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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 418

  1. The Milford Haven waterway

    Monday 18 April 2011, 11:47

    No feature on the entire Welsh coastline is more remarkable or more fascinating than the sunken valley of Milford Haven.

    Shakespeare, while he may not have visited the area, certainly knew of it. In Cymbeline he wrote about the ria (to give the waterway its correct geological name):

    "Tell me how Wales...

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  2. Giraldus Cambrensis and his journey through Wales

    Wednesday 13 April 2011, 15:30

    .Most of us could probably be excused for failing to note 14 April 1188 as an important date. It's hardly one that springs to mind when you consider great moments in the calendar of Welsh history. But this was the day when Giraldus Cambrensis finally finished his mammoth 600 mile trek around Wales, a...

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  3. Disaster on the Snowdon Mountain Railway

    Wednesday 6 April 2011, 11:47

    A trip up Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England, is an experience not to be missed. For those who are fit enough, and have the energy, there are several possible routes and the sense of achievement when the summit is finally reached should never be underestimated.

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  4. James James, composer of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau

    Wednesday 30 March 2011, 11:33

    Every year thousands of Welsh sports fans stand with tears in their eyes as the band plays and the national team prepares to take on the might of England, Ireland, the All Blacks or whoever.

    They will bawl out the words - most of them only half remembered - and happily sing...

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  5. Rawlins White goes to the stake

    Tuesday 29 March 2011, 10:06

    The reign of Henry VIII was significant for many reasons, not least the break from Rome. This abandoning of Catholicism and the creation of the Anglican Church - fuelled by nothing more than Henry's need to sire a son - ushered in a period of religious and social discord that, ultimately, lasted for...

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  6. The Mumbles Railway

    Thursday 24 March 2011, 14:34

    There are many significant dates in Welsh history, moments that we should remember and celebrate, but one that seems to have slipped under the radar - at least for lots of people - is 25 March. For on that momentous day in 1807 the Mumbles Railway opened, the first fee paying passenger railway service...

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  7. The blackening of Wales

    Thursday 17 March 2011, 09:44

    Modern visitors, people from places like the USA and the Far East, men and women who know little or nothing about Welsh history, heritage and culture, might be excused for thinking that many, if not most, of our valleys were never industrialised at all.

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  8. Sarah Jacobs: the fasting girl

    Monday 14 March 2011, 09:12

    At the end of the 19th century she was known as the Welsh Fasting Girl and regarded as a miracle: the little 12-year-old who had not eaten for over two years.

    In an age where spirituality clashed with the new teachings of science, she was an undoubted phenomenon, but whether or not her "miracle" was...

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  9. Iolo Morganwg: scholar, antiquarian and forger

    Wednesday 9 March 2011, 12:33

    Iolo Morganwg remains one of the most intriguing characters of Welsh history. Many people remember him as the eccentric moving force behind the modern day Eisteddfod and, certainly, during the 79 years he was alive he was regarded as the leading expert on ancient and medieval Welsh life.

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  10. International Women's Day

    Monday 7 March 2011, 14:59

    Tuesday 8 March 2011 is a highly significant date. This is a global centenary, marking the 100th anniversary of the establishment of International Women's Day (IWD).

    This world-wide celebration of women's rights and, significantly, of the part that women play in society has been held since March 1911...

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  11. Christopher Williams: local boy makes good

    Friday 4 March 2011, 10:22

    Take a trip to the Town Hall in Maesteg. Quite apart from the wonders of the building and the intricate clock mechanism high above the Hall, here you will find six startling paintings by one of Wales' greatest artists, the Maesteg-born Christopher Williams.

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  12. What else happened on St David's Day?

    Monday 28 February 2011, 08:32

    The first of March is arguably the most famous and important day in Welsh history and culture.

    It is, of course, St David's Day and all over the country celebrations - usually in the shape of eisteddfodau or arts festivals - take place. They are held in schools, in colleges, in chapels...

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  13. World records on the sands at Pendine

    Friday 25 February 2011, 10:57

    The rock hard sands at Pendine stretch for over seven miles along the shore of Carmarthen Bay, running between Laugharne Sands in the east and the village of Pendine itself in the west.

    These days they are an ideal tourist location where sand castles and walks...

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  14. The last invasion of Britain

    Monday 21 February 2011, 13:44

    Ask the average man or woman in the street when Britain was last invaded and the answer will probably be "1066". In fact the response would be wrong by about 700 years.

    The last time any invaders foot ever stood upon the soil of mainland Britain was...

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  15. Augustus John, bohemian and painter

    Tuesday 15 February 2011, 09:54

    One of the most eccentric and fascinating characters ever to come out of Wales, the painter Augustus John, was a Pembrokeshire man through and through.

    Even after he grew up and achieved international fame he often returned to the county of his birth, affording it a warm and fond place...

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  16. Ernest Jones, the biographer of Sigmund Freud

    Thursday 10 February 2011, 10:24

    The name Alfred Ernest Jones might mean very little to most people but, for some time, this enigmatic and fascinating man was the leader of the psychoanalytical movement in Britain and many years later was voted number 96 in the list of top 100 Welshmen of all time.

    Perhaps more importantly, Ernest...

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  17. Castles of conquest and oppression

    Tuesday 8 February 2011, 16:24

    When we have visitors come to stay, friends or relatives who have, perhaps, never been to Wales before, one of the first things many of us do is take them out to see some of the majestic ruined castles that still dominate our landscape.

    This is Wales...

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  18. How public was the public house?

    Friday 4 February 2011, 09:05

    It's a sad fact that the good, old fashioned public house was, for many years, far less public than most of us ever imagined.

    Half of the population of Britain was actually banned from many of these establishments, purely on the grounds of gender, and...

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  19. The man who invented the death ray

    Wednesday 2 February 2011, 09:56

    Think of it, the classic eccentric inventor, the man who designed and built a death ray and a sky projector for flashing messages onto the clouds - Batman or what? - and he's just moved into a house situated outside your home town.

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  20. The death of the British pub

    Friday 28 January 2011, 14:18

    It's a sad fact that upwards of 30 public houses are closing down every week in Britain.

    Other countries might have their taverns, beer halls or bars but the humble British pub has always been something of an institution, an establishment unique to this country.

    Every town or village once had one...

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