53 posts about south east wales on this blog
Friday 10 May 2013, 11:05
The steelworks at East Moors in Cardiff - "Dowlais by the Sea" as it was invariably known - began its working life in the late 19th century
Thursday 1 November 2012, 10:00
Article by Phil Carradice on the BBC Wales blog on the colourful history of a small settlement called Trellech United in Monmouth.
Friday 31 August 2012, 12:40
The Coal Exchange is now one of the largest entertainment venues in Cardiff. But in past times this elegant and distinctive building operated as one of the economic centres of world trade.
Friday 31 August 2012, 12:17
The transporter bridge in Newport is an iconic symbol, the one structure that any visitor to the town has to see. It is one of only three such bridges in Britain, one of only eight in the whole world.
Friday 20 July 2012, 15:33
The town of Porthcawl on the Glamorganshire coast seems to be a sleepy little seaside resort. But in its prime the place was first a centre for the export of agricultural and industrial products and, later, one of the premier holiday destinations in south Wales.
The town that we see today sits on a...
Wednesday 14 March 2012, 14:06
Ten years ago, in the year of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee, Newport was awarded city status. The 2002 accolade proved third time lucky for the Gwent town after two unsuccessful bids in the 1990s.
By becoming a city Newport joined Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea and St Davids as Wales' cities; ticking...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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 1 August 2011, 09:10
Most people are familiar with the name Marconi and the position it holds in the history of radio transmission and communication.
How many people know however that Wales played a crucial role in revolutionizing the way in which we communicate over large distances? And in particular, relaying messages...
Thursday 14 July 2011, 10:50
Llanyrafon Manor, a 17th century grade II-listed manor house in Cwmbran, is set to become a bustling town centre tourist attraction celebrating the history of the local area.
The manor was damaged by fire and fell into disrepair in the 1970s, but was saved and run as a farming museum in the 1980s. After...
Friday 1 July 2011, 11:48
When war broke out in September 1939, Cardiff docks constituted the biggest coal exporting port in the United Kingdom, maybe even the world.
Sitting on the flat coastal plain below the twin Rhondda valleys, Cardiff sent out a much greater tonnage of coal than any other British...
Wednesday 29 June 2011, 16:15
These days we regularly see helicopters flashing over head and think nothing more about it but in the immediate post-war days, helicopters were a rare sight in the skies above Britain.
So, it comes as something of a surprise to find that the world's first scheduled passenger helicopter service took...
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