hart
       64-66 James Street
       The Bay
       CF10 5EZ
 029 2047 2561


 Retail in Butetown:
 Argos - Cardiff Bay
       Units E and F
       Cardiff Bay Retail Park
       Ferry Road
       Cardiff
       CF11 0JR
 0845 640 3030

 ASDA - Cardiff Bay
       Ferry Road Retail Park
       Cardiff
       CF11 0JR
 02920 340276

 Morrisons - Cardiff
       International Way
       International Sports Village
       Cardiff Bay
       CF11 0JP
 029 2023 2883

 Tesco - Cardiff Mermaid Quay Express
       Unit 17 Mermaid Quay
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF10 5BZ
 02920 471910


Butetown Reunion


 

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