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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. The Pope comes to Wales

    Tuesday 11 June 2013, 16:14

    On the morning of 2 June 1982 history was made when Pope John Paul II became the first reigning pontiff ever to come to Wales.

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  7. The fairytale castles of William Burges

    Monday 10 June 2013, 16:30

    No-one who has ever driven past Cardiff on the M4 can have failed to spot the fairytale castle that sits high up on the hillside, looking for all the world as if it had just fallen out of Cinderella's most imaginative dream.

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  8. Rudry community

    Monday 3 June 2013, 09:00

    The tiny village of Rudry sits to the east of Caerphilly, one of many small and sedate villages that dot the Welsh landscape.

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  9. Patagonia bound

    Friday 31 May 2013, 11:31

    On 31 May 1865 a group of 153 Welsh men, women and children set sail from Liverpool on the converted tea clipper Mimosa. Their destination: the Chubut Valley in Argentina.

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  10. Megan Lloyd George: a true heir

    Thursday 30 May 2013, 09:01

    In the 1930s and 40s, right up to her death in 1966, Megan Lloyd George was one of the most inspirational speakers and broadcasters.

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  11. One man's war

    Tuesday 28 May 2013, 09:00

    Some of the stories of the men who fought in the Great War are memorable, some are harrowing, some downright distressing. But all are fascinating, and none more so than that of Private Thomas Henry Thomas.

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  12. The Gresford Mining Disaster

    Wednesday 22 May 2013, 16:47

    At 2.08am a huge explosion rocked the mine. Fires not only killed 266 men, they also blocked access and trapped miners behind the flames.

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  13. The death of Lawrence of Arabia

    Sunday 19 May 2013, 08:31

    On 19 May 1935 the remarkable TE Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia as he is better known, died in a motorcycle accident in Dorset.

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  14. Frank Brangwyn, artist extraordinary

    Sunday 12 May 2013, 08:30

    Many people have visited Brangwyn Hall in Swansea and seen the Empire Panels housed there. But how many know anything at all about the man who created such magnificent works of art?

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  15. East Moors Steelworks, Cardiff

    Friday 10 May 2013, 11:05

    The steelworks at East Moors in Cardiff - "Dowlais by the Sea" as it was invariably known - began its working life in the late 19th century

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  16. The last execution in Wales

    Monday 6 May 2013, 08:00

    The very last execution ever to be held in Wales took place at Swansea Prison on 6 May 1958, when Vivian Frederick Teed went to the gallows for the murder of a 73-year-old postmaster from Fforestfach.

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  17. Cosmeston Medieval Village

    Friday 3 May 2013, 17:11

    In the eyes of many, Cosmeston Medieval Village is the best and most realistic historical reconstruction you will find, not just in Wales but in the whole of Britain.

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  18. The Thankful Villages of Wales

    Thursday 2 May 2013, 16:53

    There are 52 civil parishes in England and Wales - that sustained absolutely no casualties in the First World War.

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  19. Richard Hughes - Laugharne's other son

    Sunday 28 April 2013, 09:00

    Say "Laugharne" and most people immediately think of Dylan Thomas and his home at the Boat House. But Thomas was not the only writer to live in the west Wales village.

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  20. Sarah Jane Rees, schoolteacher and poet

    Thursday 25 April 2013, 12:00

    Throughout the 19th century private schools of navigation were the best - sometimes the only - way that would-be sailors could gain specialist knowledge of their chosen craft.

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