Bronze Age Wales

The Bronze Age in Britain is considered to have been the period when migration brought new people to the islands, in particular from the area of modern Switzerland and was a time of significant cultural change.

Copper tools first appeared in Wales about 2500 BC, with most of the copper coming from the mine on the Great Orme, near Llandudno. These were followed by bronze...
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Lady Lucy Herbert (1669 – 19 January 1744) was probably born at Powis Castle near Welshpool and was a prominent Roman Catholic during the reign of James II and at the time of The Glorious Revolution

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In 1685, King James II's policies of religious tolerance met with increasing opposition from those unhappy by his Catholicism and his close ties with Catholic France. The situation...
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On 19th January 2009 The Cardiff International Sports Stadium in the Leckwith area of Cardiff was opened, replacing the old Cardiff Athletics Stadium. The stadium is part of the major Leckwith Development which includes the new football and rugby stadium, the Cardiff City Stadium (home of Cardiff City F.C) and a retail park. It is the headquarters of Welsh Athletics—the sport's governing...
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Born this day 1810 at the Harp Inn, Llanfairtalhaearn, Denbighshire.

Talhaiarn, (the "Welsh Burns"), which was the bardic name of John Jones, architect and poet.

After leaving school Jones became a joiner and then flourished as a talented architect who worked with the Rothchilds in France and was a superintendent of the building of the Crystal Palace, but despite his success as an architect,...
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From a deal with the devil to the lady of the lake and an ancient oak, these are some of the myths and legends ingrained in Welsh heritage

15 Welsh myths and legends to send a shiver down your spine

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Born on this day 1752 in Hawarden, Flintshire.

Josiah Boydell - publisher and painter, who established the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery, a project that illustrated Shakespeare's plays and showcased the talents of British painters and engravers.

Boydell moved to London at the age of 14, where he learned painting from Benjamin West and mezzotint engraving from Richard Earlom. He exhibited at...
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On January 18, 1486 the Royal Houses of Lancaster and York were united by the marriage of Henry VII to Elizabeth of York, the eldest daughter of Edward IV ,thus ending the divisive War of the Roses. The unification of the houses of York and Lancaster by this marriage was symbolized by the heraldic emblem of the Tudor Rose, which combined the white rose of York and the red rose of...
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Dolwyddelan Castle (Castell Dolwyddelan) is located near the village of Dolwyddelan in Conwy, between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Betws y Coed. It was built by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great) in the 13th century as a Snowdonian stronghold guarding a main route through North Wales.

On 18th January 1283 it was captured by the forces of Edward I of England during his conquest of Wales. ...
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Born on this day 1752 in Lambeth, London (to Welsh parents originating from Carmarthen)

John Nash - who is one of Britain's most famous architects. Examples of his work include: the state rooms and western front of Buckingham Palace, Regents Park, Marble Arch, Trafalgar Square, Brighton's Royal pavilion , the Gaol's of Carmarthen, Cardigan and Hereford, Old College (Aberystwyth University)...
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On 18th January 1884, Dr William Price was arrested for attempting to cremate his dead baby son, Iesu Grist, at Llantrisant. he was later tried at Cardiff Assizes but acquitted on the grounds that cremation was not contrary to law, he was therefore able to carry out the ceremony on 14th March.
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Born on this day 1809 in Swansea

John Gwyn Jeffreys - conchologist (the study of mollusc shells) and malacologist (the study of molluscs). He was the author of a number of books and articles on conchology and the mechanics of sea dredging.

Jeffreys was educated in Swansea at the Bishop Gore School (Swansea Grammar School), before going to London, where he qualified as a barrister but his...
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Born on this day 1920 in Cardiff

Paul Dickson - award winning director in film, television and advertising.

Dickson is best remembered for two remarkable postwar documentaries, The Undefeated (1950) and David (1951, the Welsh contribution to the Festival of Britain). The Avengers and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) were among his best-known television credits.
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Following the death of Llywelyn ap Grufydd in 1282, Wales was annexed by King Edward I of England and in 1293, Sir Roger de Puleston was appointed High Sheriff of Anglesey, tasked with imposing new English taxes (one fifteenth of all moveables). These were unsurprisingly unpopular with the Welsh and led to discontent. On 17th January 1294 following a raid on Caernarvon borough by de...
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On 17th January 1941, 58 people were killed in air raids on Swansea.
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Born on this day 1940 in Ynysybwl.

Leighton Rees - the first ever World Professional Darts Champion and also a member of the the inaugural World Darts Cup winning team in 1977 .
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Born on this day 1863 in Chorlton on Medlock, Manchester (of Welsh parents)

David Lloyd George.

Lloyd George's father, William George, who was a schoolmaster died when David was three, so his mother Elizabeth took him and his brother Richard to her native Llanystumdwy, Caernarfonshire, where he was strongly influenced by his uncle Richard Lloyd, a minister and political activist in North...
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On 17th January 1920, in a 19-5 win over England, Jerry Shea achieved the first international scoring "Full House"; try, penalty goal, conversion and drop goal.

Shea, born in Newport (12 August 1892 – 30 June 1947) was a Welsh international dual-code rugby centre, who was also an accomplished swimmer and professional boxer.
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The Blizzard of 1881 (17–18 January 1881) was one of the most severe blizzards ever to hit Wales. At least five people froze to death and all transport and industry, came to a standstill..

A low pressure system rapidly developed in the English Channel, causing snowfalls and as the system deepened and moved through the Channel, gale force easterly wind caused blizzards and drifts of snow,...
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Born on this day 1909 in Abertillery.

Sandy Griffiths - football referee who was the first Welshman to referee, an international at Wembley, an FA Cup Final, (the 1953 FA Cup Final, otherwise known as the Matthews Final) and to appear in a World Cup final ( as a linesman, when West Germany beat Hungary in the 1954 final)
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Born on this day 1958 in Pill, Newport.

Tony Pulis former professional soccer player, but best known as a manager. Pulis has a reputation for the long ball style of play and achieving results on small budgets. He is best known for taking Stoke City to the Premier League in the 2007–08 season and is currently the head coach of West Bromwich Albion.