welsh history

Chirk Castle – An Underrated Gem

Chirk Castle isn’t your ordinary Welsh castle. In the late 13th Century Edward I started building many castles in North Wales to consolidate his conquest. Today most of them are empty shells, where you have to use your imagination to conjure up the furniture and people that once filled the walls. But not Chirk. Chirk…

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Review: Women’s Suffrage in Wales by Lisa Tippings

The stars have aligned on the Hisdoryan blog. It’s officially Women’s History Month. It’s also Welsh History Month on the blog. And I’ve just finished reading Women’s Suffrage in Wales by Lisa Tipping. The timing is perfect for a review. I’ve always been into Women’s History, and I’m so glad the field of study is…

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My Top 8 Welsh Churches

Wales is a country full of chapels and churches. Our places of worship are often sited in wild, remote, sacred and utterly beautiful landscapes, much like their Celtic Christian ancestors. Throughout my study of Welsh History at university, it became clear to me that this ‘remoteness’ and being on the periphery of England has resulted in Wales maintaining…

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Saint Fagans National Museum of History – Part 2

Welcome back to the second part of my blog post about fabulous Saint Fagans – the UK’s first ever open-air museum, situated near Cardiff in Wales. The first blog post featured my personal favourites out of the wonderful collection of shops, industrial buildings and places of worship you can explore at Saint Fagans. I would…

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The Welsh in America – American Presidents of Welsh Descent

For such a small country, Wales has certainly punched above its weight in terms of its contribution to one of the most powerful nations of the modern era – you could even call it our most successful colony! In the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries large numbers of Welsh settlers made their way to ‘the…

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