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Plans to rebuild Cardiff's Vulcan Hotel submitted

The Vulcan Hotel Cardiff

It appears that the iconic Vulcan Hotel that was dismantled last year will live on in a museum after plans were submitted to rebuild it at the St Fagans National History Museum.

The Vulcan Hotel was one of Cardiff’s oldest pubs/hotels and had been open since 1853. The building was situated on Adam St and saw Cardiff’s landscape change dramatically over the years. Until recently it was situated opposite the ATRiuM building –once a campus for the University of Glamorgan, it is now a part of the University of South Wales after the merger of a number of universities in South Wales.

The Vulcan Hotel was popular with many generations, the regulars continued to visit throughout the years and once the ATRiuM was built, students started to see it as a quiet place to relax with a pint before heading out into Cardiff city centre. This audience mixture was rarely seen in other pubs around Cardiff.

Calls to rebuild the iconic pub

The Vulcan Hotel was dismantled brick by brick last year instead of being demolished because of its listed status, and calls for a re-erection have been constant, now it seems these calls will finally come to fruition.

St Fagans would like to rebuild the iconic hotel as it looked in 1915, however, very few pictures have been recorded from that time so they’re appealing for all people who have any pictures from this date to get in touch.

Gerallt Nash, the senior curator of historic buildings said:

"We don't have many early pictures. If anyone remembers going there and can describe it, or have early photographs of the Vulcan, we would like to see them."

The rebuilding plans will ensure that the building’s original tiles are used, as these tiles bear the hotel’s name. The rebuild will also see the toilets receive some new iconic furniture with a set of gents’ ceramic urinals from 1914 set to be installed.

Exploring Cardiff’s history

St Fagans have revealed that the rebuild will play a part in the museum’s new Cardiff history feature. The museum aims to tell the story of Cardiff throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries and they see this hotel as a massive part of the story. The museum has also revealed that they could erect the hotel as a working exhibition, rather than just a display model.

The Vulcan Hotel was an iconic image in Cardiff for years. Here at Capital Properties, we've got some staff members who actually studied in the ATRiuM a few years ago and loved visiting the pub/hotel. If you studied in the ATRiuM or anywhere else in Cardiff and visited the Vulcan Hotel, we’d love to hear your nostalgic thoughts. You can contact us on our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages.

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