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Sep 23, 2017
Category: General
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The name of Brecon's Viaduct House is puzzling today, because all traces of the railway viaduct which crossed The Struet and the river Honddu vanished decades ago. Brecon was ...

Sep 17, 2017
Category: General
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On 17 September 1937 three RAF airmen died when their plane crashed into the shallow sea off Penmaenbach headland, Conwy. There's no memorial to them locally but now ...

Sep 5, 2017
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Take a look inside the Metropolitan Cathedral of St David, in Cardiff city centre, and you may find it hard to believe that the interior fittings and roof didn't exist 70 years ago. The Luftwaffe ...

Aug 28, 2017
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Walkers passing the famous ruined cottages at Cwmorthin, near Blaenau Ffestiniog, are in for a surprise if they scan our nearby QR codes, which reveal how many people lived ...

Aug 22, 2017
Category: General
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Howell Harris was a key figure in the spread of Methodism across Wales in the 18th century, but it was at Talgarth's Anglican church that ...

Aug 5, 2017
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Unsettled August weather brought tragedy to the west coast of Anglesey in 1941, when 11 men died trying to rescue three airmen whose plane had crashed into ...

Jul 30, 2017
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Recently reopened as a restaurant after major refurbishment, the Washington is a landmark on Llandudno's famous promenade but might never have been built had the original hotel ...

Jul 25, 2017
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It's a fair bet that George White, landlord of the Griffin Inn at Dale, Pembrokeshire, never had trouble from drinkers - he'd been the British Army's champion swordsman ...

Jul 18, 2017
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Lord and Lady Fielding caused a scandal when they gave Capuchin friars a Flintshire church they'd built as a gift to the Church of England. They converted to Catholicism ...

Jul 11, 2017
Category: General
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It's reputed that Barmouth's Tŷ Gwyn, now home to a seafront restaurant and maritime museum, was built as a safe house for Jasper Tudor during a low point in Lancastrian fortunes. Jasper and his nephew Henry ...

Jul 5, 2017
Category: General
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It's no coincidence that the windows of Carmarthen's Oriel Myrddin Gallery admit so much light - the building was designed for art students. Founded in 1854, Carmarthen School of Art ...

Jul 1, 2017
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Fines for showing lights at night were common in the Second World War, but in the First World War a Llandrindod Wells hotelier was punished after electric light ...

Jun 24, 2017
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A bust of Thomas Davis, Messenger to King Charles I, has adorned St Tegfan's Church on Anglesey for centuries but it wasn't till 10 years ago this month that his ...

Jun 15, 2017
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Dry docks are commonly found on the coast, so it may be a surprise to find two of them 40 metres above the river Dee at Trevor, Wrexham. They were built before 1835 ...

Jun 8, 2017
Category: General
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Argoed Meadows, on the banks of the river Teifi in Cenarth, is a place of happy memories as it's home to a popular camping and caravan park, but in 1944 an RAF bomber attempted an emergency ...

May 29, 2017
Category: General
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Many young people and visitors to Cardiff may pass Aneurin Bevan's statue in Queen Street without realising his significance, but now they (and anyone else) can use their mobiles to ...

May 23, 2017
Category: General
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The pilots of Penmon, Anglesey, saved many lives in Victorian times but by the early 20th century they were regarded by some as being part of a money-making racket. Every ...

May 17, 2017
Category: General
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Congratulations to our contributor Phillip Jones on the publication of his comprehensive history of aviation in Radnorshire. As well as stories of wartime ...

May 13, 2017
Category: General
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Six pigs from a farm near Abergavenny landed their owner in hot water in 1916 when they raided the vicar's garden. Pen-y-Dre Farm is well worth a look ...

May 6, 2017
Category: General
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Flint's prominent Oddfellows' Hall has the letters MU above its date. If you're thinking Manchester United, you're only a letter or two out. The initials are ...

Apr 29, 2017
Category: General
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A memorial was erected on Caerphilly Mountain in 2015 to a young Canadian airman who died there in 1941. Now HistoryPoints has provided ...

Apr 22, 2017
Category: General
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Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, seem to be everywhere these days but their history on Anglesey goes back to the early 1940s, when biplanes known as "Queen Bees" were ...

