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682 posts about history on this blog

  1. Some Welsh customs

    Friday 2 August 2013, 16:09

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    Quite apart from the language, Welsh customs are an important part of what makes Wales different, a country with a culture and a history all of its own.

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  2. Llewelyn Prichard, bizarre genius

    Thursday 25 July 2013, 16:57

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    Wales has produced many interesting and unusual individuals over the years but none was more bizarre and arguably more mysterious than the writer Thomas Jeffery Llewelyn Prichard.

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  3. Peace comes to Wales

    Wednesday 24 July 2013, 10:30

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    When peace was finally declared on 11 November 1918, ending the four years of bloodshed and mayhem that was the First World War, the initial reaction in Wales was one of relief.

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  4. Lifting the veil

    Friday 19 July 2013, 13:31

    Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway

    Last year I was asked to investigate a story for a lady aged 91. Once I discovered the basic details I knew it would be a case that I just had to solve.

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  5. The siege of Pembroke Castle

    Thursday 11 July 2013, 16:25

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    On 11 July 1648 the siege of Pembroke Castle, which had begun eight weeks before, ended in the surrender of the garrison.

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  6. Jack Petersen, boxer without parallel

    Wednesday 10 July 2013, 15:46

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    In the 1930s John Charles Peterson - Jack as he was universally known - was one of the most graceful and most popular of all British professional boxers.

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  7. The dragon roars - English language magazines in Wales

    Friday 5 July 2013, 16:22

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    The first periodical in Welsh was published in Holyhead by Lewis Morris, and it pre-dated English language magazines in Wales by nearly 50 years.

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  8. Vito Victor De Lorto: in search of a GI father

    Friday 5 July 2013, 14:30

    Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway

    Last October I received a request for help while appearing on BBC Radio Wales. It read: "How would you go about tracing an American GI from World War Two?"

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  9. Gwyn Thomas 1913-1981 - novelist, playwright, broadcaster and raconteur

    Friday 5 July 2013, 12:23

    Jeffrey Robinson Jeffrey Robinson

    This year marks the centenary of the birth of Gwyn Thomas, one of Wales' greatest writers in the medium of English.

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  10. GI babies - researching American soldiers' families

    Thursday 4 July 2013, 12:37

    Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway

    Nobody knows exactly how many GI babies were born but it is estimated to be in the thousands.

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  11. Welsh trawlers at war

    Monday 1 July 2013, 11:46

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    In all 136 fishing boats were lost during the Second World War, with over 900 trawlermen going to their deaths. And many of those men came from south Wales.

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  12. The death of the druids

    Thursday 27 June 2013, 11:10

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    The druids, the supposedly human-sacrificing enemy priests, struck a chill in everyone's hearts, but it was the appearance of the women, wild haired and bearing torches, that most frightened the legionaries.

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  13. Gwenllian, Welsh heroine

    Friday 21 June 2013, 15:56

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    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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  14. Lord Cawdor and the smugglers

    Wednesday 19 June 2013, 15:34

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    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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  15. Welsh rabbit – the furry sort!

    Monday 17 June 2013, 15:09

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    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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  16. To boldly bowdlerize – Thomas Bowdler and the Swansea connection

    Thursday 13 June 2013, 15:57

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    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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  17. The fairytale castles of William Burges

    Monday 10 June 2013, 16:30

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    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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  18. Play hopes to reveal little-known character of Wallace to masses

    Monday 3 June 2013, 15:55

    Polly March Polly March

    This year dozens of events are taking place to mark the centenary of the death of Wales' answer to Charles Darwin - Alfred Russel Wallace.

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  19. Rudry community

    Monday 3 June 2013, 09:00

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    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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  20. Art historian Peter Lord on new picture-led autobiography

    Friday 31 May 2013, 16:26

    Polly March Polly March

    For art historian Peter Lord, pictures and the stories behind them hold far more fascination than a linear recollection of his own life and times.

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