welsh history

6 Radnorshire Churches You Must Visit

Radnorshire is my stomping ground. Its an overlooked part of Wales, sandwiched between the Cambrian Mountains and The Marches. It really is the heart of my homeland – and its home to some hidden historic gems! Long time Hisdoryan followers will know I’m a big fan of church crawling. In fact, when everything is a…

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Guest Post – The First Welsh Witch – Gwen Ferch Ellis

When you think of a witch, what comes to mind? Green skin? Pointy Hat? Broomstick? Black cat? These are all iconic characteristics of ‘witches’ as we have come to know them in twenty-first-century popular culture, but in the Early Modern period the word ‘witch’ meant something else. The existence of witches was feared throughout the…

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Historygram – The Best Instagram Accounts for Welsh History

Lockdown has been a great opportunity to revisit some of the old features on the Hisdoryan blog. While reviewing my old Historygram posts, I was shocked to discover I hadn’t written about the great Welsh history Instagram accounts out there. So if you fancy touring historical Wales through the medium of social media during lockdown, follow…

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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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The Crooked Church – St Martin’s Church, Cwmyoy

If you go down to the Black Mountains today, you’re in for a big surprise. Most people will head straight for either imposing Llanthony Priory in its picturesque setting, or the nearby Church of St Issui at Partishow with its famous wall paintings. However, there is a hidden treasure of a church that tops them all…

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