Apr 13, 2017
Category: General
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Llanarmon in the Ceiriog Valley, near Wrexham, is one of many places in Wales named after a 5th-century bishop of Auxerre, France. St Garmon came to Wales in 429AD to ...

Apr 8, 2017
Category: General
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The triple-decked Devil's Bridge, east of Aberystwyth, is linked to the legend of a woman outwitting the devil, but its Welsh name, Pontarfynach, is at the other end of the spectrum of goodness. The last ...

Mar 31, 2017
Category: General
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Scan our QR codes by the A40 west of Crickhowell and you'll discover that the house just up the hill was once the home of George Everest, after whom the world's highest mountain ...

Mar 24, 2017
Category: General
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A national shortage of small coins in the 18th century was no problem for one Anglesey company - which simply minted its own currency. The coins were accepted in London ...

Mar 18, 2017
Category: General
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SA Brain produced beer at the Old Brewery, in the centre of Cardiff, from 1882 to 1999, but the brewery goes back much further. It was already known as the Old Brewery when Samuel ...

Mar 11, 2017
Category: General
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In 1901 a young man was charged with trying to kill himself by jumping off Llangollen Bridge. His mother told magistrates she had fed her boys opium as babies, on doctor's orders, and continued ...

Mar 5, 2017
Category: General
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Over the years we've featured many sporting venues and other places connected with sports events or people (and we'll be adding more). Now you can browse the stories using ...

Feb 25, 2017
Category: General
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There was an outcry when Crickhowell's 15th-century gatehouse received a coat of yellow limewash in the 1990s. The colour had been matched ...

Feb 18, 2017
Category: General
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The village bobby was on his night off when an RAF bomber crashed near Bwlchgwyn, Wrexham, in 1943. Three local men dashed to the scene and found one of the eight airmen alive. He ...

Feb 11, 2017
Category: General
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The BBC was accused of airing too many hymns after setting up its first studio in Wales in a room above a Cardiff shop. The studio broadcast to south-west England as well as ...

Feb 4, 2017
Category: General
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Ship's captain Thomas Pritchard only got to see his children twice, in 1929 and 1935, before being taken to a
Japanese prisoner of war camp where he died ...

Jan 28, 2017
Category: General
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John Williams had a reputation as a healer in Victorian Crickhowell, so when he announced he'd found a cure for rabies the press reported that M Pasteur of Paris had a rival ...

Jan 22, 2017
Category: General
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Loathing of tolls in Wales goes back long before the Severn Bridge was thought of, and in 1890 an entire travelling circus and menagerie evaded an Anglesey toll. There were 66 horses pulling ...

Jan 14, 2017
Category: General
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This year is the "Year of Legends" in Wales, and HistoryPoints is providing on-the-spot access to ancient tales at many places across the country. We've also gathered ...

Jan 7, 2017
Category: General
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When buildings in Fishguard were damaged by a privateer in 1779, the townsfolk had no idea that inventor Benjamin Franklin was behind the attack. Franklin was ...

Jan 2, 2017
Category: General
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Machine House is a puzzling name for a pair of non-industrial buildings in the centre of Rossett, near Wrexham. But this was once the location of a weighbridge, a device which ...

Dec 24, 2016
Category: General
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Children leaving their beds before dawn on Christmas Day isn't a modern phenomenon in Wales. In olden times, they'd go to the plygain service, whose name comes from "cock crow" in ...

Dec 21, 2016
Category: General
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Sir John Williams was renowned as an obstetrician in his day but perhaps his most lasting legacy lies in the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. He donated much of his valuable book ...

Dec 11, 2016
Category: General
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Many visitors to Haulfre Gardens, Llandudno, have seen the strange metal planter at the tearooms. Now you can scan the QR codes by it with your mobile to discover that it was ...

Dec 3, 2016
Category: General
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Henry Tudor had no time to lose after landing, from exile, in Pembrokeshire in 1485 so he made a beeline for Haverfordwest, where he knew that his small and still vulnerable army ...

