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"Statue of John Batchelor" Statues & Sculptures Tip by mindcrime

Statues & Sculptures, Cardiff: 7 reviews and 16 photos

  Statue of John Batchelor
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  • Statue of John Batchelor - Cardiff
      Statue of John Batchelor
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  • window full of sewing machines - Cardiff
      window full of sewing machines
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  • Tabernacl - Cardiff
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  • bar at St John lane - Cardiff
      bar at St John lane
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John Batchelor (1820-1883) wasn’t born in Cardiff but became popular here as a merchant and later as a liberal politician and a mayor of Cardiff. He was in “war” with the Butes (who supported the Tory party) and probably John Batchelor’s shipbuilding business collapsed because of this conflict. Anyway, we took a picture of his statue that was made in 1886 by sculptor James Milo Griffith. Under Batchelor’s name it reads “The Friend of Freedom” (He fought against slavery for many years)

Then we saw a store with the front window full of sewing machines!! (pic 2). We walked a bit more towards the bay and we saw a church (pic 3). It’s Tabernacl, a welsh Baptist Church. It was built in 1821 and rebuild in 1865. We didn’t check the interior. Services in welsh on Sunday at 10.30 & 18.00

Next to the church we noticed another beautiful building, actually a bar/restaurant but what we liked was the way it was litted during the night(pic 4).

Walking back to the city center we loved the way St John the Baptist church looks in the night (pic 5)


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  • Written May 22, 2011
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