Pettigrew Parks-The Family Who Landscaped Cardiff

Family Trees

When I was the Head Gardener to the Marquess my three sons also became
very interested in gardening and worked here in the parks in Cardiff like me.

Pettigrew males

My oldest son William Wallace or WW as he was known became Head Gardener for the Council, after serving an apprenticeship with me, and did a lot to help people in Cardiff enjoy their parks, as well as writing important books about them, including ‘Municipal Parks; Layout, Management and Distribution’. He built Roath Park where people could swim in the lake or spend an afternoon in a boat. Have you been on a boat in Roath Park ? Here’s an old picture of Roath Park.

William Wallace

My second son was Hugh and he worked for the Earl of Plymouth, another very important man who lived at St Fagans Castle. Have you been to St Fagans ? Before it became a folk museum attracting thousands of visitors, it was the country home of the Plymouth family, and some of the gardens there were created by my son Hugh. If you go to St Fagans, have a look at the beautiful gardens around the Castle – they still look lovely and they were famous in Victorian times when the Earl would invite his society friends to visit for garden parties. Among the gardens that Hugh created at St Fagans were the Italian Garden and the Rose Garden.

Hugh Pettigrew


My third son was Andrew Alexander, better known as AA, and he was also in charge of the parks in Cardiff. AA wrote a chronicle of the parks in Cardiff and my family’s influence on them, a book called ‘Public Parks and Recreation Grounds of Cardiff’ that we hope will be published one day. It is because of AA’s writings that we have so much information about life in Cardiff at that time.


Andrew Alexander


Here is my family tree, it shows me and my wife, my three sons, and also my three daughters. You can see that my son Hugh had a son, also called Andrew, and he had a son called Tim. Can you create your own family tree ? Start with those people immediately around you and see how quickly you can build up your family tree.
The science of tracing your family tree is called genealogy, and many people are now able to do it online, finding out about generations of their families going back hundreds of years in history. You may have seen programmes about genealogy
on tv.

pettigrew family tree

Can you make your own family tree ?

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