Nov 25, 2016
Category: General
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Alfred Russel Wallace was a pioneer of the evolution theory now commonly attributed to Charles Darwin, but before becoming a renowned biologist he designed the Mechanics' Institute in Neath. He ...

Nov 18, 2016
Category: General
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As navvies built dams in north-east Snowdonia, illicit alcohol sales in the hills kept the "uncouth" men from visiting the Conwy Valley. The police turned a blind eye, but the landlord of Y Bedol ...

Nov 11, 2016
Category: General
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The fascinating stories of buildings and other places in Llandrindod Wells during the First World War is now available to residents and visitors on their smartphones. Some 4,000 men of the Royal Army ...

Nov 6, 2016
Category: General
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One of the most unusual guests ever at the Cross Keys Hotel, Mold, was a man named Dobb, who arrived unconscious after being gassed by a faulty balloon. At the fire brigade's ...

Oct 31, 2016
Category: General
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Anglesey people lived in fear of the witches of Llanddona until well into the 19th century. The first witches and their equally fearsome menfolk were said to have drifted ...

Oct 29, 2016
Category: General
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When a schoolgirl's fairy costume caught fire during a school concert in Llandrindod Wells in 1916, the only child brave enough to take action was a Belgian refugee called ...

Oct 20, 2016
Category: General
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Hundreds of people have read our information about Abergavenny's Gunter mansion and its clandestine Catholic chapel since our QR codes went on display there in 2012, but ...

Oct 16, 2016
Category: General
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The Conwy Valley's inland surfing centre - the first of its kind in the world - wouldn't exist had an aluminium factory not been established at the site more than 100 years ...

Oct 8, 2016
Category: General
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The Llandrindod Wells campus of the NPTC Group of Colleges occupies a former hotel, whose landlady lost two sons in the First World War and pleaded for her third ...

Oct 1, 2016
Category: General
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We should thank a medieval lawyer for the survival of the ancient Priory Church of St Mary in Usk. The priory's finances were as weak as some of the priory buildings' foundations when ...

Sep 25, 2016
Category: General
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An MP's son who innocently chose his grave soon before dying, a victim of the Red Baron, a silhouette artist and a chaired bard are just some of the people whose stories ...

Sep 18, 2016
Category: General
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Women at the large Grange Laundry in Rhyl were found working illegally long shifts in 1909. Managers said they knew they were breaking the law but otherwise visitors ...

Sep 11, 2016
Category: General
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The Automobile Palace in Llandrindod Wells is testament to the enthusiasm of its builder for all forms of transport. It carries the words "Cycles", "Motors" and "Aircraft", just three of ...

Sep 4, 2016
Category: General
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St Mary's Well at Llanrhos, near Llandudno, was lost under rubble until 1993. Now the Deganwy History Group has installed an interpretation board, complete with HistoryPoints QR ...

Sep 2, 2016
Category: General
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One of the earliest church windows to depict British soldiers in khaki was installed in 1919 in Clydach, Swansea Valley. It was given in memory of John Ynys Palfrey Jones ...

Aug 30, 2016
Category: General
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This year marks the 180th anniversary of the British Museum's first acquisition of fragments of the Mold cape, sparking a reconstruction effort sustained over generations. The task wasn't helped ...

Aug 19, 2016
Category: General
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Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey, is popular with visitors but few of them probably know that the name is an old corruption of Red Warth Bay. Unless, that is, they've spotted the new HistoryPoints ...

Aug 16, 2016
Category: General
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Dogs which interrupted the sermon at St Mary's Church in Brecon would be seized with special tongs and ejected through a purpose-built dog door, which you can still ...

Aug 11, 2016
Category: General
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Sarah Franke of the Old Vaults Inn, Ruabon, pricked herself with a pin in 1891. She suffered blood poisoning and died, aged 47. Her husband Oscar was an immigrant ...

Aug 2, 2016
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When the National Eisteddfod of Wales was held in Abergavenny in 1913 there were concerns that suffragettes might use the event to protest for women's votes. A hayrick near the maes in ...

Jul 25, 2016
Category: General
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Llandudno newsagent GR Thompson looked uncannily like the reigning monarch, King Edward VII. So much so that he had his own portrait printed on the backs of postcards ...

