HOME
The Info List - Lisvane


--- Advertisement ---



Lisvane
Lisvane
(Welsh: Llys-faen) is an affluent community in the north of Cardiff, the capital of Wales, located 5 miles (8.0 km) north of the city centre. Lisvane
Lisvane
is generally considered to be one of the wealthiest residential areas of Wales, with an average house price £410,000 as of 2011, with many properties worth in excess of £1 million.[2] Lisvane
Lisvane
has 3,319 residents,[3] and comprises approximately 1,700 dwellings, a local village shop, a primary school, a community cabin library, a park, a nursery, a parish church, a public house, a war memorial, a Scout hall and community or village hall.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early history 1.2 The Tŷ Mawr 1.3 Methodist
Methodist
Church 1.4 Lisvane
Lisvane
and the Cold War

2 Governance

2.1 Community Council 2.2 Cardiff
Cardiff
Council 2.3 Welsh Assembly 2.4 Westminster

3 Geography

3.1 Geological structure 3.2 M4 motorway 3.3 The Graig

4 Demography 5 Economy 6 Landmarks 7 Education 8 Religious sites 9 Sports and recreation 10 Public services and village facilities 11 Notable people with Lisvane
Lisvane
connections 12 See also 13 References 14 External links

History[edit] Early history[edit] The Welsh language
Welsh language
name Llys-faen means 'Stone Court' (llys – court and faen/maen – stone). There have been several alternative spellings in the English language over the centuries such as: Lysvayen, Lucyvene, Llisuine, Lyssefayn, Lysfayn, Lucyvine, Lucyvenye, Lucyveny, Leysvayen, Les Ffayne, Lliffeni. The village probably settled on the present name from around 1630. Each early Welsh kingdom was divided into lesser administrative units, Cantrefs, which were further subdivided into Cymydau (commotes). In each commote the royal taxation house was a large building made almost certainly of stone because it had to be permanent, weather proof and thief proof. The commote of Cibbwr/Kibbor was on land between Cefn Onn ridge and the coast and most historians agree that Llys-faen was its administrative centre, however Roath
Roath
has also staked a claim. There is now no indication of the actual whereabouts of the Llys Faen or Stone Court, although various theories have been advanced. The earthworks at Graig Llwyn is held to be the oldest artificial feature in Lisvane, proposed by several archaeologists to be the remains of an Iron Age
Iron Age
stronghold. No definite date or purpose can yet be confirmed for this earthwork. At the start of the 13th century the parish lands of Llanishen
Llanishen
and Lisvane
Lisvane
had been divided into Norman manors that were expected to provide food for the castle garrisoned at Cardiff. The southern facing slopes of the ridge above Lisvane
Lisvane
with their rich agricultural land soon became the grain growing area for the supplies which were transported to Roath
Roath
Mill for processing. There is a persisting local oral legend that the Cromwell family once lived briefly in the Black Griffin Inn, and also that Oliver Cromwell stayed there prior to the Battle of St Fagans in May 1648. There is no evidence to support this, though Cromwell must have lodged somewhere, but it is more likely that the Inn's only Cromwellian association is with soldiers of Cromwell's Model army. Cromwell was, however, of Welsh ancestry (his real name was Williams) and his great-grandfather came from this area. The Tŷ Mawr[edit] The farmhouse, on the Graig slope overlooking the village, was included in the estate of the Lewis family. In 1900 part of the estate was let to Lisvane
Lisvane
Golf Club, who established a 9-hole course there but two years later, the club moved to Radyr, taking the clubhouse with them. From just after the Second World War, the fox hounds of the local Lisvane
Lisvane
Hunt were kennelled at Tŷ Mawr until it became a public house in the 1960s. The Llanishen
Llanishen
and Lisvane
Lisvane
Hunt had several homes over the years with the hunts most latterly setting off from Llan Farm on Graig Llwyn Road. The village hunt disbanded around 1997 on the death of the then hunt Master. There is a local tradition that for a period during the 1800s, Erw-wen, on Rudry
Rudry
Road, was also a pub or beer house, possibly called the Red Cow, although no documentary proof has been found. Methodist
Methodist
Church[edit] Unlike the Norman parish church of St Denys that has stood for over seven hundred years, the first Baptist
Baptist
Chapel in Lisvane
Lisvane
was built in 1789 on Chapel Road, now renamed Rudry
Rudry
Road, and only stood for less than thirty years until it had to be rebuilt during 1818. Less than forty years later the foundations of the second church were becoming unsafe and a third chapel was constructed, but by 1910 further renovations and repairs were necessary as it had become dilapidated. Just a hundred years later the Methodist
Methodist
congregation no longer supports a separate chapel building and now holds its weekly services in the Memorial Hall. Lisvane
Lisvane
and the Cold War[edit] A few yards away from the Ordnance Survey's triangulation point on the Graig stands Lisvane's only Cold War
Cold War
nuclear bunker. During World War II the Royal Observer Corps
Royal Observer Corps
(ROC) observation post stood on the Graig with its clear views over the village and the city of Cardiff. The volunteer ROC observers spotted many German Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
raids approaching across the channel and activated the air raid warnings in the Cardiff
Cardiff
area. In early 1966 a protected nuclear fallout shelter (or bunker) was completed on the site for the ROC (OS Grid Ref: ST 1898 8508), who by the 1960s had switched from above ground aircraft spotting to underground operations with instruments to detect nuclear explosions and warn the public of approaching radioactive fallout in the event of nuclear war. The only time post members had been mobilised and volunteers spent nearly ten days underground was during the Cuban Missile Crisis
Cuban Missile Crisis
as the government prepared the country for potential outbreak of war. The Lisvane
Lisvane
nuclear bunker was abandoned by the ROC in 1991 when the Corps itself was disbanded with the end of the Cold War
Cold War
and as a result of recommendations in the governments Options for Change review of UK defence. The Lisvane
Lisvane
nuclear bunker still exists but it was purchased by a mobile phone communications company who built a radio mast inside the fenced compound and sited some of their equipment in the underground facility. Governance[edit]

