Below: The estate complete, sometime in the early 1900s. On the left can be seen the monolithic board school that still dominates the skyline With a church, chapel, school and a multitude of shops, the estate was certain to become a success from the outset. The byelaw gridiron layout of long terraces punctuated by side streets to act as firebreaks dominates Welsh urban landscape. The one flaw in the design was that the streets were laid out long before any notion of widespread ownership of motor cars, the only real access to the estate is via Harcourt Street which leads to dangerous roads and regular disruption. High housing density causes perennial parking problems for residents as there is never enough space for cars.

 

The View for Sunday 7 January 2001

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