Jul 17, 2016
Category: General
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The Tour de France on modern bikes would have been a doddle for early cyclists whose machines had frames and wheels of wood! You can see one of those bikes in Llandrindod Wells, in ...

Jul 9, 2016
Category: General
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The Sessions House in Usk was designed in grand style for the regional quarter sessions court. The last felons were tried there in 1995, 25 years after one of the courtrooms ...

Jul 2, 2016
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In 1909 Rhyl Council became a defendant in a court case where the prosecutor was ... Rhyl Council! What started as an attempt to force a butcher to tidy the Cut ...

Jun 24, 2016
Category: General
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Sarah Siddons, born in Brecon in 1755, became Britain's leading tragic actress, but her youthful romance with William Siddons was almost as dramatic as ...

Jun 17, 2016
Category: General
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Henry Bowen left his pint at the Vardre Inn, Clydach, one day in 1894 to warn hauliers that the road outside was too soft for the giant boiler they were delivering to Glais. As he alerted ...

Jun 14, 2016
Category: General
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For the past four years, HistoryPoints QR codes in the walled town of Conwy have unlocked the stories of interesting features on the spot. Now an attractive new town trail leaflet includes ...

Jun 10, 2016
Category: General
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Wales' participation in the UEFA European Championships 2016 stems from a Ruabon solicitor's opposition to calls from South Wales that rugby was the sport ...

Jun 6, 2016
Category: General
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Miners in Newbridge were so intent on having a suitable facility for eduction and recreation in the early 20th century that they took out a mortgage to build an Institute. Similar ...

May 31, 2016
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The smoke of the Battle of Jutland had long since cleared when a Swedish man picked from the sea the overcoat of Robert Willie Parry, of Y Felinheli. One pocket ...

May 27, 2016
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"Too good to be true," thought Thomas Ford of Carew tidal mill on receiving a free sample of "Improving Meal" in 1891. The company which had sent it claimed the substance ...

May 21, 2016
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Would you board a train if you knew the driver was known as "Dic Loco"? Conwy Valley aluminium workers had no qualms about it, because the driver wasn't insane. Nicknames ...

May 14, 2016
Category: General
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The best way to summon the people of Holywell to worship in the 18th century was to hang a church bell from the neck of a man who would walk the streets. The bell clanged with each ...

May 6, 2016
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Cameras are a common tool for law enforcement today, but when Carmarthen prison governor George Stephens began to photograph suspects in 1858 the concept ...

Apr 30, 2016
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Llandudno was a copper mining community before it became a seaside resort, and now you can use your smartphone to discover the fascinating history of Church Walks, which ...

Apr 23, 2016
Category: General
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A slipway leading from land to water seems an unlikely facility for getting planes into the sky, but the ramp east of Beaumaris was originally built for flying ...

Apr 16, 2016
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Poet Aneurin Jones ran the Halfway House in Pontllanfraith, Caerphilly, before emigrating to the USA, where he became superintendent of New York's parks. He helped to ...

Apr 8, 2016
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Tenby was one of Wales' busiest ports when a teenager called Henry Tudor evaded the authorities and slipped out to sea there one night in 1471. Had he been caught, the Tudor dynasty ...

Apr 4, 2016
Category: General
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When the Royal Oak Inn in Conwy lost its licence in 1899, the reasons included its use by "drunken women" and poor people. The appeal went all the way to the High Court in London, which ...

Mar 30, 2016
Category: General
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John Byrne was one of the first men to receive the Victoria Cross, back in the 1850s, but later he shot a colleague in Newport whom he believed had "insulted" the VC. When police ...

Mar 23, 2016
Category: General
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When Lancashire cotton magnate James Ormrod built a church near Ruabon in memory of his wife, he sourced most of the materials from the local area. Sandstone quarried on his ...

Mar 18, 2016
Category: General
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Workers at the Penrhyn slate quarry, near Bethesda, used to knock off early on payday to walk to the central pay office, but after steam train technology arrived in the 1870s the pay packets ...