Lisvane
Lisvane
electoral ward in Cardiff

Community Council[edit] The village has an elected community council with ten elected members. It is represented by Conservatives on the city council. Cardiff
Cardiff
Council[edit] The ward of Lisvane
Lisvane
elects a single councillor to Cardiff
Cardiff
Council, currently[when?] this is David Walker (Conservative). Before 1999, Lisvane
Lisvane
was, with Old St Mellons
Old St Mellons
and Pontprennau, part of the ward of Lisvane
Lisvane
and Old St Mellons, which elected a single councillor to Cardiff
Cardiff
Council. In 1995, Lisvane
Lisvane
and Old St. Mellons was the only ward in Cardiff
Cardiff
to elect a Conservative councillor. By 1999, the growth of Pontprennau
Pontprennau
led to the establishment of a separate ward of Pontprennau
Pontprennau
and Old St. Mellons, which elects two councillors, and Lisvane
Lisvane
became a ward on its own. The ward is bounded by those of Caerphilly
Caerphilly
county borough to the north; Pontprennau
Pontprennau
& Old St. Mellons to the east; Pentwyn to the southeast; Llanishen
Llanishen
and Cyncoed
Cyncoed
to the south; and Rhiwbina
Rhiwbina
to the west. Welsh Assembly[edit]

Grade II listed buildings (Carn Ingli (left) and Cerrig Llwyd (right)) in Lisvane

The Welsh Assembly
Welsh Assembly
representative for Cardiff
Cardiff
North is Welsh Labour
Welsh Labour
AM Julie Morgan. Westminster[edit] The electoral ward of Lisvane
Lisvane
falls within the parliamentary constituency of Cardiff
Cardiff
North, which has been represented since 2017 by Anna McMorrin
Anna McMorrin
(Labour). Geography[edit]

