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St. Nicholas is a rural dormitory village situated on a high ridge along the A48, 2 miles west of Cardiff in the Wenvoe ward of the Vale of Glamorgan. Although surrounded by fields, St. Nicholas is only a short journey from the out of town retail area at Culverhouse Cross at the bottom of Tumble Hill to the east. The village takes its name from the parish church, dedicated to St Nicholas.
St. Nicholas originated as an agricultural community under the patronage of several different landowners, most notably the Cory family of Dyffryn, who owned much of the land in the area in the 19th and early 20th centuries. By then the village contained several inns, built to serve the travellers along the former turnpike road, as well as agricultural barns and farmsteads. A smithy, police station and post office are all marked on the 1878 map. Today, all of these facilities have gone and the village is mainly in residential use apart from the two churches (Trehill and St. Nicholas), the Church hall, and a small primary school, of Victorian foundation, off School Lane. All of the former agricultural buildings are either in use as storage or have been converted into houses. New houses, of the last 50 years or so, account for a high proportion of the buildings in the Conservation Area, indicating that the village has become popular with commuters. There is no public house or shop in the village.
The village is situated in the Wenvoe Ward of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, which includes Wenvoe village, Culverhouse Cross, Twyn-yr-odyn, St. Lythans, Duffryn, Trehill, St. Nicholas and Bonvilston and is half of the St. Nicholas and Bonvilston Community Council. Surprisingly, The Downs are in the Peterston-Super-Ely ward and the St. Brides and St. Georges Community Council.
Boundary Map of St. Nicholas (current and prior to its reduction):
Since the 1970s, much of St. Nicholas is protected by a Conservation Area. In July 2009, the Council produced a St. Nicholas Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan, listing the following Negative factors:
There are a number of elements which detract from the special character of the area, and which offer potential for beneficial change. They are:
• The A48 dominates the village and provides busy traffic which often appears to ignore the 30 mph speed limit through the village;
• Wide road and narrow pavements, providing little protection to pedestrians;