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Located on the River Taff and close to the sea, Cardiff was under Norman occupation until the middle ages. Up until the 19th Century it was still only a small market town. Growth was sparked by the opening of the Glamorganshire Canal which enabled the efficient transport of coal and iron from Merthyr to the port and it then became the most populated town in Wales. The port and docks were established in the 1830's and by 1913 and with the coming of the railway it became the largest coal exporting port in the world.

Cardiff was subject to further growth and prosperity in the second half of the 19th and 20th centuries and this has resulted in some fine civic design and a rich architectural heritage. Examples can be seen in the Centre of Government and Commerce at Cathays Park and the buildings to be found at St Mary Street and Mount Stuart. Cathays Park was built in Portland Stone, a white/grey limestone from Dorset in the early 20th Century. St Mary's Street still remains Cardiff's principle shopping street. 'Howells', now a House of Fraser Department store displays a restored Victorian frontage with its ornate fa├žade and neo-classical extension built in the 1920's. The centre piece of Mount Stuart Square is The Coal Exchange. The Square was once home to 60 listed buildings, unfortunately some have been demolished, but the trade ethic and wealth of the area still remains with the square now accommodating arts agencies and media companies.

The purple colour of the coastal marl found near Penarth is characteristic of many of Cardiff's buildings. Local 'Radyr Stone', a breccia which is formed from the coarse re-worked fragments of the surrounding rocks is particularly distinctive and can be seen in Llandraff Cathedral, the buildings of Cardiff Docks and the bridges of the Taff Valley Railway.

Cardiff was proclaimed capital of Wales in 1955 and is now its chief commercial centre. The closure of the steel works and the decline of the coal industry at the end of the 20th century could have caused problems for the city, but an influx of money in the 1990's and the redevelopment of the waterfront area at Cardiff Bay stabilised the economy of the area. This was quickly followed by the establishment of the Welsh National Assembly at the Senedd building and the completion of the Mellenium stadium which is home to the Welsh Rugby and football teams. The building of the Wales Millenium Arts Complex and further enhancement of the docks area, has also has ensured its future position.