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The River Taff at Radyr. Photograph © Stuart Palmer

Radyr (strictly Radyr and Morganstown) is a outer suburb of the city of Cardiff, Wales. The village is located about six miles north of the centre of Cardiff. The writer Roald Dahl lived in the village as a boy. Today the village is expanding rapidly as people try to find homes in Cardiff.

At the turn of the 20th century Radyr was home to the busiest railway junction on the globe, where coal trains were either transferred onto the Taff Vale line to Cardiff Docks, or the Penarth district line, to the docks located at Penarth, several miles southwest of Cardiff city centre. The area was also home to extensive sidings, which have since been demolished. It remained a relatively undeveloped village until the 1970s. At this point the area under went rapid expansion, which has continued to this day, and now has a population well in excess of 10,000. Radyr still contains a major regional railway station, with in excess of 200 trains calling at the station every weekday. From the station, trains run into Cardiff, either along the Valley Line, or via the city line, that was opened up to passenger use in the 1980s.

The area is now one of Cardiff's largest middle class suburbs. With a population of just over 8,000, Radyr overlooks Cardiff, being situated on the side of Llan-Duffred hill at 90m above sea-level.

Radyr Comprehensive School is a popular local comprehensive school with over 1,400 pupils from across Cardiff.

The village lies in the Cardiff North Constituency.

 Golf in Radyr:
 Radyr Golf Club
       Drysgol Road
       CF15 8BS
 02920 842408

 Libraries in Radyr:
 Radyr Library
       Park Road
       CF15 8DF
 029 2084 2234
 Monday 10.00-1.00 2.00-6.00
       Tuesday 10.00-1.00 2.00-5.30
       Wednesday 10.00-1.00 2.00-5.30
       Thursday Closed
       Friday 2.00-7.00
       Saturday 10.00-1.00

 Pubs/Bars in Radyr:
 The Radyr Arms
       11 Station Road
       South Glamorgan
       CF15 8AA
 02920 843185

 Vets in Radyr:
 Bridges Veterinary Surgery
       Pugh's Garden Centre
       Ty Nant Rd
       South Glamorgan
       CF15 8LB
 029 2084 2440

 B&B's/Guesthouses in Radyr:
 Gelynis Farm
       CF15 8LB 
 029 2084 4440
 [email protected]

 Places of Worship in Radyr:
 Christ Church (Church In Wales)
       52 Heol Isaf
       South Glamorgan
       CF15 8DY
 029 20842417

 Radyr Methodist Church
       South Glamorgan
       CF15 8BP
 029 20553907

 Schools/Colleges in Radyr:
 Bryn Deri Primary School
       Caer Graig Road
       Caste View
       CF15 8RD
 02920 843328
 02920 842144

 Radyr Comprehensive School (Secondary)
       Heol Isaf
       CF15 8XG
 02920 845100
 02920 845101

 Radyr Primary School
       Park Road
       CF15 8DF
 02920 842228
 02920 844494

Radyr (Rhaiadr) - From 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
RADYR (RHAIADR), a parish, in the poorlaw union of Cardiff, hundred of Kibbor, county of Glamorgan, in South Wales, 3� miles (N. W. by W.) from Cardiff; containing 279 inhabitants. This parish probably derives its name, signifying "a cataract," from the rushing waters of the river T�f, by which it is bounded on the north-east. It was formerly comprehended within the hundred of Miskin, but has been recently separated therefrom. It comprises about eleven hundred acres of arable and pasture land, inclosed and in a profitable state of cultivation: the surface is in some parts elevated, and in others flat, but no where subject to inundation; the soil is a strong brown earth, favourable to the production of good crops of grain of all kinds, potatoes, and hay. The substratum is partly a hard brown stone, and partly limestone of very good quality. Radyr Court, formerly the seat of the family of Matthew, ancestors of the late Lord Llandaf, has been partially taken down, and the remainder has been modernised, and converted into a farmhouse. The turnpike-road leading from Cardiff to Llantrissent passes a little to the south of the parish; and the T�f-Vale railway runs through it, nearly parallel with the river, which is crossed by the line in this vicinity. Some of the inhabitants are employed at the iron-works in the parish of Pentyrch.

The living is a vicarage, endowed with �200 royal bounty; patron and impropriator, the representative of the late Earl of Plymouth, who is lord of the manor: the tithes have been commuted for �113. 9., of which a sum of �38. 9. is payable to the impropriator, and a sum of �75 to the vicar. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is a neat plain edifice, with a curious turret at the west end. There is a place of worship for Calvinistic Methodists; a Sunday school for gratuitous instruction is held in it, and another at Radyr Court. In the parish is a spring of very cold water, called Y Pistyll Goleu, "the bright water-spout," issuing from the side of a hill, under a considerable depth of earth over a limestone rock: it has by some writers been termed mineral, but it is not known to possess any other properties than that of its extreme coldness, which renders it efficacious in curing sprains and weakness of the sinews.


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