Mar 12, 2016
Category: General
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The building which surrounds the Wind Street entrance to Salubrious Passage, Swansea, has a small inscription to note that surgeon Thomas Williams built it in 1803. He saved a teenage girl's life ...

Mar 6, 2016
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PC Gardner of Eglwysbach, Conwy Valley, returned from his beat one Sunday in 1887 to find that a burglar had stolen gold worth £8 from the village's police house, along with ...

Feb 26, 2016
Category: General
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Anyone visiting the memorial in Pontypridd to the writers of the Welsh national anthem can now listen to the music on their mobiles and read a concise ...

Feb 19, 2016
Category: General
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The Anglesey abutment of Stephenson's Britannia Bridge looks like a solid mass of stone from the outside, but now smartphone users can scan QR codes ...

Feb 14, 2016
Category: General
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The statue of Sir William Nott in the centre of Carmarthen wasn't the only 3D depiction of the military leader to be made after his death in 1845. A ship owner paid tribute by naming a new ...

Feb 5, 2016
Category: General
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A Welsh text urging husbands to love their wives had deteriorated when Dr Samuel Johnson visited the church in Tremeirchion in 1774, so that it translated as: "Husbands, beat your wives". One of his ...

Jan 29, 2016
Category: General
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Beekeeper Huw Berry of Llanrwst, Conwy Valley, nearly had his funeral delayed - by a swarm of bees at the cemetery entrance. The bees later settled on the flowers ...

Jan 22, 2016
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When worshipping at St Padarn's Church, the 14th-century bard Dafydd ap Gwilym didn't always concentrate on the sermon, judging by a poem in which he describes ogling a female ...

Jan 13, 2016
Category: General
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"The king is dead - long live the king!". That was the basis, it appears, of the naming policy for a new park in Rhyl in the 1930s. It was going to be dedicated to the new King Edward VIII ...

Jan 5, 2016
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Livestock trader HD Jones often collected animals from the railway goods yard at Llangefni, Anglesey, and walked them through the town towards his farm. In the 1940s, a flock of sheep veered off ...

Dec 30, 2015
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WE Williams of Pwllypant House, Caerphilly, bequeathed a modest fortune in 1870 - not to his relatives but to the wealthy Marquis of Bute, whom he barely knew! The ...

Dec 24, 2015
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If you've seen the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus portrayed on a card or in a nativity play this Christmas, they probably had porcelain skin. But both have dark brown skin in an icon which you can see inside ...

Dec 12, 2015
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Frances Williams of Whitford, Flintshire, was the first Welsh woman to be transported to Australia. She had made the mistake of stealing some items belonging to Thomas Pennant's ...

Dec 7, 2015
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The unusual circular shelter at West Shore, Llandudno, is still known as the tram shelter, almost 60 years after the last tram departed for Colwyn Bay. But tram passengers were not ...

Dec 1, 2015
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War memorials always dominate our list of Top 10 HiPoints in November, as readers use the QR codes and web pages to discover details of local war dead. So which ones got the most ...

Nov 27, 2015
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Evan Basil Davies was one of four men who survived 41 days in a ship's lifeboat off Africa during the Second World War, but he died in another torpedo attack ...

Nov 21, 2015
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How many of the people who enjoy a stroll through Morley Road Park in Rhyl are aware that dead bodies lie beneath them? The land was a cemetery from 1859 until there was no more room ...

Nov 17, 2015
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The Holyhead ferry SS Anglia was converted to a hospital ship in the First World War. The red crosses on its sides were no defence against the mine which sank it 100 years ago today ...

Nov 12, 2015
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Try counting the arches in Crickhowell's bridge over the Usk and you'll never get the same result on the upstream and downstream sides, even if you haven't been drinking ...

Nov 10, 2015
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Volunteers who researched the Conwy and Deganwy war memorials for HistoryPoints have placed poppies on the doors of 49 war dead. Each poppy has a card with the person's name and ...

Nov 6, 2015
Category: General
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The Merchant Navy played a vital and risky role in the First and Second World Wars, and now the details of thousands of seamen who died in wartime are ...

Nov 2, 2015
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Today's fine weather could not be further removed from the stormy conditions which precipitated the Dolgarrog dam disaster on 2 November 1925. Ten adults and six children ...

