A Journey back to Tudor Cardiff
Introduction to Tudor Cardiff
Welcome to a journey through a Cardiff long gone, but with clues of its past all around us. My name is James and I live in Cardiff, guiding visitors and locals through the hidden gems of the capital city of Wales. I'm delighted you are joining me for this journey through Tudor Cardiff.
You should be standing in front of steps leading to an enclosed garden, opposite Barclays Bank. We're going to spend a few minutes here before we get moving.
The name Tudor immediately conjures up romantic images of times gone by, of palaces, costumes, theatre, and even a style of architecture. The name Tudor comes from the Royal family which ruled England and Wales throughout the entire 1500s. The Tudors were one of the most colourful and dramatic dynasties ever to rule us, whose Kings and Queens were powerful, strident and demanding. It was a time of great change, in language, style, and religion. The Tudor period has entered into legend and left a permanent mark on our culture.
But what of Cardiff at that time? It was so different from the busy capital city we know today. Tudor Cardiff was tiny, pretty insignificant, a town of just 1,500 people, clustered into tight streets and enclosed by a town wall. Few remains exist of that town today, but what clues remain paint a picture of a colourful, lively town, with lively characters, some of whom had impact and influence way beyond the walls of this town. On this tour I hope I can help you imagine yourself back in Cardiff in the 1500s, what you might have seen and who you might have met.
Before we get going, let me briefly explain how VoiceMap works.
It uses your location to play audio automatically, at the right time and place. This means that you can put your phone away now. Don't worry if I'm silent for a while, when I'm not giving directions or telling stories. There's a map on your screen if you ever feel lost, and if you do get way off track without noticing, VoiceMap will let you know.
So come with me, lets leave this modern city behind and begin our walk back in time.
Please turn so that Barclays Bank is to your left and begin walking. In a moment I will rejoin you and we can begin our Tudor journey.