Disregarding Cardiff’s History 1

In 1536 – Henry VIII reformed the church of england, causing greyfriars and blackfriars to close. In 1570 the ruin of the Franciscan friary was purchased by the Herbert family and developed into a mansion called Greyfriars House. The mansion however wasn’t maintained towards the end of the 18th century, but the ruins remained a Cardiff landmark right up until 1958 when it was controversially sold to developers and demolished to make way for the Pearl Assurance building (now Capital Tower) which was completed in 1967.

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