Oct 30, 2015
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When a dam broke at Cwmcarn, in the Gwent Valleys, in 1875 the resulting torrent was powerful enough to demolish the flannel factory where John Hunt and his family ...

Oct 21, 2015
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The Church in Wales separated from Britain's established Anglican church in 1920, but another five years passed before it built its first church, in Llay, near Wrexham. The ...

Oct 16, 2015
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Thousands of people have enjoyed the words and photos of Llandudno historian John Lawson-Reay on HistoryPoints.org since 2012. Now many of the places ...

Oct 10, 2015
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During the Second World War, customers at the Angel Hotel, Abergavenny, could sometimes spot Adolf Hitler's deputy enjoying a drink there. Rudolf Hess had flown from Germany ...

Oct 2, 2015
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There's more to the former Jim Isaacs garage in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, than meets the eye. Bob Berry serviced some of his bikes there while trying to break the world speed record ...

Sep 25, 2015
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100 years ago today, Llanrwst butcher's son Ivor Jones was killed in the Battle of Loos. He and his eight brothers set a Welsh record by serving in the First World War. The ...

Sep 18, 2015
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A sailor from Moelfre, Anglesey, was lucky to be picked up alive by a passing ship after nine days in a lifeboat, but later he was tried for cannibalism. His own ship ...

Sep 10, 2015
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The General Office building in Ebbw Vale is a grand statement of previous industrial might - and it should have been even bigger. The First World War interrupted ...

Sep 5, 2015
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An hotel landlord in Conwy was one of the first to be fined after boozing on Sundays was banned in Wales in 1881. Bona fide travellers were allowed to consume ...

Aug 31, 2015
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When you walk towards the impressively large church in Corwen, Denbighshire, look to your left to see gravestones with distinctive semicircular niches. Grieving relatives ...

Aug 22, 2015
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The site of Cwmcarn Colliery's pithead is now a forest glade, but in 1876 it was a site of tragedy as the bodies of two men were removed from the embryonic shaft. They had ...

Aug 14, 2015
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One hundred years ago, a German submarine came right up to the shore of the Great Orme, Llandudno, on three successive nights to try to collect three officers who had escaped ...

Aug 11, 2015
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The isolated portico of the old Penrhyn Arms Hotel makes an odd sight at the roadside in Bangor, but what makes this stonework special is that the University College ...

Aug 6, 2015
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A large stone tablet at St Edmund's Church, Crickhowell, was inscribed in the 18th century with lists of people whom men and women couldn't marry, including their ...

Jul 23, 2015
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The posthumous bardic chair for Hedd Wyn, killed in the First World War, was famously covered with a black cloth, but that was not the first time the National Eisteddfod ...

Jul 18, 2015
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Madame Marriott, palmist at Cardiff's Royal Arcade, was embroiled in a sensational court case in 1904 after a Swiss governess threatened to kill the priest she had fallen in love ...

Jul 12, 2015
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In Llandegfan churchyard, Anglesey, are the graves of more than 30 boys who died while inmates of the industrial training ship HMS Clio. One was killed by bullies, some ...

Jul 4, 2015
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Sir Roger Casement, executed for treason in the First World War, was secretly baptised at the Roman Catholic church in Rhyl in 1868. His diplomatic ...

Jun 29, 2015
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To the residents of Cwmcarn, in the Gwent Valleys, Royden Jandrell was just an ordinary shopkeeper and family man. But before he settled into this quiet life, he won a medal ...

Jun 28, 2015
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There was always plenty of animation at the site of the Cineworld multi-screen cinema in Llandudno Junction as  steam engines came and went ...

Jun 21, 2015
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Words cast into the arch of Waterloo Bridge, Betws-y-coed, record that the structure was constructed in the year of the Battle of Waterloo. The parts didn't arrive from ...

Jun 15, 2015
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When Pickfords turned up at the old Customs office in Cardiff Bay in 1993, they moved not just the contents but the entire building. It had taken a big lobbying ...

Jun 10, 2015
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Undershot waterwheels are rare in such a hilly country as Wales, but Marford Mill at Rossett, near Wrexham, has two of them, almost side by side. The mill was erected in ...

