As you walk around the streets and parks of Cardiff there are many plaques, statues and other monuments which tell us about the city's colourful past. For instance, why was the lighthouse erected at Roath Park to commemorate the historic voyage of Captain Scott to the Antarctic? Who was John Batchelor and why does his statue on The Hayes proclaim him to be 'The Friend of Freedom'? In this new book, you will find the answers to these questions alongside other information, such as what a tiny plaque on a camping shop can tell us about the origins of broadcasting in Wales, and the story of the humble row of 19th-century working class homes that won an architectural award some 150 years after their construction. In his latest book on the history of Cardiff, Dennis Morgan explains the stories that lie behind these memories of Cardiff in bygone days. The book is well illustrated with 200 pictures, many of which have not appeared in print before. It is an ideal volume for everyone who is interested in the fascinating story of the capital city of Wales.
Dennis Morgan was born in Cardiff and has lived there most of his life. He is a leading authority on the history of the city. This is the fifth book he has written since retirement. His previous works were The Cardiff Story, Discovering Cardiff's Past, Cardiff: A City at War and The Illustrated History of Cardiff's Suburbs. Dennis has taken part in many television and radio programmes relating to his native city and is a member of the Cardiff Heritage group. Apart from his writing, he continues to lecture on local and modern history.