496 posts about Wales on this blog
Monday 12 December 2011, 14:42
The two islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm are well-known to residents of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. Standing like sentinels guarding the eastern reaches of the Bristol Channel, Flat Holm, in particular, has a rich and varied history.
The first signs...
Tuesday 6 December 2011, 11:00
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...
Monday 5 December 2011, 14:20
A 2,000 year old Roman ring found by a man with a metal detector on Cefn Brithdir in the Darran Valley earlier this year has been returned by the British Museum for display in a valley's museum.
Wednesday 23 November 2011, 13:05
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...
Wednesday 16 November 2011, 14:14
Wales has had its fair share of eccentrics over the years but none was more bizarre or more flamboyant than the mercurial and fascinating Dr William Price of Llantrisant.
This Chartist and republican, a man who ate no meat, drank mainly champagne, eschewed the wearing of socks and prescribed a vegetarian...
Monday 14 November 2011, 08:23
Visitors to the seaside town of Barry, six or seven miles to the west of Cardiff, might be forgiven for thinking that the place held nothing more important than a pleasure beach, a fun fair and a few empty docks that seem to have little or no purpose.
Yet there was a time when Barry was the largest...
Wednesday 2 November 2011, 10:12
Here in Wales we are used to news about mining disasters. The history of Welsh mining is littered with tragic accidents that scarred villages and valleys, destroyed families and cut a swathe through the life of so many tiny communities.
Most of those disasters...
Friday 28 October 2011, 10:23
Most of us are so used to the knowledge that Cardiff is not just any old city but also the capital city of Wales, that we are probably lulled into the mistake of thinking it has always been that way. No so. Cardiff did not become a city until 28 October 1905. And it was only proclaimed the capital of...
Thursday 20 October 2011, 12:41
Wilbur and Orville Wright are commonly accepted as the first men to design and fly a power-driven aeroplane. But there was one man, in west Wales, who might just have beaten the brothers to the punch. His name was Bill Frost and in the eyes of many he is the person who deserves the epithet of 'the first...
Friday 14 October 2011, 15:19
At 8.00am on Tuesday 14 October 1913 a huge explosion rocked the tiny town of Senghenydd, to the north of Caerphilly. It came from the coal mine belonging to the Universal Colliery, the most significant employer in the area, and before the hour was out it was clear to everyone, miners and their families...
Friday 7 October 2011, 16:10
Most people in Wales have at least some idea about the significance of Merthyr Tydfil. These days around 30,000 inhabitants live in the town, with the Borough of Merthyr Tydfil hosting approximately 50,000 more.
Inevitably, most of Merthyr's glory rests in its past and there is no doubt that, at one...
Thursday 29 September 2011, 14:46
On 2 October 1900 James Keir Hardie became the socialist MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare.
At that time the Labour Party did not exist, but earlier in the year Hardie had been instrumental in forming the Labour Representation Committee. It was as a member of this group, the forerunner of the Labour...
Tuesday 27 September 2011, 12:00
Fifteen historic buildings in Merthyr Tydfil, some dating back more than 200 years, are to be restored thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The HLF has give the final go-ahead for £1.58m towards the restoration of buildings in the Pontmorlais area of the town.
Marlies Pires, owner of the Imperial...
Monday 26 September 2011, 14:52
Pembrokeshire has always had its fair share of shipwrecks. In the days of sail it was inevitable that, with a westerly wind driving frail schooners and ketches onto the rugged coast, maritime disasters of one sort or another were bound to happen.
And when the oil industry came to Milford Haven...
Thursday 22 September 2011, 14:48
It's often said that Welsh humour doesn't travel. People sometimes comment that while the Welsh might find something - a joke, a story or a sketch - hilariously funny, as a general rule nobody else does.
Quite apart from the fact that statement just isn't true...
Thursday 8 September 2011, 10:39
According to the auctioneer conducting the sale of legendary Newport venue TJ's, it is 'unlikely' to be used as a music venue in the future.
Paul Fosh auctions will be selling TJ's on 15 September at Cardiff's Park Inn Hotel. It is being sold following the death of its owner John Sicolo in 2010. Mr...
Wednesday 24 August 2011, 15:01
An exhibition devoted to Swansea City Football Club has just opened in the centre of the city.
Proud To Be A Swan takes place at Swansea Museum on Victoria Road until the end of September. It charts the history of the club from the very earliest days, through the successes and the failures, and rounds...
Monday 22 August 2011, 13:09
Stories about escaping from prisoner of war camps are legion. We all know about Colditz and the various other Stalag camps. And is there anyone out there who has not seen Steve McQueen try to jump that barbed wire on his motorbike in the film The Great Escape?
Monday 15 August 2011, 10:55
One thing you can say about the Welsh - they're a pretty militant lot and they do not take kindly to exploitation. From the rebellion of Owain Glyndwr to the Rebecca Riots, from the Chartist march on Newport to countless miners' strikes at pits and collieries, perceived injustice has often led not just...
Tuesday 9 August 2011, 10:30
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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