Jun 6, 2015
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Many people who visit the pretty village of Moelfre, Anglesey, pause to look at its war memorial. Now HistoryPoints enables them to discover that 5 of the 18 locals who died ...

Jun 1, 2015
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Wales 110 years ago was gripped by a religious Revival which spread to five continents, and it all began when a former miner and blacksmith from Loughor, near ...

May 26, 2015
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The building where early film-maker Arthur Cheetham used to entertain crowds with his moving pictures still stands in Rhyl town centre, although its historical ...

May 19, 2015
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HistoryPoints QR codes at TE Lawrence's birthplace near Porthmadog enable visitors to read his story on their mobiles in several languages, including Arabic. Today it's 80 years ...

May 13, 2015
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James Buckley's face is familiar to Welsh beer drinkers from labels on bottles of "The Rev James" ale. Another of his legacies is a Powys chapel built in 1798 on ...

May 6, 2015
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Cunard Line stewardess Mary Elizabeth Jones, of Llanfairfechan, was temporarily transferred from her usual ship to RMS Lusitania, shortly before the liner ...

May 5, 2015
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The first person in Britain to learn that the Titanic was sinking was Artie Jones, a miller's son from Pontllanfraith, near Caerphilly. Locals brought batteries ...

Apr 28, 2015
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A Liberal and Conservative coalition was a divisive issue in the 1918 general election, and Caernarfon-based MP Ellis Davies refused to back ...

Apr 24, 2015
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On Anzac Day every year the Australian flag is raised outside the former home in Llandudno of Billy Hughes, who became Prime Minister of Australia in 1915. Anzac Day recalls the start of ...

Apr 19, 2015
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The Bishop of Llandaff was one of 30,000 people who petitioned for a reduced sentence for Newport murderer William Beavan. Beavan had killed his wife ...

Apr 13, 2015
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Daniel Jones, a pioneering Mormon from Abergele, evaded multiple death threats in the USA after he was jailed with Joseph Smith, who is regarded as a prophet ...

Apr 6, 2015
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When two carts carrying liquid explosive blew up near Llanberis in 1869, the noise was heard as far away as Holyhead. It was probably the biggest man-made explosion ever ...

Apr 1, 2015
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Nobody knows how Swansea's Salubrious Place got its name, but an eminent local historian suggested long ago that it could have begun as an ironic name for a filthy ...

Mar 27, 2015
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Conwy sea captain John Jones, who died 150 years ago this month, witnessed his town's transformation during his 70 years. He was landlord of the Liverpool Arms ...

Mar 22, 2015
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The Morris brothers of Anglesey were renowned in the 18th century for their multi-skilling, despite having grown up on a remote farm. Their father was a cooper ...

Mar 16, 2015
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The coffin of Thomas Jones, of Llantysilio Hall, near Llangollen, was opened one night by people who hoped to find his will inside. He had died in 1820 without a direct descendant ...

Mar 11, 2015
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According to the ads, every bubble in Corona pop had passed its fizzical. The company's main factory in Porth, Rhondda, was a product of the Victorian temperance ...

Mar 9, 2015
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When Prince Llywelyn Fawr and his wife Siwan stayed at their home near Llanrwst, Christian worship involved a steep walk to the local church and back. To save her ...

Mar 5, 2015
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Fred Temple, former ostler at the Feathers Hotel in Wrexham, was living a vagabond's life when he learned in 1899 that he had inherited a fortune worth £66m in today's ...

Feb 26, 2015
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Having being the scene of the tragic but ultimately successful Charist protest in 1839, Newport was an obvious place for suffragettes to seek support in ...

Feb 25, 2015
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The success of the 1969 moon landings was partly down to the talents of Tecwyn Roberts, from the tiny Anglesey village of Llanddaniel-fab. He was a flight dynamics ...

Feb 17, 2015
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The Groes Inn, in the Conwy Valley, takes its name from Groesynyd - the cross of St Ynyd. He is traditionally celebrated in Wales on Shrove Tuesday, and ...

