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A letter from The Victorian Society South Wales Group, dated 4 July 1984, containing comments on the proposed amendments to the East Moors Local Plan.

One such amendment states that while Cardiff City Council has agreed to retain and refurbish some buildings, the society wishes them to be more active in including these plans in their overall scheme. This includes the suggestion of making Building Preservation orders on the LMS Warehouse and Spillers Warehouse.

The foundation of The Victorian Society began when Anne, Lady Rosse, inherited a well preserved family house at 18 Stafford Terrace, Kensington, after the death of her brother in 1946.

In 1957, she invited a group of 32 friends (who included John Betjeman and Nikolaus Pevsner), to consider creating a society for the preservation and appreciation of Victorian arts and architecture. The Victorian Society was founded in the same house, a year later.

From the beginning it was agreed that despite being called ‘The Victorian Society’, they would also include arts and architecture from the Edwardian period up to the outbreak of the First World War.

However, the founding of the Society took place against the backdrop of an almost universal dislike of the Victorian arts and all things Victorian, with a widespread destruction of Victorian buildings being common place in the post war reconstruction. The Society strove to avoid an over emphasis on London and began forming groups across the UK.

Glamorgan Archives, DVS/5/1
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