Cardiff, Maindy Stadium c.1960

Cardiff, Maindy Stadium c.1960

Neg. C23164

Memories of Cardiff

My Great Grandfather James

My Great Grandfather James Miles died in the Infirmary, aged 40. He was a Labourer in the Cardiff Ironworks. I never knew any of my family, but when I read of where they lived, and worked and died, I feel so proud of them.

A memory of Cardiff by Lita Brooker

Working Life

I like this photograph because it reminds me of when I used to travel in to Cardiff by train from Barry where I lived. I worked in the National Provincial Bank in St.Mary Street. I had some lovely friends and times

A memory of Cardiff by Wendy John

David Morgan

The David Morgan Dept store left of picture was one of the few privately owned Dept Stores in the U.K. This store sadly closed down in 2006 and is now being refurbished and made into apartments and smaller shops.

A memory of Cardiff by Michael Tucker

Posh Building, Poor Times

My mother was from Newtown in Cardiff, near the docks. It was a community of very poor Irish immigrants. My great grandmother had a job cleaning the City Hall. She would walk ...Read full memory

A memory of Cardiff by Marian Foot

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About this photo

There are no 'chariots of fire' here now. When the picture was taken, Maindy was the premier athletics track in Cardiff, and used by clubs and schools from all over the Vale of Glamorgan. The all-indoor Millennium Stadium, described as 'the finest in Europe', has made Maindy redundant.

This is an excerpt from Cardiff Photographic Memories, by John Milnes

By the early 1960s memories of Maindy Stadium's relatively inauspicious opening in 1951 and, in particular, its poor running track surface were all but banished. Large crowds now flocked to the venue, their appetite for quality athletics meets whetted by the success of the city's hosting of the Empire Games in 1958 and the subsequent establishment of the Welsh Sports Council in 1959.

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