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Wenvoe (Welsh: Gwenf) is a Welsh village between Barry and Cardiff in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. It is located near the Wenvoe Transmitter at the old HTV national headquarters in Culverhouse Cross in the suburbs of Cardiff.

Maintaining a thriving farming community for centuries, Wenvoe, while still a farming village to an extent, has doubled in population in the last hundred years due to the vast amount of high-end property created by commuters in the area. It is home to three pubs (two that have been in the village for hundreds of years - The Wenvoe Arms and The Horse & Jockey, both of which are protected buildings - and the more recent Walston Castle) and many acres of forestry and fields.

Wenvoe has a very healthy community spirit which supports a number of local community groups. Amongst these are Wenvoe Scout Group, the Village Quaffers, Ladies Choir, Youth Club and of course the Church. An example of the community working together is the annual submission by the village Community Council for the village as a contender for the Best Kept Village in the Vale of Glamorgan. This requires significant effort and commitment by residents to smarten up the village so it can compete with smaller more quaint Vale villages. This energy and dedication was rewarded in 2005 when the village won the event in the face of stiff opposition. It is served by its own monthly newspaper titled the Wenvoe What's On. The village is supported by a well stocked and well run village store which also incorporates a Post Office.

Wenvoe is a popular village as it is convenient for the city of Cardiff. Despite being a commuter village unfortunately it no longer has a railway line which was the victim of the "Beeching Axe" of the 1960s.


 Libraries in Wenvoe:
 Wenvoe Library
       Old Port Road
       Wenvoe
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF5 6AL
 029 20594176


 Football in Wenvoe:
 Ely Rangers FC
       Club House
       Station Road East
       Wenvoe
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF5 6AH
 029 20598725


 Golf in Wenvoe:
 Wenvoe Castle Golf Club
       Wenvoe
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF5 6BE
 02920 594371


 Pubs/Bars in Wenvoe:
 
Horse & Jockey Inn
       Chapel Terrace
       Twyn-yr-Odyn
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF5 6BG
 029 20593396

 Walston Castle
       Port Road
       Wenvoe
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF5 6DD
 02920 593896

 Wenvoe Arms
       18 Port Road
       Wenvoe
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF5 6AN
 029 20591129


 Hotels in Wenvoe:
 Premier Travel Inn
       Port Road
       Nant Isaf
       Wenvoe
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF5 6DD
 0870-197 7052


 Restaurants in Wenvoe:
 Gilby's
       Old Port Road
       Culverhouse Cross
       Cardiff
       Vale of Glamorgan
       CF5 6DN

 Walston Castle Beefeater & Travel Inn
       Wallston Castle
       Nant Isaf
       Wenvoe
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF5 6DD
 029 20593896


 Riding in Wenvoe:
 NR Coles
       Alps Quarry
       Alps Quarry Road
       Wenvoe, Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF5 6AA
 029 20592761


 Other in Wenvoe:
 Taskforce Paintball Games
       St Lythan's Court
       St Lythan's
       Cardiff
       South Glamorgan
       CF5 6BQ
 029 20593900


 Schools/Collges in Wenvoe:
 Gwenfo C.I.W. Primary
       Old Port Road
       Wenvoe
       Cardiff
       CF5 6AN
 02920 593225
 02920 597353

 Mary Immaculate R.C. High School (Secondary)
       Caerau Lane
       Wenvoe
       Cardiff
       CF5 5QZ
 02920 593465
 02920 672750


Wenvoe - From 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
WENVOE, a parish, in the union of Cardiff, hundred of Dinas-Powys, county of Glamorgan, South Wales, 6 miles (S.W. by W.) from the town of Cardiff; containing 485 inhabitants. The ancient Welsh name of this place is supposed to have been "Gwynva," or "Gwynvai," of which the present is a Norman modification. The parish is situated in the south-eastern part of the county, and comprises a large extent of inclosed arable and grazing land, and some portions of common affording good pasturage for sheep. The total area is 2955 acres. Here was formerly a castle, which is noticed by Leland as in a ruinous state even in his time, consisting only of one tower and some fragments of the walls; within a quarter of a mile of which, the same writer describes a well, from whence issued a stream called Silly brook. The modern Castle, the seat of Robert Francis Jenner, Esq., erected by the late P. Birt, Esq., maternal grandfather of the present proprietor, is a stately mansion, consisting of a centre and two wings. Its principal front, facing the south, extends three hundred and seventy-four feet in length, and is three stories in height, exclusively of the basement and the attics; the wings, which, according to the original design, were to have formed two magnificent conservatories, terminate at each extremity in a square tower, and the intervals between the towers and the centre are partly concealed by trees, with a view to relieve the flatness of such a length of masonry. The grounds are laid out with much taste, and comprehend some rich and beautifully varied scenery; but the view from the house, though pleasing, is neither grand nor extensive. Wenvoe village is neat, and of prepossessing appearance. The soil is a damp clay, but the air is salubrious, and the parish registers afford several instances of longevity, among which are the ages of three late incumbents, each of whom held the living for half a century.

The living is a rectory, rated in the king's books at 13. 7. 1.; present net income, 326, with a glebe-house; patron, Mr. Jenner. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a handsome structure, in the later style of English architecture, with a square embattled tower. It is kept in excellent order, and contains some good mural monuments to the several proprietors of Wenvoe Castle. The churchyard is pleasingly laid out, and the graves are decked with various odoriferous plants; near the church grows a remarkably fine yew-tree, in excellent preservation, which is said to be one of the oldest in the county. The parsonage-house, built by the late Mr. Birt, is a spacious edifice. There are places of worship for Baptists and Calvinistic Methodists, with a Sunday school held in each of them; and a day and Sunday school in connexion with the Established Church is held in a house in Wenvoe Park. Elizabeth Thomas, in 1701, bequeathed 20; Sir Edmund Thomas, Bart., in 1721, 40; Mary Thomas, in the same year, 10; William Morgan, 5; and the Rev. John Hodges, rector in 1777, 45, to the poor of the parish. The income arising from these sums, amounting to 6, is annually distributed according to the intentions of the benefactors.


Open Day in 1965 at Wenvoe transmitting station



 

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