Part of Parc Cefn Onn Country Park, Lisvane

Geological structure[edit] The surrounding soils are mostly a strong, brown, dry earth, well adapted for arable farming and the growing of grains of all kinds that contributed to the area being a mostly farming community until the modern era. Soils were further enriched over the millennia by alluvial deposits from the meandering River Taff and other smaller tributaries. The substratum under the whole area is a limestone and lime shale that was likely laid down under a warm ocean at some stage in the distant past and subsequently ground down by glaciers during the last Ice Age around 18,000 years ago. M4 motorway[edit] The neighbouring suburbs are Llanishen
Llanishen
to the south, Thornhill to the west and Lisvane's effective northern border is the M4 motorway. The M4 corridor around Cardiff
Cardiff
was announced in 1971 as a replacement for a northern link road that had been on the statutes since 1947 but never built. The northern ' Lisvane
Lisvane
route' for the M4 was eventually chosen after a number of public enquiries and objections from village residents. The new motorway was completed and opened in July 1980. The Graig[edit] The Graig is situated north of Lisvane. It borders on Caerphilly. There is also a quarry near the Graig which is now abandoned. The Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk
Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk
runs along the top of the Graig, and has some very good walks and mountain biking routes. Particular favourites for locals include routes to the east to Rudry
Rudry
and the Maenllwyd Inn, and to the west to Caerphilly
Caerphilly
mountain, The Travellers Rest, and further on to Tongwynlais, Castell Coch
Castell Coch
and the Taff Trail. Demography[edit] The United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Census 2011 demographically showed that the total population of Lisvane
Lisvane
was 3,707. The average age was 44.6 years old and 69% of the adult population were married. Of the 3,707 total, children under the age of 19 accounted for 864 and people over the age of sixty five totalled 866. 1,515 were in full-time employment, and 188 of those worked exclusively from home. Of those that travelled to their place of employment 1,090 drove by private car, 74 travelled by train and 43 by bus, 34 walked, 9 cycled and 77 travelled as passengers in other vehicles. The white population accounted for 92.6% of the residents and of the remainder 4.2% were Asian, 0.5% Chinese, 1.5% were of mixed race and 0.2% were Black. Economy[edit] There are little in the way of major employers in the village. The area still has a predominantly farming economy. Some local employment is provided by the service industries of the shops and public houses. The general affluence in the village is mainly drawn from employment in the commerce and industry centre of the capital city. An increasing number of employees are working from home via high speed internet links and telephone. Following improvements in the road and rail infrastructure some Lisvane
Lisvane
residents commute daily to work in Bristol and London. Landmarks[edit]

Cefn Onn Country Park The war memorial St Denys Church Graig Llwyn earthworks The Graig Mountain Lisvane
Lisvane
Reservoir Lisvane
Lisvane
(CAC) Tennis Club

Education[edit] Corpus Christi High School is the only secondary school located within Lisvane, just on its boundary with the ward of Cyncoed. However, school age residents fall into the catchment area for Llanishen
Llanishen
High School in the ward of Llanishen, which is more accessible. Llysfaen
Llysfaen
Primary School serves the local population of 4–11-year olds. Religious sites[edit]

