The Cardiff Crypt Podcast

Welcome to the Cardiff Crypt Podcast, where we will uncover Cardiff’s sinful and horrifying past, delving deep into the archive of the city’s history, while taking you on a journey that illustrates how even the bloodiest corners gradually fall into the mundane.

Episode I: Death Junction

Executions are rare in today’s society, but during the 16th and 17th century, a crime punishable by death was common practice. Failure to follow and swear allegiance to the religious changes made by each monarch was considered a crime.

Following the start of the English Reformation in the 16th century, legislation was passed making it treasonous to be under the jurisdiction of the Pope, including being a Catholic, or harbouring a Catholic priest. All individuals found guilty of treason were sentenced to death by being hung, drawn, and quartered. 

This episode tells the harrowing story of Death Junction in Cardiff, a tainted nickname that plagues the place since it was formerly home to more sinister activity than traffic and perilous crossings.

The Cardiff Crypt Podcast contains scenes of violence, gore and torture. Listener discretion is advised.

Episode II: The Merthyr Rising

Amidst the squalid conditions of the cholera epidemic and impoverished living environments in Merthyr, riots ensued. The Merthyr Rising of 1831 led to the death of protesters who were part of the revolt. Among the many who were killed, a miner known as Dic Penderyn, was tried and sentenced to death at Cardiff Gaol prison.  

Those who were sent to Cardiff Gaol would be made to live in dreadful conditions, such as sleeping on the cold, damp floor or being chained to the walls, and would be forced to dwell in a condemned cell, awaiting their day with the executioner.