Tagged with Welsh history

The Great War and Cardiff Parks

The Great War and Cardiff Parks

I went to a talk on this last night, and learnt a lot about how life went on when the war happened. when war was declared, everyone thought it would be over in a short time. I knew that, but I didn’t realise the initial response was an expectation of local unemployment with the loss … Continue reading

Re-making History

Here’s a PIC of a copper ring given to me by an itinerant jeweller/coppersmith. He tells me such ring were thrown into the Severn Estuary from 250BC – 150 AD by the Silure tribes of St Wales. They dug trenches in the estuary followed by salmon migrating, so trapped in their nets. Seems the rings … Continue reading

Welsh Rocks

Wales is full of bits of archaeology often in the most ordinary sites. This is – I assume- a piece of garden ornament in the former mayor’ s house. Here’s a real iron age grave, looted of its contents long ago

A Big Tree

This is a picture of a shuffleboard, originally at the country house of Cefn Mabli, one of the wonders of Wales. It is now in ┬áthe orangerie at Tredegar House. It was made from a single piece of oak and now measures 42 foot, but the traveller Thomas Dudley visited the house in 1681 he … Continue reading

More Bodysnatching

This is something I have just discovered in a former graveyard, now public park, in Central Cardiff. I doubt if anyone else has noticed it, as it is hidden away behind some fencing. It is only the third of these I have seen – one in St Mary’s churchyard, Bath, and the other in st … Continue reading

A Local Mystery

A Local Mystery

Another entry from William Turner’s Diary. this is clearly an ongoing local dispute. This simple account hints at much more. 23 October 1763 This night Enoch David broke the pond [ie pound where stray animals are placed] of Denispowis and took his own cattle out and set in the cattle of Thomas Gronow jun etc. … Continue reading

A Welsh Witch

A Welsh Witch

Another entry from the Diary of William Thomas: March 1763 Was buried in Barry from old age weakness, old Ann Richmond alias Jenkins, widow, of cwm y di cu, of 100 years of age, some report 105. She was the mother of William Jenkins, Extorter. She was buried since the 30th day of January past. … Continue reading

Never Cross a Butcher

Never Cross a Butcher

In my wide ranging researches I sometimes come across disputes where the protagonists are named, one I recall was 3 men who attacked a butcher travelling with the tools of his trade. This is a large, strong man armed with knives and cleavers. One was killed outright, the other lost some fingers and the other … Continue reading

Where Did they Go?

Where Did they Go?

In an earlier post, I mentioned the effect of the Act of Uniformity that forced Ministers to adhere to the practices of the Chruch of England, but some 5,000 chose to leave their posts, often to a life of immense hardship. But some relocated. The following is from the biography of Richard Price, (1723-91) a … Continue reading

A Real Cock Fight

A Real Cock Fight

Another excerpt from my badly scribbled notes from the Diary of William Thomas: “12/13 January 1763 These 2 days a great cockfight was fought at Twylc yr Llwch, 21 cocks a side, for 10s 6d, between Edward William the innkeeper of Twylc, Lewis Williams and other on 1 side, and the innkeeper Ton Dwylis, Thomas … Continue reading