Tagged with: North West Wales

18 posts about North West Wales on this blog

  1. William Madocks and the Cob at Porthmadog

    Tuesday 6 December 2011, 11:00

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    Born on 17 June 1773, William Madocks was a Georgian entrepreneur of startling ability and foresight.

    He was the man who built the Cob across the Glaslyn Estuary, thus considerably easing travel - by foot, horse and eventually by rail - between mid and north Wales. He was also instrumental in creating...

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  2. The Llanfair PG column

    Wednesday 23 November 2011, 13:05

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    People in Wales might be excused for failing to see the significance of the date 24 November 1816. On the face of it, little happened in the world at large on that day.

    Yet in the tiny Welsh village of Llanfair PG on Ynys Mon - or Anglesey as it was then known - a great celebration was taking place...

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  3. Thomas Pennant, natural history pioneer

    Tuesday 9 August 2011, 10:30

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    Few people these days have ever heard the name Thomas Pennant but, in the second half of the 18th century, this remarkable and fascinating man was one of Britain's foremost naturalists and antiquarians. He ranked alongside men such as Gilbert White of Selbourne and, perhaps more importantly, was regarded...

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  4. The opening of Holyhead's new harbour

    Monday 20 June 2011, 09:00

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    On 17 June 1880, the tiny north Wales town and port of Holyhead was suddenly filled, almost overwhelmed, by thousands of visitors and dignitaries. They had come to watch and applaud as the Prince of Wales formally opened the port's new harbour and hotel.

    The occasion was a dramatic and important one...

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  5. The Thetis disaster

    Wednesday 15 June 2011, 09:09

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    The North Wales coast has seen many shipping disasters over the years but none more tragic than the loss of the brand new submarine HMS "Thetis" in the summer of 1939. The submarine was on her maiden voyage and 99 men died when she sank in the waters of Liverpool Bay, just 15 miles to the east of Llandudno...

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  6. The Welsh Houdini

    Thursday 9 June 2011, 16:50

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    In the last years of the 19th century and in that short, seemingly idyllic period before the outbreak of World War One, the fame of one small man from Merionethshire was so great that newspapers all over the country led with tales of his exploits. Postcard publishers happily produced visual records of...

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  7. Clough Williams-Ellis, the man who built the Prisoner's Village

    Tuesday 24 May 2011, 08:34

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    Anybody visiting the Italianate village of Portmeirion in north Wales cannot fail to remember the 1960s cult TV programme The Prisoner. For a few years it was essential viewing and even now has a dedicated band of followers, many of whom regularly take trips to the strange but enchanting village where...

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  8. Disaster on the Snowdon Mountain Railway

    Wednesday 6 April 2011, 11:47

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    A trip up Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England, is an experience not to be missed. For those who are fit enough, and have the energy, there are several possible routes and the sense of achievement when the summit is finally reached should never be underestimated.

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  9. Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery appeals for HMS Clio memorabilia

    Monday 17 January 2011, 12:10

    BBC Wales History BBC Wales History

    Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery in Bangor are appealing for families with naval connections to help provide memorabilia for an exhibition currently being curated on HMS Clio.

    The HMS Clio is a former naval gunship that was moored off Bangor pier in Gwynedd for over 40 years...

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  10. New visitor centre for Harlech Castle

    Monday 1 November 2010, 11:20

    BBC Wales History BBC Wales History

    CADW, the historic environment service of the Welsh Assembly Government, has purchased a hotel next to Harlech Castle in Gwynedd. The purchase of the hotel and car park, near historic fortress has been supported by the Welsh Assembly Government's £19m Heritage Tourism Project (HTP) and is backed by...

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  11. Llanberis quarry hospital to host Snowdonia 1890 open day

    Monday 25 October 2010, 16:36

    BBC Wales History BBC Wales History

    Dinorwig quarry hospital in Padarn Country Park, Llanberis, is holding an open day on Tuesday 26 October, where you can see what would have happened to injured quarrymen in Victorian times.

    The open day is from 11am to 4pm and there are guided tours at 11.30am and 3pm. It is otherwise shut during...

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  12. Frongoch Prison Camp

    Thursday 21 October 2010, 09:41

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    In the wake of the Easter Rising in Ireland in 1916, when Irish republicans, many of them members of the Irish Volunteer Army, seized the General Post Office in the centre of Dublin and held it for five days, the British government was frightened into the worst type of knee-jerk reaction.

    Hasty courts...

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  13. Snowdonia 1890 - behind the scenes

    Monday 18 October 2010, 15:44

    Ceri Rowlands Ceri Rowlands

    As series producer of Snowdonia 1890, the last 12 months have been busy. I started the job in September 2009, with a simple but sweeping directive to send two brave families on an epic journey back in time, to live the tough everyday lives of Snowdonian smallholders.

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  14. Get ready for Snowdonia 1890

    Monday 4 October 2010, 12:59

    BBC Wales History BBC Wales History

    This autumn sees the start of a new landmark series called Snowdonia 1890 on BBC Cymru Wales.

    You can watch a trailer about the programme below:

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    Filmed mainly in Rhosgadfan in Gwynedd, Snowdonia 1890 sees two specially selected families embark on an epic journey, as the men, women and children commit...

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  15. Sole searching

    Friday 24 September 2010, 17:17

    BBC Wales History BBC Wales History

    The National Trust is asking the public to help them solve a mystery.

    Almost 100 single shoes have been discovered by workers who are restoring Gelli Iago, a ruined cottage in Nant Gwynant, Snowdonia.

    The 300-year-old ruined cottage was acquired...

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  16. History articles on BBC Local websites for Wales

    Friday 11 June 2010, 17:41

    BBC Wales History BBC Wales History

    North East Wales reports on commemorations held to mark the part Flintshire played in the Battle of Britain. Read the story.

    North West Wales reports on Nant Gwrtheyrn used to be a little quarry village on the Llŷn Peninsula's northern coast. But when the mine went, so did its residents. Today it is...

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  17. Britannia Bridge Blaze, 23 May 1970

    Friday 21 May 2010, 12:27

    James Roberts James Roberts

    This Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of an inferno that destroyed one of Wales' most historic landmarks, and at the same time left Anglesey all but cut off from the rest of Wales.

    Until the fateful night of the 23 May 1970, Robert Stephenson's Britannia Bridge had stood solid, spanning the perilous...

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  18. History highlights on BBC Local websites for Wales

    Friday 7 May 2010, 17:08

    BBC Wales History BBC Wales History

    North West Wales has a feature on Gil Kennedy who had always kept quiet about his wartime experiences, but a chance find has inspired a children's book based on his story. Read the story.

    North East Wales reports on the town Shotton which has a history of military bravery with three servicemen receiving...

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