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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. The life and times of Ivor Emmanuel

    Monday 11 March 2013, 16:51

    The son of a miner, Ivor Emmanuel was orphaned during World War Two when a stray German bomb killed his father, mother, grandfather and sister.

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  2. There's gold in them there hills

    Thursday 7 March 2013, 15:58

    Gold had been mined in Wales since Roman times, possibly even before.

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  3. The coracles of Wales

    Monday 4 March 2013, 12:34

    Coracles, small river craft that were used for fishing and, occasionally, for transport, were once found throughout Britain.

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  4. Arthur Machen, the first modern horror writer

    Sunday 3 March 2013, 09:00

    For a brief period at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, Arthur Machen was one of the most significant writers in the country.

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  5. The leek, national emblem of Wales

    Thursday 28 February 2013, 11:03

    The Welsh have two national emblems, not counting the blood-red dragon - the leek and the daffodil. The daffodil is a relatively new addendum but the leek has been around for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

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  6. John Nash, Welsh architect

    Tuesday 26 February 2013, 11:50

    John Nash was perhaps the most famous architect of the 18th and early 19th centuries. He is remembered now for his work on Buckingham Palace, Regent's Park and Regent Street in London.

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  7. The Glyndŵr rebellion

    Monday 25 February 2013, 09:29

    The one name from history that most Welsh people readily acknowledge is that of Owain Glyndŵr.

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  8. Near disaster in the Bristol Channel

    Friday 22 February 2013, 09:22

    For several years two state-of-the-art paddlers ploughed up and down the channel, regularly calling at places such as Penarth Pier, Mumbles Pier, Barry and the pier head in Cardiff.

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  9. The Cardiff Pals

    Wednesday 20 February 2013, 17:15

    At the end of August 1914 Lord Kitchener called for a further 100,000 volunteers to form what he termed "a New Army" to give extra weight to the armed forces.

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  10. A pier at war

    Thursday 14 February 2013, 12:19

    Lots of things get requisitioned in time of war - land, vehicles, even animals. But an old Victorian pleasure pier? True, it really happened in the south Wales seaside resort of Penarth.

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  11. The Fed

    Wednesday 13 February 2013, 09:25

    Founded on 11 October 1898, the Fed was a union of south Wales miners, founded with the aim of uniting pit workers across the region and opposing what was then the seemingly limitless power of the mine owners.

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  12. John Graham Chambers - sporting pioneer

    Monday 11 February 2013, 12:18

    John Graham Chambers was one of the most influential and significant figures in the field of late Victorian sporting and social life.

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  13. The Welsh Council of the League of Nations

    Tuesday 5 February 2013, 17:12

    The Welsh Council of the League of Nations, formed at Shrewsbury in 1922, was, for a brief period at least, an example to all world leaders.

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  14. Alexander Cordell - a view of Wales

    Friday 1 February 2013, 09:00

    It would not be stretching things too far to suggest that many people living outside Wales formed their initial opinions of the country – and possibly still do - from reading the historical novels of Alexander Cordell.

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  15. Spy mania in south Wales

    Wednesday 30 January 2013, 08:30

    Anyone with a German name or with Germanic connections was vilified and abused and there was an almost morbid fear of spies, enemy agents and fifth columnists operating in the country.

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  16. Small castle, great deeds

    Monday 28 January 2013, 16:07

    For such a small and, seemingly, innocuous place, Colwyn Castle holds a wealth of history – well worth stopping off to view next time you are in the area.

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  17. RM Lockley, nature conservationist

    Wednesday 23 January 2013, 09:22

    There can be little doubt that RM Lockley was one of the greatest naturalists of his age – arguably of any age. His name will be forever linked to the tiny island of Skokholm off the coast of west Wales.

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  18. Anglesey Pennies

    Monday 21 January 2013, 16:41

    The production and use of Anglesey Pennies in the late 18th century was probably the first time that privately produced "tokens" were used in Britain during the Industrial Revolution.

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  19. Aberystwyth pier - courting disaster

    Monday 14 January 2013, 10:49

    Aberystwyth pier has been battered and, at times, almost destroyed but it is still there and parts of it at least are still in use.

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  20. Celebrity guests at Pembroke Dock

    Wednesday 9 January 2013, 09:09

    The west Wales town of Pembroke Dock might be small and relatively modern - it did not exist until a Royal Naval Dockyard was founded there in 1814 - but it has seen a wealth of celebrity guests and visitors.

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