Lisvane History

The village has been in existence for at least 1500 years and an Iron Age hill fort is the oldest feature in the locality, so there were people in the vicinity dating back to pre-recorded history.

The oldest existing village feature is the church, the current building dating from the 14th century. Go to the Historical Society page to read about our history and the Society’s activities.

Lisvane Historical Society

Lisvane Historical Society was established in January 2006 with the aim of undertaking research into the history of the village and to preserve current information.  The Society’s success will, to a degree, depend on the support residents give in providing documents, photographs and verbal accounts of village life over the years.

Can you help our research? We are trying to find as much information as we can about the men who died in World War One and World War Two and all the people who served in the armed forces during both wars. If you can help, please email us at

World War One

World War Two 

Next Meeting

We currently have no talks planned, however, we are happy to repeat some of the talks we have previously given to the Historical Society to other local groups. Talks available are: Llanishen Mill & Coed-y-Felin, the Caerphilly Tunnel, People of the Railway, E Turner and Sons, Lisvane during World War 2.

Future meetings will be advertised in the Lisvane LINK.

Recent Talks were

February, March, April 2016 – Lisvane Pubs: The Black Griffin, The Ty Mawr, The Old Cottage and The Pentre Gwilym

January 2016 – 10 years of the Lisvane Historical Society

Last season, there were talks on E. Turner & Sons 

The Turner family were responsible for the construction of a series of notable buildings including the City Hall, the Law Courts, the former Glamorgan County Hall and the Technical College (later re-named the Bute Building), Cardiff Royal Infirmary, the General Post Office, the Cardiff Exchange, the Central Free Library, the National Provincial Bank and many more landmark buildings. During this session we gave a slide show of photographs, the majority of which are over 100 years old and are of outstanding quality. Our grateful thanks to Glamorgan Archives for their assistance with this project.  The Timeline of Turner buildings may be viewed by clicking Here. 

One of the aims of the Society is to build a comprehensive collection of photographs, documents, articles and memories of subjects of relevance to Lisvane for present and future generations to enjoy. If you have an old tale about Lisvane, please let us know. Any information is welcomed and should be forwarded to, Gillian Lawson, 45, Ridgeway, Lisvane, Cardiff CF14 0RS. Tel 029 2075 3868. All information will be scanned into our system and returned.
You can also contact us by e-mail

Current projects which we are seeking information on:-

Although a significant amount of research has been undertaken on the following items, we are particularly looking for information on:-

Capel Gwilym Chapel.

Lisvane Blacksmiths

Lisvane Community Association

Lisvane Memorial hall

Any film taken in the village.
– The LHS holds a complete set of Link magazines but are missing a few issues of
the Newsletters.  If you have kept one of the following Newsletters we would be
grateful if you would let us scan your copy.
1967 – January February and May.
1970 – February, March, May, July September October and December.
1971 – February and June.

Projects which have recently undergone detailed research are:-

Llanishen Mill and Coed y Felin

Caerphilly Railway Tunnel

Lisvane Old School

Lisvane War Memorial and the names of the fallen from the First and Second World Wars.

Lisvane Time Line  (click here to view the timeline as compiled so far)

Can you add any details? Email

Click on the following headings for some of our local stories:

The Mill, from bottom of Old Mill Road, looking North

Llanishen Mill once stood on the corner of what are now Millrace Close and Clos Melyn Dwr. A photograph of the Old Mill is shown above. Please let us know if you have any further pictures of the mill or any other information.

Thank you for your support.