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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 410

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Jim Callaghan, the Welsh MP at No 10

    Monday 7 April 2014, 12:01

    Jim Callaghan was the third of five Welsh Members of Parliament to become leader of the Labour Party.

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  8. The Meyricks of Bush House

    Thursday 3 April 2014, 12:21

    The Meyricks played a vital role in the creation of Pembroke Dockyard, the only Royal Naval yard ever to exist in Wales.

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  9. The old man of Pencader

    Wednesday 2 April 2014, 12:00

    Wales is a country full of legends. From the spectacular and fantastic myths of the Mabinogion to ancient folk tales about spectral hounds that appear out of the mist on winter nights, there has always been an abundance of traditional stories to frighten and enthrall the listener.

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  10. The role of the 'Welsh Mam' through history

    Friday 28 March 2014, 10:34

    Mother's Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent and, these days, is a combination of an old religious festival and the newer, perhaps more commercial, American celebration which began in 1908. It is, as it has always been, a day to acknowledge the concept of motherhood.

    In Wales the role and position...

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  11. The Royal Welch Fusiliers: A literary regiment

    Friday 21 March 2014, 17:02

    Phil Carradice on how the Royal Welch Fusiliers British Army regiment has produced a disproportionately high number of writers compared to other regiments.

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  12. Caerphilly - more than just a big cheese

    Wednesday 19 March 2014, 11:25

    The town of Caerphilly, even the county borough in which it is now situated, is inextricably linked to the massive Medieval castle that stands in the centre of the community.

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  13. The Welsh Connection

    Wednesday 12 March 2014, 13:17

    Quite apart from Welsh-born writers, the list of authors who have Welsh connections is both long and distinguished.

    They range from Harriet Beecher Stowe, the doyen of emancipation and author of Uncle Tom's Cabin to the American humorist Ogden Nash and adventure writer Jack London who gave us The Call...

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  14. The Dali of Dunvant

    Friday 7 March 2014, 12:37

    Wales has produced many fine artists over the years but none are more significant or impressive than the Swansea born painter Ceri Giraldus Richards.

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  15. Welsh surnames

    Tuesday 4 March 2014, 14:16

    There has been something of an explosion of interest in family history over the past two or three decades as people try to unravel their past and get in touch, historically speaking, with their distant and long-gone ancestors.

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  16. How Green Was My Valley takes the Oscar

    Wednesday 26 February 2014, 11:57

    On the evening of 26 February 1942 the cream of Hollywood society – all the actors and directors, the technicians and movie moguls of the film industry, as well as many members of the press and general public - turned up at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles to witness and take part in that year's Academy...

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  17. The red dragon

    Tuesday 25 February 2014, 14:58

    Think of Wales and you invariably think of the dragon, the red dragon. Yet Wales is not alone in this. Many other cultures or people have also taken and embraced the dragon symbol, an emblem that has featured quite prominently in numerous ancient mythologies and folklores.

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  18. The RNLI in Wales

    Tuesday 11 February 2014, 11:14

    The Royal National Lifeboat Institution was founded on 4 March 1824 although it did not receive its ‘Royal’ epithet until Queen Victoria awarded that honour to the charity in 1854. Since 1824 it is estimated that across Britain, the RNLI has saved the lives of more than 140,000 people - sailors and...

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  19. The changing names of Wales

    Thursday 6 February 2014, 15:49

    One of the consequences of the resurgence of the Welsh language has been the changing of some of the more anglicised town and village names in the country. Over the past few decades more authentic Welsh spellings - and, arguably, more authentic pronunciations - have re-emerged and have now become the...

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  20. The fishing fleet of Tenby

    Wednesday 5 February 2014, 10:30

    When you think of Welsh fishing ports your mind invariably travels no further than Milford Haven. Although its glory days have now long gone, by the end of the Victorian period the docks at Milford were full of trawlers and drifters. By the middle of the 20th century the west Wales town was playing host...

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