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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 404

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. The Seven Wonders of Wales

    Monday 7 January 2013, 17:05

    Ask any visitor to Wales to name his or her favourite sights and you will undoubtedly get a very mixed and eclectic response.

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  8. Ray Milland, Welsh Oscar winner

    Thursday 3 January 2013, 08:32

    Phil Carradice writes about Welsh Oscar-winning actor Ray Milland who starred in film greats such as The Lost Weekend and Dial M for Murder.

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  9. Frank Richards: the private soldier in World War One

    Friday 21 December 2012, 14:31

    The greatest account of trench warfare was arguably that of an ordinary ranker. It was Old Soldiers Never Die and it was written by a Welshman.

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  10. A town called Bethlehem – in Wales

    Thursday 20 December 2012, 17:02

    There are 16 other communities called Bethlehem in the world. Wales can lay claim to one of the smallest, the tiny hamlet of Bethlehem in Carmarthenshire, home to about 150 people.

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  11. The lighthouses of south Wales

    Tuesday 18 December 2012, 15:08

    There are over 20 lighthouses, plus several lightships, in south Wales and for some reason these warning lights seem to fascinate tourists and locals alike.

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  12. The legend of Gelert

    Monday 17 December 2012, 15:36

    One of the best known of all Welsh legends concerns the faithful hound Gelert, killed by his master Llywelyn in the 13th century.

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  13. The murder of Dripping Lewis

    Friday 14 December 2012, 14:24

    Phil Carradice investigages the murder of wealthy Pontypool man called Dripping Lewis in May 1939.

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  14. Billy Meredith: football superstar

    Thursday 13 December 2012, 17:27

    In 1904 Welsh winger Billy Meredith was voted the most popular player in football. Yet just a few months later he was charged with attempting to bribe an opponent and banned for a year and a half.

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  15. The Cwmparc bombing

    Monday 10 December 2012, 16:11

    In April 1941, at the height of the German bombing offensive against Britain during World War Two, the small village of Cwmparc, just outside Treorchy, was subjected to a devastating bombing raid from the Luftwaffe.

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  16. Artist James Dickson Innes: forgotten talent

    Thursday 6 December 2012, 16:21

    These days the young Welsh painter James Dickson Innes is something of a forgotten talent. Yet in the early 20th century he was regarded as one of the most promising and gifted artists of his generation.

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  17. The Pandora, Welsh exploration ship

    Tuesday 4 December 2012, 10:41

    The 19th and early 20th centuries were a time of exploration, of pushing back the restrictions of the known world and reaching for new heights, new lands.

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  18. The Roberts clan

    Friday 30 November 2012, 15:28

    Phil Carradice takes a look through history in search of famous Welsh people with the surname Roberts.

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  19. The Llangorse crannog

    Wednesday 28 November 2012, 16:47

    Phil Carradice writes about the impressive history of the Llangorse crannog in Powys.

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  20. The Forestry Commission in Wales

    Friday 23 November 2012, 16:28

    Phil Carradice examines the sometimes turbulant history of the Forestry Commission in Wales.

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