978 1 86057 127 5
ALWAYS AMONGST FRIENDS
lavishly illustrated book will explore the history of the
Cardiff and County Club, from its formation during the
mid-1860s by a group of prominent people in the life of Cardiff
and key members of the local
gentry, within the social,
economic, political and sporting context of the
Victorian coal metropolis that developed into the dynamic
Welsh capital of today.
Club’s founders were led by local solicitor Henry Heard who,
like thousands of others, had moved to Cardiff to work in the
expanding town. As the trade of the docks, businesses and
shops all flourished, the men of influence, high social standing
and growing wealth were looking for somewhere to gather, relax,
dine and socialise with their friends and acquaintances. The
initial Club was created in 1866 within the Royal Hotel, before
separate premises were established
alongside. By the late Victorian era, there was the need
for a new and larger building, and through a close association
with the Bute Estate, the current clubhouse was constructed.
the years, the Club’s membership has been drawn from every
walk of life of Cardiff, with some of the most well-known
families of south Wales being members for many years and over
book will not only trace the formal history of the Club and its
leading members, but will also celebrate of the social aspects
of the Club, its rich camaraderie and colourful characters, plus
the staff who have been the lifeblood of the Club and have
maintained the high
standards established by Heard and the Founder Members.
it has been behind the red bricks and
mahogany door that the core values of sociability and
kinship, plus good food and fine wine, still remain with men
representing every facet of life in Cardiff and its surrounding
area enjoying the benefits of belonging to Wales’ leading
private members’ club. Over the years, a number of balls and
other social events organised through the Club have allowed its
members and their spouses to mingle and unwind in a convivial
Over the years, the talk of Club members has been about a number of country sports, especially horse-racing with the members in the 1880s and 1890s riding in an annual steeplechase. A polo club was created soon afterwards, as well as an annual golf tournament, with members also enjoying flying and motoring in the inter-war era. The proximity to the Arms Park has also allowed members to gather on the balconies of the Clubhouse to watch Wales’ rugby internationals, besides events in the Empire Games of 1958.
Andrew Hignell’s extensive research and highly readable narrative also outlines the changes within the fabric, structure and membership of the Club, including the disappearance of the garden at the rear, the establishment of a car park, the introduction of modern technology and catering equipment, as well as, from November 2014, of lady members.
in Gloucester and raised in Cardiff, the book’s author Andrew
is the 1st XI Scorer and Archivist to Glamorgan
County Cricket Club. Andrew caught the cricket bug as a young
schoolboy in Cardiff following Glamorgan’s success in winning
the 1969 County Championship.