A pub has existed on the site behind the Marriott in central Cardiff since 1849.
The public house was renamed ‘The Golden Cross’ in 1863. Around 1903 it was rebuilt in its current form the tiles in the bar are dated 1903.
Trivia: Did you know? During the Second World War the fascist leader Oswald Mosley attempted to hold a meeting at the pub but violent opposition forced him to return to London.
The Golden Cross was threatened with demolition in 1979 but reprieved after a local newspaper campaign. It had been given listed status in 1975, thus preserving its unique architectural significance.
The Golden Cross has become a popular gay friendly pub and was voted in 2004 as the best gay pub in the UK. As of 2017, the tiles a crumbling but it still has a buzz!
(With thanks to Wikipedia.)
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