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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 405

  1. The Havannah: Cardiff's floating industrial school

    Friday 9 August 2013, 13:14

    During the 19th and early 20th century, three wooden warships became permanent fixtures in the docks area of Cardiff, then one of the greatest sea ports in the world.

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  2. Chepstow Race Course

    Tuesday 6 August 2013, 11:00


    The date 6 August is a significant one in the Welsh sporting calendar, for on that date in 1926 Chepstow Race Course was opened.

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  3. Loss of the Amphion

    Monday 5 August 2013, 11:00

    The very first British ship sunk in the war was a small cruiser, mined and sunk on 5 August 1914, the day after the war broke out.

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  4. Some Welsh customs

    Friday 2 August 2013, 16:09

    Quite apart from the language, Welsh customs are an important part of what makes Wales different, a country with a culture and a history all of its own.

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  5. The Battle of Edgecote Moor

    Friday 26 July 2013, 12:35

    The advance guards of the two armies met at Edgecote Moor on the morning of 26 July.

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  6. Llewelyn Prichard, bizarre genius

    Thursday 25 July 2013, 16:57

    Wales has produced many interesting and unusual individuals over the years but none was more bizarre and arguably more mysterious than the writer Thomas Jeffery Llewelyn Prichard.

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  7. Peace comes to Wales

    Wednesday 24 July 2013, 10:30

    When peace was finally declared on 11 November 1918, ending the four years of bloodshed and mayhem that was the First World War, the initial reaction in Wales was one of relief.

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  8. From Pendine to America: the Flying Sweethearts

    Monday 22 July 2013, 09:00

    Over the years the sands have seen TT races, world land speed record attempts and tragic death, when JG Parry-Thomas died trying to regain the speed record in 1927.

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  9. The Barry railway scrapyard

    Thursday 18 July 2013, 16:50

    Railway enthusiasts quickly realised what a goldmine there was in Barry and flocked to the area in their thousands. And it was not just railway buffs.

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  10. Dan-yr-Ogof caves

    Friday 12 July 2013, 14:51

    The Dan-yr-Ogof caves, ideally situated for easy access between Swansea and Brecon, are one of the great tourist attractions of Wales.

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  11. The siege of Pembroke Castle

    Thursday 11 July 2013, 16:25

    On 11 July 1648 the siege of Pembroke Castle, which had begun eight weeks before, ended in the surrender of the garrison.

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  12. Jack Petersen, boxer without parallel

    Wednesday 10 July 2013, 15:46

    In the 1930s John Charles Peterson - Jack as he was universally known - was one of the most graceful and most popular of all British professional boxers.

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  13. The dragon roars - English language magazines in Wales

    Friday 5 July 2013, 16:22

    The first periodical in Welsh was published in Holyhead by Lewis Morris, and it pre-dated English language magazines in Wales by nearly 50 years.

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  14. Welsh trawlers at war

    Monday 1 July 2013, 11:46

    In all 136 fishing boats were lost during the Second World War, with over 900 trawlermen going to their deaths. And many of those men came from south Wales.

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  15. The death of the druids

    Thursday 27 June 2013, 11:10

    The druids, the supposedly human-sacrificing enemy priests, struck a chill in everyone's hearts, but it was the appearance of the women, wild haired and bearing torches, that most frightened the legionaries.

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  16. Gwenllian, Welsh heroine

    Friday 21 June 2013, 15:56

    From Llewellyn the Last to Owain Glyndwr, Welsh history is littered with examples of male heroes. Welsh heroines, on the other hand, are much harder to come by.

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  17. Lord Cawdor and the smugglers

    Wednesday 19 June 2013, 15:34

    John Campbell, better known as Lord Cawdor, is renowned as the man who beat the French when they landed at Fishguard in 1797.

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  18. Welsh rabbit – the furry sort!

    Monday 17 June 2013, 15:09

    These days rabbits are often kept as pets although rabbit meat is still considered a delicacy in many quarters. Yet they did not exist in Britain until after the Norman Conquest.

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  19. A moment of infamy

    Monday 17 June 2013, 10:00

    One of the pillars of the 1972 All Black pack – in his way as significant a figure as the legendary Colin Meads – was the six foot tall, 17 stone prop Keith Murdoch.

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  20. To boldly bowdlerize – Thomas Bowdler and the Swansea connection

    Thursday 13 June 2013, 15:57

    The idea for a watered down version of Shakespeare had been in Bowdler's mind for years, ever since his own father had first read him the plays during his childhood.

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