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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. The history of Quaker's Yard

    Thursday 3 October 2013, 17:14

    The tiny village sits close to Treharris in the Merthyr Vale, more or less on the spot where the Taff and the smaller Taff Bargoed rivers meet.

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  14. Cut in half by the Queen Mary

    Wednesday 2 October 2013, 09:01

    The Curacoa was launched from the Royal Naval dockyard at Pembroke Dock on 5 May 1917.

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  15. Glynneath, gateway to the Beacons

    Friday 27 September 2013, 16:48

    The village of Glynneath in the western part of Glamorgan is one of many communities in Wales that seem to sit in sleepy and peaceful solemnity.

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  16. The Abergele railway disaster

    Thursday 19 September 2013, 17:26

    The Abergele Rail Disaster was an incident that destroyed much of the complacency surrounding rail travel and it took 33 lives.

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  17. Johnny Morris, TV pioneer

    Friday 13 September 2013, 16:34

    Johnny Morris was born at Newport on 20 June 1916, while the Great War was at its height.

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  18. Pier entertainment with a difference

    Wednesday 11 September 2013, 15:36

    HL Oakley's business lay in creating surprisingly accurate and realistic silhouettes for tourists.

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  19. Those Were The Days: the Mary Hopkin story

    Thursday 5 September 2013, 13:00

    These days we're so used to TV talent shows - the X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and the like - that we tend to forget talent contests from the past.

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  20. Destroying an abbey, creating an icon

    Tuesday 3 September 2013, 11:02

    On 3 September 1536 the great abbey at Tintern on the Welsh bank of the River Wye was dissolved by the commissioners of Henry VIII.

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