LETTER: Reverting Picton’s name to Hallowell Bridge ‘historically appropriate, culturally sensitive’


Recent suggestions to rename Picton should be given serious consideration by citizens and the Corporation. The name was originally chosen in a post Napoleonic war patriotic fervour to commemorate Sir Thomas Picton and with apparently little thought to who he actually was.

We now know him as thoroughly nasty and disreputable individual who’s only notable achievement was to be killed at the battle of Waterloo. His own people in Cardiff have already disowned him.

Reverting to the original name of Hallowell Bridge would be historically appropriate, culturally sensitive, and it’s actually a much nicer name.

The only downside would be the cost of rebranding, but this could be spread over a number of years.


Charles Catton