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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. Welsh Christmas birthdays

    Friday 20 December 2013, 12:53

    When you look at the lives of famous Welshmen it is amazing to see how many of them were born during the Christmas period. Indeed, so many great actors, sportsmen and politicians entered the world around Christmas time that it's tempting to think some propitious guiding star was looking down on Wales...

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  2. A Welsh literary Christmas

    Thursday 19 December 2013, 14:02

    Dylan Thomas' superb radio broadcast A Child's Christmas in Wales – republished in book form many times – is such a powerful piece of writing that we sometimes forget other Welsh writers also celebrated Christmas in their work.

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  3. Stokey Lewis, Victoria Cross winner

    Tuesday 17 December 2013, 16:40

    The Victoria Cross is Britain's highest award for gallantry, a medal that is rarely given but always hard-earned. Many VCs were won during the First World War but only one went to a man from Pembrokeshire. That man was Hubert William Lewis, always known as ‘Stokey’, and he came from the fishing...

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  4. Treachery, stealth and slaughter at Abergavenny Castle

    Monday 9 December 2013, 15:07

    Christmas is normally a time of goodwill and friendship to all mankind but in the 12th century such gestures and emotions were very far from people's minds. This was particularly the case in the now ruined Norman castle at Abergavenny, the scene of one of the most infamous massacres ever to take place...

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  5. Dan Jones, composer, author and friend of Dylan Thomas

    Friday 6 December 2013, 11:25

    Daniel Jenkyn Jones was probably one of the most important and significant of all Welsh composers. But these days he is rarely remembered.

    In fact he is far more likely to be remembered for his friendship with Dylan Thomas than for his own unique talent – which is something of a shame because the man...

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  6. Spies, lies and espionage during wartime Wales

    Thursday 5 December 2013, 10:22

    The story of Arthur Owens, the Welshman who spied for both Germany and Britain before and during World War Two has become quite well known. His motives were always unclear and the web of intrigue that seemed to surround his various enterprises make him a fascinating character. But Owens was not the only...

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  7. The exploration ship Erebus

    Friday 29 November 2013, 10:36

    The 19th century was the age of discovery and exploration. Africa was opened up, Australia developed, the northern reaches of Canada traversed for the first time. But above all, people were fascinated by the Polar regions. After all, who knew what riches might lie there and an easy route between the...

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  8. The School of hard rocks

    Wednesday 27 November 2013, 15:54

    The School of Mines was the brainchild of some of the largest coal owners in the region and was funded by the levy of one tenth of a penny on every ton of coal that was produced from the coalfield.

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  9. Carmarthen town

    Monday 25 November 2013, 10:22

    The town of Carmarthen sits on the River Towy – actually the lowest bridgeable point on the whole river – some eight miles from the point where the Towy exits into Carmarthen Bay and is proud to claim that it is the oldest town in Wales. The statement has some credibility.

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  10. Gwyn Alf, historian and national icon

    Tuesday 19 November 2013, 14:00

    Gwyn Alf Williams was – and probably still is – one of the most renowned, admired, even loved, historians of the last 100 years.

    It is unusual for academics to gain popular public appeal but that was something Gwyn Alf certainly did. He attracted a following of academics and lay people alike...

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  11. Gwen John, the other Pembrokeshire painter

    Monday 18 November 2013, 10:24

    Ask anyone to name a famous Welsh artist and the chances are they would respond with Augustus John. The wild, bohemian painter cut a swathe through British art and social circles in the 1920s and 30s and was widely regarded as the country's premier living artist.

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  12. Chirk Castle and Lord Howard de Walden, patron of the arts

    Wednesday 13 November 2013, 15:06

    Chirk Castle sits south of the River Dee, not far from Wrexham, in a quiet and secluded part of north Wales. It was not always so, as this was the area where the Romans made their first incursions into Wales. The castle itself was one of the massive fortresses created by Edward I for his conquest...

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  13. Richard Burton

    Friday 8 November 2013, 14:50

    The date 10 November might not ring many bells in people's memories. But the name Richard Burton certainly will. He was born on 10 November 1925 in the tiny village of Pontrhydyfen to the north of Port Talbot.

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  14. Jack Daniel, the Welsh whiskey man

    Tuesday 5 November 2013, 13:01

    There is a belief held by many Americans that Jack Daniel, the founder of the company that produces the great Jack Daniel's bourbon, was Welsh. More specifically, people say he was from Dale in Pembrokeshire. Well, the answer to that one is yes – and no.

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  15. Steve Jones, the quiet Welshman

    Friday 1 November 2013, 14:54

    The athlete Steve Jones is one of those characters who are often overlooked by the press and public alike. He is quiet and modest about his achievements, but the fact remains that he is one of the most successful long distance runners ever produced in Britain.

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  16. Grace Williams, Welsh composer

    Friday 25 October 2013, 11:36

    Grace Williams was an accomplished, highly skilled musician and composer who managed to catch the heart and soul of Wales in her many compositions. To many students of music she is "the" Welsh composer, particularly in her vocal and later orchestral pieces.

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  17. William Davies Evans, Welsh inventor

    Thursday 17 October 2013, 09:02

    Chess expert, inventor and sailor William Davies Evans was born on 27 January 1790 at St Dogwells in north Pembrokeshire.

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  18. Sir Harry Llewellyn and Foxhunter

    Monday 14 October 2013, 09:00

    Harry Llewellyn was inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame in 1990, a truly remarkable Welsh sporting hero.

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  19. Kenneth Griffith, Welsh actor and documentary filmmaker

    Thursday 10 October 2013, 09:01

    Born in Tenby on 12 October 1921 as Kenneth Griffiths, he was brought up by his paternal grandparents after his mother and father separated.

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  20. The history of Offa's Dyke

    Monday 7 October 2013, 09:00

    The dyke was a frontier line between Mercia and the smaller Welsh kingdoms to the west.

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