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Phil Carradice Phil Carradice Delve into the rich history of Wales – from ancient myths and legends right up to the present. Blog posts in total 404

  1. The spectacular beauty of Ramsey Island

    Wednesday 20 August 2014, 13:32

    Pembrokeshire is often called the County of Castles. It might also be known as the County of Islands, as some of the most beautiful, remote and fascinating of all Welsh islands can be found lying along its rocky coast.

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  2. From the National Gallery to a Welsh slate mine

    Monday 11 August 2014, 16:19

    What would have happened to Britain's art treasures if the Nazis had invaded during World War Two? The threat from U-Boats meant that works of arts could not be shipped elsewhere. The solution was found in the disused slate mine of Manod just outside Blaenau Ffestiniog.

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  3. The death of Richard Burton

    Tuesday 5 August 2014, 08:27

    Opinion is divided as to the quality of many – if not most – of Richard Burton's films. Yet there is no doubt that the man was a superb actor with a magnificent baritone voice who could, if he had chosen to remain acting on the stage, become a name as great as Olivier.

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  4. John Frost and the Chartist march on Newport

    Friday 25 July 2014, 12:51

    On 27 July 1877, John Frost - Chartist leader and the man who, more than anyone else, reflected the desire of the Welsh working classes to obtain universal manhood suffrage - died quietly at his home in Bristol. It had been a wild, troubled and often dangerous life.

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  5. The British Empire and Commonwealth Games at Cardiff

    Wednesday 23 July 2014, 14:02

    As the Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow take a look back to the summer of 1958 when its predecessor, the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, took place in Cardiff.

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  6. Opening of the Abbey Steelworks, Port Talbot

    Wednesday 16 July 2014, 09:07

    The date 17 July 1951 might not mean much to the majority of people in south Wales. However, for those living in the Port Talbot and Swansea parts of the country it held – and still holds – a significance that is almost beyond belief.

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  7. Swansea: The ugly, lovely town that became a city

    Thursday 3 July 2014, 08:54

    Phil Carradice on how the birth place of Dylan Thomas, the 'ugly, lovely town' of Swansea, became a city in July 1969. 
    Phil Carradice on how the birth place of Dylan Thomas, the 'ugly, lovely town' of Swansea, became a city in July 1969.

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  8. The Bishop's Palace at Lamphey

    Friday 27 June 2014, 15:28

    Find out more about this 'most perfect ruin', the Bishop’s Palace at Lamphey in Pembrokeshire.

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  9. Albion Colliery explosion

    Monday 23 June 2014, 13:45

    Phil Carradice on the Albion Colliery explosion in Pontypridd in 1894, that became the second largest deep pit disaster in Wales.

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  10. The death of General Picton

    Wednesday 18 June 2014, 09:06

    On 18 June 1815 one of the most important battles ever fought on European soil took place at Waterloo in Belgium. In a brutal and bloody encounter, victory for the Allied army, led by the Duke of Wellington, finally ended the career and reign of the Emperor Napoleon.

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  11. St Catherine's Island and Fort

    Friday 6 June 2014, 10:31

    Visitors to Tenby will almost certainly have seen St Catherine's Island, the small tidal rock which sits at the 'town end' of South Beach. The stretch of sand in front of the island is actually called Castle Beach and is sometimes known as the Catterns. It hardly matters – it’s the old Victorian...

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  12. The South Wales Borderers and D-Day

    Monday 2 June 2014, 10:33

    D-Day, 6 June 1944. Shortly before dawn, the greatest sea-borne armada in the history of the world anchored off northern France preparing to disembark thousands of American, British and Commonwealth troops onto five pre-ordained invasion beaches.

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  13. CSM Fred Barter of Cardiff wins the Victoria Cross

    Friday 16 May 2014, 05:25

    Company Sergeant Major Fred Barter was Cardiff’s first Victoria Cross winner in the Great War.

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  14. The Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd

    Thursday 15 May 2014, 10:57

    A brief history of the Muni Arts Centre building in Pontypridd

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  15. The humble Mumbles Pier

    Friday 9 May 2014, 11:20

    The British fascination with seaside piers dates from the second half of the nineteenth century. There had been piers for many years before that - Ryde Pier, for example, opened as early as 1814 and Brighton’s famous Chain Pier duly arrived in 1823.

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  16. Groundbreaking: The story of the M4's Brynglas bottleneck

    Tuesday 6 May 2014, 15:47

    The M4 motorway Brynglas Tunnels at Newport opened nearly fifty years ago in May 1966. They remain the only 'bored tunnels' on the British road system.

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  17. Welsh hound history: From loyal to royal

    Friday 2 May 2014, 09:41

    The Welsh have always had an affinity with dogs. Welsh mythology, folklore and legends from The Mabinogion are full of tales about hunting hounds and ferocious, dangerous beasts that roamed the hills and always obeyed their masters.

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  18. The first non-stop flight to India

    Tuesday 29 April 2014, 11:37

    The 1920s and 30s were an exciting time in aviation history. Following on from the huge advances that flying had taken during the World War One, post war aviators quickly and easily took on new challenges.

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  19. A haven of industry

    Thursday 17 April 2014, 15:25

    On 20 April 1961 the BP oil terminal on Milford Haven opened for business. The terminal was not a refinery, merely a pumping station that took oil from in-coming tankers and then sent it via a pipeline to the refinery at Llandarcey outside Port Talbot. Nevertheless it was an important part of a major...

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  20. The death of the Hanging Judge

    Thursday 17 April 2014, 09:33

    The date 18 April may not mean much to most people but on that spring day in 1689 Judge George Jeffreys, the famous 'Hanging Judge' of the 17th century, finally died, appropriately enough in the Tower of London.

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