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Much loved Cardiff pub The Vulcan takes shape at St Fagans

02 Jan 2023 3 minute read
The Vulcan as it stood in Cardiff and now taking shape at St Fagans

Work on rebuilding one of Cardiff’s most historic pubs at St Fagans National Museum of History, has taken a huge step forward.

The Vulcan closed its doors a decade ago in 2012 and was then dismantled brick by brick, to be reassembled in the grounds of the museum.

As a picture, taken a couple of days by Twitter user @NearlyMart shows, work has progressed to the point where the scaffolding surrounding the building has now been removed and the pub has re-emerged ready to continue its proud history.

The Vulcan, which originally stood at 10 Adam Street, Adamsdown, Cardiff, is being reinterpreted as a working pub as it was in the First World War and displayed as it was in 1915, an important year for the pub.

Its interior had just been redesigned to include gentsโ€™ urinals and its distinctive green tiles added to the front of the building.

The pub is being carefully rebuilt using the original stones, bricks and woodwork, all placed exactly in their original positions.

The aim is that The Vulcan will once more open its doors at the museum in 2024.

The history of The Vulcan pub

The Vulcan was originally built in Newtown, Cardiff during the 19th century.

It originally opened its doors in 1853.

At the time Cardiff was growing from being a small town to the most important coal port in the world.

Newtown, now long gone, was known as ‘Little Ireland’ because it was home to many Irish people who came across to Wales during the Irish famine to build Cardiff docks.

Originally, beds in the front two upstairs rooms of the Vulcan were rented out to seamen whose ships were in port.

This is why it was originally known as a hotel and pub. The landlordโ€™s family lived in the back rooms.

It was popular with the steel and dock workers from the working class communities.

The pub was built next to the nearby ironworks which provided the inspiration for its name: Vulcan was the Roman god of fire and metalworking, often depicted holding a hammer as used by a blacksmith.

(Credit: St Fagans National Museum of History)

Curators at the museum have already been out and about conducting oral histories with former customers and landlords of the pub, recording and filming their experiences and memories. But they’d love to find out more, so if you has any stories or photographs or objects related to the Vulcan, get in touch.

Find out more HERE

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Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 year ago

Where they will get the sawdust is a mystery but without it the place won’t be the Vulcan.

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