Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Cardiff, a municipal and parliamentary borough of S. Wales, the chief town of Glamorganshire, is situated at the mouth of the river Taff, on the estuary of the Severn. The terminus of several railways, it is also provided with extensive and commodious docks, covering an area of about 200 acres. It is thus the chief centre for the export of the mineral and manufactured produce of S. Wales.

Among the industries of the town itself are shipbuilding and ironworks. It has an old castle, built in the eleventh century, and celebrated as the prison in which Robert, Duke of Normandy, Henry I.'s brother, died in 1134. Other buildings of note are the county infirmary, town hall, university college, and public library and museum; and opposite to the castle grounds, on the banks of the Taff, are the Sophia gardens, a gift to the town from a former Marchioness of Bute. A suburb of Cardiff is the ancient city - the smallest in this country - of Llandaff. Cardiff is connected by steamers with America and the leading English and Irish ports.