St. Denys Church

Lisvane
Lisvane
has two active churches that meet for a range of weekly services in the village: Originally built in the 12[4]th century and remodelled several times since, St Denys' Church[5] is an Anglican
Anglican
church which holds both traditional liturgical and modern services. The congregation meets in the Listed Church Building, which is notable for the imposing and unusual tower with a pitched roof but lacking the normal Norman castellations, located just opposite the Black Griffin pub in the centre of the village. Lisvane
Lisvane
Baptist
Baptist
church[6] meets in the Memorial Hall on Heol-y-Delyn road. Howell Harris, one of the most famous pioneer Calvinistic
Calvinistic
Methodist ministers, preached regularly during meetings held at several private houses in Lisvane
Lisvane
between 1766 and 1769, just before his death. Sports and recreation[edit] Lisvane
Lisvane
Cricket
Cricket
club was formed in 1979. The club is now based at Llwynarthen in nearby St Mellons. They run 5 adult sides, with the 1st XI playing in the Glamorgan and Monmouthshire Cricket
Cricket
League Division 2, as well as running youth sides from Under 9 to Under 15. Lisvane
Lisvane
Panthers Junior Football Club fields sides in the under 8 Mini league, the Juniors at 11 – under16 and an over 16 youth team. Lisvane
Lisvane
Panthers Football Club, home ground Cardiff
Cardiff
University pitches in Llanrumney, entered the Lazarou League in 2011. The team won three league and cup doubles (Division 4 in 2012, Division 3 in 2013, Division 2 in 2014) as well as reaching consecutive Lazarou Cup finals in 2013 and 2014. Lisvane (CAC) Tennis Club
Lisvane (CAC) Tennis Club
is located just north of Lisvane
Lisvane
and Thornhill railway station and is the tennis section of the Cardiff Athletic Club. The nearest rugby union team is in nearby Llanishen. Public services and village facilities[edit]

Lisvane
Lisvane
and Thornhill station

The area is served by Lisvane and Thornhill railway station
Lisvane and Thornhill railway station
with services northbound to Rhymney and southbound to Cardiff
Cardiff
Central via Cardiff
Cardiff
Queen Street. Cardiff
Cardiff
Bus operates services 27 (Thornhill/Birchgrove/Heath/Cathays), 28 (Llanishen/Roath),) and 86 (Llanishen/Heath/Gabalfa/Cathays) from Cardiff
Cardiff
central bus station through the area. There are two pubs in Lisvane; the Ty Mawr and the Black Griffin, named after the Tredegar House Morgan family's arms that featured a gryphon, sable, segreant, and only recently returned to its traditional name having been called simply The Griffin for many years. There is a third pub called The Old Cottage just across the railway line that divides Thornhill and Lisvane. A kilometre from the centre of the village is Parc Cefn Onn or Cefn Onn Country Park an extensive mixed species arboretum, with lakes and woodland walks. The park was laid out around ninety years ago and planted by the railway manager who lived in a large estate near Cefn Onn Halt, at the time Lisvane's tiny "request only" and underused railway station, which closed in 1985 when it was replaced by the current modern railway station closer to the village. Cefn Onn Halt stood a hundred metres away from the railway tunnel that vanishes under Llanishen
Llanishen
Golf Club and Caerphilly
Caerphilly
mountain. Notable people with Lisvane
Lisvane
connections[edit]

This article does not cite any sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (February 2018) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

Dave Edmunds, musician and record producer, lived in the village in the 1970s and early 1980s. Wynne Evans, (opera singer), lives in Lllanishen. Rhys Griffiths, footballer, former resident of Lisvane. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, footballer, lived in Lisvane
Lisvane
during his time with Cardiff
Cardiff
City FC during 2007/08. Alun Hoddinott, composer, lived in Lisvane
Lisvane
until his death in 2008. Sir Julian Hodge (1904–2004), founder of the Bank of Wales
Wales
and the Jane Hodge Foundation. Owned a mansion in Lisvane; however, later lived abroad. Bernard Knight CBE, Professor of Forensic Pathology and historical crime writer, lives in Lisvane. Joe Jacobson, footballer, former resident of Lisvane. Gwilym Jones, Member of Parliament and Under Secretary of State for Wales, 1992–1997, lives in Lisvane. Andrew Moore, rugby union player, lives in Lisvane. Robert Rogers, Baron Lisvane, Clerk of the House of Commons, 2011-14. John Tabatabai, poker player, previously lived in Lisvane. Nigel Walker, athlete rugby union player, now Head of Internal Communications at BBC Wales, lives in Lisvane. Chandra Wickramasinghe, Professor of Applied Mathematics and Astronomy, lives in Lisvane. Mark Williams, snooker player, lived in Lisvane
Lisvane
in the early 2000s.

