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Ruperra Castle, which was built in 1626, is a Grade II Listed Building, situated in Lower Machen, near Caerphilly.

* Following the Battle of Naseby, King Charles I spent two nights at Ruperra Castle in 1645.

* Godfrey Charles Morgan, who was a captain during the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaklava in the Crimean War, was born at Ruperra.

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On 6th December 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite army retreated from Derby, not knowing that the Welsh Jacobites has risen in support, that London was in panic and that George II was ready flee to the Continent. Their retreat ultimately resulted with the quashing of the rebellion to restore the line of James II to the throne of England, at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.

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Born on this day 1848 in Landore, Swansea

Thomas Edwards - Independent minister and Archdruid of the U.S.A

Edwards emigrated to Pensylvania in 1870, where he established a church society called the Cynonfardd Literary Society, designed to teach English to Welsh, through the literary disciplines of the Welsh Eisteddfod, such as music, singing and poetry. This proved so successful that it...
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In December 1215, Llywelyn ap Iorweth (Llywelyn the Great) captured Shrewsbury Castle in a campaign that also saw him take those at Carmarthen, Cardigan Kidwelly, Cilgerran and Llanstephan.

It is thought that the town of Shrewsbury was founded by the Saxons of Mercia in the 8th century to control the Severn river-crossing on the road between the Hereford and Chester.

The earliest written...
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Pistyll Rhaeadr, is located a few miles from the village of Llanrhaedr-ym-Mochnant, twelve miles west of Oswestry.

Pistyll Rhaeadr is formed by the Afon Disgynfa falling, in three stages, over a 240-foot Silurian cliff-face, below which the river is known as the Afon Rhaedr. It is counted as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales and is a Site of Specific Scientific...
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Edward John Lewis, is remembered as winning his one and only cap for Wales, playing half-back in the first ever Welsh rugby international. Wales lost comprehensively and Lewis was never picked again. Instead he concentrated on his career as a consultant surgeon, later taking a post as Senior Resident Medical Officer at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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Strumble Head Lighthouse stands imposingly on Ynysmeicl (St. Michael's Island), an islet to the west of Fishguard, it is connected to the mainland by a by a footbridge across the narrow sound.

The station was built in 1908 by Trinity House for the greater safety of sea traffic between Ireland and the new Fishguard Harbour. The new light formed a link with the existing South Bishop light, 18...
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These incredible coincidences occured on Menai Strait, the treacherous, narrow stretch of shallow tidal water which separates the island of Anglesey from the mainland of Wales;

December 5th 1664 - a ship sunk in the Menai Strait and the only survivor was Hugh Williams.

December 5th 1785 - a ship sunk in the Menai Strait and the only survivor was Hugh Williams.

December 5th 1820 - a ship...
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Today is the feast day of Saint Justinian of Ramsey Island, Abbot of St David's Cathedral (pictured)

Saint Justinian of Ramsey Island c.550

Tradition states that he was a Breton nobleman who settled on the Ramsey Island as a hermit. He was visited by Saint David who was so impressed with his holiness that he made him Abbot of St David's Cathedral. Justinian however, became frustrated with...
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Born on this day 1936 in Chepstow.

Richard Meade - Olympic gold medal winning equestrian. Meade was a member of Britain's gold medal winning team in the three-day event at both the 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics and also won the individual gold in 1972, becoming the first British rider to win an individual Olympic gold medal. His international record also includes two gold and two silver...
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The daguerrotype of Margam Castle taken in 1841 by Calvert Jones is credited with being the first photograph taken in Wales.

Calvert Jones was born on 4th December 1804 in Swansea. He was a mathematician, painter and photographer, who came from a wealthy Swansea family and was educated at Eton and Oriel College, Oxford. He became rector of Loughor where he developed a great interest in...
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The International Rugby Hall of Fame was created at its inaugural dinner on 4th December 1997 in New Zealand.

The following are its current Welsh inductees;

Gareth Edwards, Barry John, JPR Williams, Cliff Morgan, Gerald Davies, Carwyn James, Mervyn Davies, Phil Bennett, Gwyn Nicholls, Ieuan Evans,.Shane Williams, John Dawes and Arthur Gould
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In December 1946, the U.K's first Remploy factory was opened, in Bridgend, with the aim of offering work to disabled people. Over the following decades Remploy established a network of 83 factories across the UK.

Remploy was originally subsidised by the government, however at the beginning of 21st century, it became the policy to encourage disabled people to have mainstream jobs, which...
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Kidwelly Castle (Castell Cydweli) is one of the finest in South-West Wales and remains remarkably intact despite its history of involvement in conflict.

A timeline of the history of Kidwelly Castle;

c.1100 Shortly after the Norman conquest, the lordship of the entire south west Welsh coastal plain was awarded by Henry I, to Roger, Bishop of Salisbury.

1106 Roger built a motte-and-baley...
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On December 3, 1966, two of the most special players ever to play the game made their debuts

50 years on from the day Welsh rugby changed forever

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On 3rd December 1935, Felinfoel brewery produced Britain's first ever can of beer.

Felinfoel was first brewery outside the USA to commerically can beer and it was to transform Britains alcohol buying habits. The cans were made from tinplate, produced in South Wales, the ares which from the late 18th century until the early 20th dominated the world's production. So much so that in the early...
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On 3rd December 2011, Shane Williams scored his 58th Test try in his final Welsh appearance, with the last move of the match against Australia. He scored his try with a celebratory somersault and was treated to a standing ovation at the final whistle.
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Born on this day 1925 in Crynant, near Neath

Roy John - former Wales and Lions rugby international. John was capped 19 times for Wales and was a member of the 1950 and 1952 Grand Slam winning teams as well the Welsh side that beat New Zealand in 1953. In 1950 he was also selected for the Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia, where his excellent ability in the line out as well as his...
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On 3rd December 1984, the first McDonald's fast food restaurant in Wales opened in Cardiff.

* The McDonald's Corporation is the world's largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, with approximately 68 million daily customers in 119 countries across 35,000 outlets, employing more than 1.7 million people.

* The company began in 1940 as a barbecue restaurant operated by Richard and...
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Born on this day 1910 in Oswestry

Dr. Robert Arthur Hughes, who was a medical missionary for the Presbyterian Church of Wales. He trained as a surgeon in London prior to working at the Welsh Mission Hospital in Shillong (the capital of the state of Assam in India), from 1939-1969, where under his direction, the hospital was able to employ more nurses than the rest of the hospitals in Assam...
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