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Splott (Welsh: Y Sblot) is a district of the city of Cardiff, Wales, east of the city centre. Fanciful suggestions for the origin of the name include a truncation of "God's Plot", as the land belonged to the Bishop of Llandaff in medieval times and a derivation of "Plat" meaning a grassy area of land. In fact, the name is based on the English noun "splot" ("a plot of land") which is also found in place-names in the Vale of Glamorgan, Gower and Pembrokeshire. Splott is characterised by its once-vast steelworks and rows of tightly knit houses. The suburb of Splott falls into the Splott electoral ward.

History
The early history of Splott is given in the Cardiff Records. Splott was anciently held by the Bawdrips of Penmark. It consisted mainly of two farms, called the Upper and Lower Splott, situated between Roath Village and the sea.

1440 - the Splott is mentioned as bounding certain lands of Isabel, Countess of Warwick
1596 - William Bawdrippe of Penmark built a fair house at the Splott and made it his chief residence
1626 - William Bawdrip of Splott was Member of Parliament for Cardiff. He sold Penmark and Splott to Sir Edward Lewis of the Van
1638 - Sir Edward Lewis of the Van died
1740 - the Llandaff Survey of this year mentions a chief rent of four shillings as payable in respect of Splott Farm in Roath

No residential or industrial development took place in the area, however, until the end of the 19th century. In 1880 the whole area between Cardiff and the Bristol Channel (known as East Moors) was marshland, apart from the farms of Pengam and Splott. Residential development started in the eighteen eighties, constructing streets, houses, shops, taverns and Board Schools; subsequently, Churches were built by various denominations. Splott park opened in 1901.

Inevitably there have been many changes in the years since Splott was first developed. Portmanmoor Road is now an industrial estate and its former Victorian housing was demolished along with adjoining Enid Street, Layard Street, and Menelaus Street which no longer exist.

People

  • John Humphrys, British Radio and Television presenter was born in Splott on 17th August 1943.
  • Shirley Bassey originated from nearby Tiger Bay, but moved to Splott at the age of two and went to Moorland Primary School in Splott.
  • Clive Sullivan (Welsh rugby league player) grew up in Splott.
  • Kirsten Offer (soprano) lives in Wilson Street, Splott.
  • Helen Raynor, writer of the Torchwood episode 'Ghost Machine' lives in Splott.

Popular culture
Splott is featured in the third episode (Ghost Machine) of the BBC science fiction drama and Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, which is set in Cardiff. It is also mentioned somewhat humorously in other episodes, due to its English pronunciation. The Torchwood in-universe website features a section on Splott. It is also features in Torchwood novel Another Life.

Splott and the neighbouring district of Tremorfa are the settings for several works by Welsh playwright Peter Gill.

Since January 2009, the Welsh Icons Project which runs this website is based in Splott.

Cardiff districts
Splott is part of the STAR area of Cardiff (STAR stands for Splott, Tremorfa, Adamsdown and Roath, four inner city suburbs born out of the industrial revolution).


 Buses in Splott: 2 11 12 13 to Cardiff City Centre
       see www.cardiffbus.com for details


 Libraries in Splott:
 Splott library
       STAR Centre
       Splott Road
       Cardiff
       CF24 2BZ
 029 2046 2522
 Monday Closed
       Tuesday 11.00am-3.00pm
       Wednesday 11.00am-3.00pm
       Thursday 1.00pm-5.00pm
       Friday 11.00am-3.00pm
       Saturday 9.30am-1.30pm


 Tennis in Splott:
 Cardiff Wheelchair Tennis Club
       c/o Welsh National Tennis Centre
       Ocean Way
       Ocean Park
       Cardiff
       CF24 5HF
       South Glamorgan
 01633 216 692

 The Welsh National Tennis Centre (Esporta)
       Ocean Way
       Ocean Park
       Cardiff
       CF24 5HF
 02920 456 000
 http://www.esporta.com


 Pubs/Bars in Splott:
 The Cardiff Arms
       63-65, Railway Street
       Splott
       CF24 2DF
 029 2046 3643

 The Grosvenor (Closed as of 2008)
       South Park Road
       Splott
       CF24 2LU
 029 2030 6523


 Cafes in Splott:
 Imperial Cafe (Joes Cafe)
       33 Splott Road
       Splott
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
 029 2046 3900


 Take Aways in Splott:
 Blue Star Chinese Takeaway
       118 Carlisle Street
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF24 2PG
 029 20460498

 Cottage Tandoori
       38 Splott Road
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF24 2DA
 029 20488711

 Hotwok Chinese Takeaway
       52 Carlisle Street
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF24 2DT
 029 20471001

 Imperial Cafe (Joes Cafe)
       33 Splott Road
       Splott
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
 029 2046 3900

 Sammy Takeaway
       50 Splott Road
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF24 2DA
 029 20461353

 Splott Chicken Grill
       58 Splott Road
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF24 2DA
 029 20254127


 For Children in Splott:
 Splott Playgroup
       Muirton Road
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF24 2SJ
 029 20470867


 Taxis:
 Elite Cars Cardiff
       Unit 84
       Portmanmoor Rd Ind Est
       Splott
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF24 5HE
 029 2044 4444


 Other in Splott:
 The New Fleurs Club
       2 Portmanmoor Road
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF24 5FX
 029 20251200

 Splott Conservative Club
       36 Habershon Street
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF24 2DX
 029 20254044

 Splott Sports & Social Club
       1A Aberdovey Street
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF24 2ER
 029 20251029

 Splott Swimming Pool
       Muirton Road
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF24 2SJ
 029 20462548


 Retail in Splott:
 Co-op Welcome Shop
       40-42 Splott Road
       Splott
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF24 2DA

 Lidl
       East Tyndall Street
       Splott
       Cardiff
       CF24 5EY
 0870 444 1234


St Saviours

 Places of Worship in Splott:
 The Salvation Army
       Walker Road
       Splott
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF24 2EG
 029 2046 1755

 St Albans RC Church
       Cameron Street
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF24 2NX
 029 20463219

Splott Methodist Church


 Schools/Colleges in Splott:
 Moorland Nursery School
       Moorland Road
       Splott
       Cardiff
       CF24 2LJ
 02920 462890

 Moorland Primary School
       Singleton Road
       Splott
       Cardiff
       CF24 2LJ
 02920 462170
 02920 497688


 Chemists/Pharmacies in Splott:
 SR Bailey Ltd
       52 Splott Road
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF24 2DA
 029 2046 5338


 Doctors in Splott:
 Drs Foy G, Cocks D, Pawar S, Davies J, Shabbir Z
       Cloughmore Surgery
       106 Splott Road
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF24 2XY
 029 2046 2793

 Drs Kamath,Dearden,Kabeer,Williams & David
       23 Splott Road
       Splott
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF24 2BU
 029 2046 2742



 

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