See also[edit]

Lisvane
Lisvane
Community Council Website

References[edit]

^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 8 April 2015.  ^ "Lisvane's home values". Zoopla. Retrieved 29 June 2011.  ^ Office for National Statistics : Neighbourhood Statistics : Census 2001 : Cardiff ^ History of St Denys ^ St Denys Church Website ^ Lisvane
Lisvane
Baptist
Baptist
Church Website Archived 11 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

Lisvane
Lisvane
Cricket
Cricket
Club Website Lisvane
Lisvane
Panthers Junior Football Club Website www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Lisvane
Lisvane
and surrounding area Friends of Parc Cefn Onn

v t e

City of Cardiff

About Cardiff

Architecture

Arcades Listed buildings Tallest buildings

City centre Culture and recreation Economy and industry History (Timeline) Leisure centres Libraries Media People Places Politics Public art Schools Sport Transport

Bus Rail Cycle Water Air

Cardiff
Cardiff
templates

Culture Economy Education Landmarks and visitor attractions Media Politics Sport Transport

Neighbourhoods

Adamsdown Birchgrove Butetown Caerau Canton Cardiff
Cardiff
Bay Cardiff
Cardiff
Gate Cathays Creigiau Cyncoed Danescourt Ely Fairwater Gabalfa Grangetown Heath Lisvane Llandaff Llandaff
Llandaff
North Llanishen Llanrumney Pentwyn Pentyrch Penylan Pontcanna Pontprennau Radyr
Radyr
and Morganstown Rhiwbina Riverside Roath Rumney Splott St Fagans St Mellons Thornhill Tongwynlais Tremorfa Trowbridge Whitchurch

Principal areas of Wales

v t e

Communities of Cardiff

Adamsdown Butetown Caerau Canton Castle Cathays Cyncoed Ely Fairwater Gabalfa Grangetown Heath Lisvane Llandaff Llandaff
Llandaff
North Llanishen Llanrumney Pentwyn Pentyrch Pontprennau Radyr
Radyr
and Morganstown Rhiwbina Riverside Roath Rumney St Fagans Old St Mellons Splott Tongwynlais Trowbridge Whitchurch

v t e

Politics and Government in Cardiff

Local Government

City of Cardiff
Cardiff
Council County Hall City Hall Elections

Local Government Electoral wards

Adamsdown Butetown Caerau Canton Cathays Creigiau
Creigiau
& St Fagans Cyncoed Ely Fairwater Gabalfa Grangetown Heath Lisvane Llandaff Llandaff
Llandaff
North Llanishen Llanrumney Pentwyn Pentyrch Penylan Plasnewydd Pontprennau
Pontprennau
& Old St Mellons Radyr
Radyr
& Morganstown Rhiwbina Riverside Rumney Splott Trowbridge Whitchurch & Tongwynlais

National Assembly for Wales Constituencies and AMs

Cardiff
Cardiff
Central (Jenny Rathbone Lab) Cardiff
Cardiff
North (Julie Morgan Lab) Cardiff
Cardiff
West (Mark Drakeford Lab) Cardiff
Cardiff
South and Penarth (Vaughan Gething Lab) South Wales
Wales
Central (Gareth Bennett - Andrew RT Davies
Andrew RT Davies
- Neil McEvoy
Neil McEvoy
- David Melding)

Devolved Administration in Wales Institutions and Venues

National Assembly for Wales
Wales
(Senedd Tŷ Hywel) Welsh Government Crown Building ( Cathays
Cathays
Park))

House of Commons Constituencies and MPs

Cardiff
Cardiff
Central (Jo Stevens Lab) Cardiff
Cardiff
North (Anna McMorrin Lab) Cardiff
Cardiff
West (Kevin Brennan Lab) Cardiff
Cardiff
South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty Lab)

European Parliament Constituencies and MEPs

Wales
Wales
(Jill Evans Plaid) (Kay Swinburne Con) (Nathan Gill UKIP) (Derek Vaughan Lab)

Police and crime commissioner

South Wales
Wales
(Alun Michael Lab)

Headquarters

Plaid Cymru Wales
Wales
Green Party Welsh Conservative Party Welsh Labour Welsh

.