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Adamsdown is the name of an electoral ward in the south of Cardiff, capital city of Wales. It covers the community of Adamsdown. It was originally one of the ten wards created in 1890 for elections to Cardiff County Borough Council. Since 1996 it has been a ward to the current Cardiff Council unitary authority.

Adamsdown ward
Electoral ward
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Location of the Adamsdown ward within Cardiff
Population10,371 (2011 census)[1]
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCARDIFF
Postcode districtCF24
Dialling code+44-29
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
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The Adamsdown ward is divided from the city centre by the (previously Taff Vale) railway line and Queen Street station. Its longest south eastern border is defined by the mainline railway and its northern border by Newport Road (the A461). To the north are the Plasnewydd and Penylan wards, to the south is Butetown and to the southeast is Splott.[2] The ward encompasses Cardiff Prison and the Cardiff Royal Infirmary.

According to the 2011 UK Census, the population of the ward was 10,371, with 8,548 of voting age.[1]

City and County of Cardiff CouncilEdit

The Adamsdown ward elected two councillors to Cardiff Council since 1995. It has been represented by the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats.[3]

Liberal Democrat, John Dixon, was a councillor from 1999 and briefly became an Assembly Member of the Welsh Assembly in 2011. He had to resign his Assembly seat because of his outside appointments, then lost his council seat at the May 2012 Cardiff Council elections.[4]

Representation 1995 – date [3]
Election    Labour      Lib Dem  
2017 1 1
2012 1 1
2008 - 2
2004 - 2
1999 - 2
1995 2 -

Cardiff County Borough CouncilEdit

Wards of Cardiff, 1890

In July 1890, following the creation of Cardiff County Borough Council, Adamsdown was one of the ten new electoral wards created in the county borough.[5] The ward stretched south as far as the coast, bordered to the west by the Bute West Dock and the South ward. Each of the three councillors took turns to stand for re-election, on a three-yearly cycle.[6]

In the November 1890 election Edward Thomas successfully defended his seat, for the Liberal Party, with 70% of the vote. He was then dragged by enthusiastic supporters, in a carriage to the nearby Reform Club.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Adamsdown - Key Stats (Age structure)". Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  2. ^ "Election maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  3. ^ a b "Cardiff Council Election Results 1995-2012" (PDF). The Elections Centre. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  4. ^ Peter Law (4 May 2012). "Scientology-baiting Lib Dem John Dixon loses his Adamsdown seat to Labour". Wales Online. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  5. ^ "Cardiff New Wards - Determining The Boundaries". The Western Mail. 29 July 1890. p. 6 – via Welsh Newspapers Online.
  6. ^ "New Municipal Boundaries At Cardiff". The Western Mail. 6 August 1890. p. 7 – via Welsh Newspapers Online.
  7. ^ "Cardiff Municipal Elections - Liberal Victory". South Wales Daily News. 3 November 1890. p. 3 – via Welsh Newspapers Online.