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Cardiff Bay Station, Butetown

Description: Cardiff Bay Station

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 19 May 1975
Cadw Building ID: 13963

OS Grid Coordinates: 319070, 174875
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4666, -3.1652

Location: Butetown, The Flourish (SE-bound), Cardiff CF10, UK CF10 5LE

Locality: Butetown
County: Cardiff
Country: Wales
Postcode: CF10 5LE

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Listing Text

On exposed corner site with long side parallel to Bute Street

Built as offices for the Taff Vale Railway, and first used in 1843, but southern section apparently an addition of 1860's. Following construction of new offices at Queen St in 1862, the building was let as consulates (and known as 'Consulate Chambers'), but with waiting room and ticket office in southern section. Adapted as station in early C20, following closure of old Cardiff Docks Station, formerly on the E side of the tracks.

Ground floor altered for use as Railway Museum.

Stuccoed walls. Hipped slate roof with deeply overhanging eaves. Tall stuccoed chimneys with classicising cornices, northernmost 2 chimneys at right angles to road, others parallel. Bute Street facade in two sections, northern of 3 storeys and 4 bays, articulated by banding and pilaster strips. Second floor has 4 almost square windows set close to eaves, central pair are grouped closer. First floor windows are set deeply with panelled aprons below. Band course at this level continues round building. On ground floor, windows follow line of those above, and have stone sills but northernmost is round headed. To left (N) of this window is round headed doorway with architrave and keystone. Southern section of storey has group of three large tall windows (small pane sashes) with moulded architrave supported on brackets and bracketed cornice above. On ground floor 3 windows grouped together, central window blocked, R window without architrave (apparently blocked doorway). To L of windows, round-headed doorway similar to that at N end of facade. Elevation facing S has two storey semi-hexagonal bay with pierced parapet above. Each face of bay has window on each floor, each surrounded by moulded architrave on small brackets.

To W, elevation somewhat altered and obscured by station canopy (modern) but follows pattern of E facade, omitting large boardroom windows. Station platform with free standing cast iron columns in Italian Renaissance style probably relocated. To N, elevation has doubled pilaster strips at ends, but door and window openings altered for fire escape.

Reason for Listing
Graded II* as an exceptionally early surviving example of purpose built railway architecture in Wales.

The Inner Harbour - An Historical Appraisal. An unpublished report prepared by The Survey of Cardiff for Cardiff Bay Development Corporation, March 1989, p. 37-39.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

On exposed corner site with long side parallel to Bute Street

Source: Cadw

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