The Wenallt Wood, an area of ancient woodland on a ridge to the north of Cardiff, was purchased in 1924 by Councillor R. G. H. Snook, the Chairman of the Parks Committee. He believed that the land could be developed as a public park, possibly as a golf course, and he offered to sell the 113 acre plot to the Council for the same price that he paid (£1,100).[1] This was subsequently accepted, though the Chief Parks Officer recommended that the land be maintained largely in its existing condition, and not developed as a golf course. The purchase was completed in January 1925, and funds were allocated for the clearing and widening of the rides, the improvement of the footpaths, and the placing of rustic seats.

The cottage Wenallt House was purchased separately in 1927. Under the terms of the purchase the existing tenant was granted a seven year lease, which meant that the cottage could not be used for Council purposes until 1934.

In 1930, by which time he had become Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Alderman Snook purchased and presented to the City as a gift, a further 26 acres of land at the Wenallt which had remained in private ownership. The following year the Parks Committee decided that a plaque was to be placed on the entrance gate in Wenallt Lane recording the fact that the wood was secured for the public by the public-spirited action of the Lord Mayor.[2] The inscription as reported in the Western Mail stated that "this park was secured for the recreation and enjoyment of the public by the foresight and generosity of Alderman R.G. Hill Snook, Lord Mayor of Cardiff, 1930-31".[3]

The Parks Department Inventory of Parks Buildings and Equipment, compiled for insurance purposes in April 1938, included the following information for Wenallt Cottage:

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  This image originated in 1931
Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd. (postmarked 1954)  

Sources of Information

In general, the information in this section is taken from A. A. Pettigrew, The Public Parks and Recreation Grounds of Cardiff, Volume 5.

Other sources are:

  1. Meeting of the Parks Open Spaces and Burial Board Committee 7th October 1924
  2. Parks Open Spaces and Burial Board Committee 15th July 1931
  3. Western Mail 30 July 1931, cited by A.A. Pettigrew