Feb 13, 2015
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of several controversial railway closures in Wales. Four Crosses station, in Powys, featured in a Flanders & Swann song lamenting ...

Feb 6, 2015
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The Dean's Library in St Asaph has plenty of space for community activities, thanks to the Very Rev Raymond Renowden's clearout of old books in 1971. He had served ...

Feb 2, 2015
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HistoryPoints is playing a part in making Cardiff a "super-connected city" by providing on-the-spot access to stories associated with dozens of buildings, structures and memorials. Free internet ...

Jan 28, 2015
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When one of the world's most hi-tech ships, owned by New York's Macy family, sank off Harlech in January 1825, red American apples spilled from the hold. Apples were ...

Jan 26, 2015
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Rugby player John Wallace Linton, son of a Newport architect, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his submarine heroics in the Second World War. His son William went ...

Jan 22, 2015
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When model and TV presenter Paula Yates was growing up at the Deganwy Castle Hotel, near Llandudno, she believed her father to be Jess Yates, a local ...

Jan 17, 2015
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The unique box-shaped steam engines of the Glyn Valley Tramway stopped hauling passengers and stone in the Ceiriog Valley in 1935. The track ran so close to the road ...

Jan 16, 2015
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A painting of St George slaying the dragon adorns a wall of Llangattock Lingoed church in Monmouthshire. Some believe it originally symbolised Owain Glyndŵr's defeat ...

Jan 9, 2015
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In stormy weather 150 years ago, a brand new ship belonging to the American Confederate Army sank near Prestatyn. The loss of life on the ship and a lifeboat may ...

Jan 2, 2015
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Drunken women in the streets aren't a modern phenomenon, and in 1877 a policeman had to use a wheelbarrow to take an engine driver's wife to the ...

Dec 24, 2014
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As we enjoy our Christmas feasts, it's worth remembering that many people in Wales came to the brink of starvation in winters past. In January 1752 a mob, mostly of women, forced ...

Dec 21, 2014
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The plum pudding is the heaviest part of any traditional Christmas dinner but few have ever rivalled the 2.5-ton weight of the pudding which brought some festive cheer ...

Dec 20, 2014
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Seventy years ago today, Arthur Banks of Llanddulas was killed after surviving days of torture in Italy. The young man was later awarded the George Cross for refusing to yield ...

Dec 13, 2014
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Directors of the Cambrian Railways company gave a lad called Owens a reward in 1893 for raising the alarm when Barmouth Bridge caught fire. The viaduct ...

Dec 7, 2014
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Bargoed war memorial, in the Rhymney Valley, lists the names of the First and Second World War dead in one combined list. Now you can discover when they died ...

Dec 1, 2014
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War memorials feature strongly in our list of Top 10 HiPoints for November. By Remembrance Sunday, HistoryPoints had featured 100 war memorials across ...

Nov 28, 2014
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It's often said that the Bible's translation into Welsh saved the language from extinction, so the St Asaph memorial to eight men who were involved in ...

Nov 21, 2014
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Seaman Thomas Hughes, who was born 200 years ago, was on his ship in Holyhead when he saw a woman and her niece, aged 3, fall into the dock's deep water. He jumped ...

Nov 17, 2014
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The London & North Western Railway lost 16 of its Abergavenny-area employees in the First World War. We have now added their details to our coverage of the town's ...

Nov 12, 2014
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In 1903 the landlord of the Bull Inn, in the Conwy Valley, was taken to court for harbouring two police constables after closing time. The case was brought by the local superintendent ...

Nov 8, 2014
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Ever wondered where the people named on your local war memorial lived, when they died and how old they were? Now the answers come direct to your mobile as you ...

Nov 4, 2014
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Railway workers were exempt from conscription in the Second World War but in the First World War many enlisted and were wounded or killed. Plaques at Cardiff Central ...

Oct 29, 2014
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The cannons outside Holyhead Maritime Museum were dumped overboard in 1710 by French privateers, who had kidnapped customs officers by ...

Oct 27, 2014
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Dic Aberdaron, whose grave is outside St Asaph parish church, led a nomadic life, accompanied by a cat and many books. "One quarter idiot, three-quarters genius” was ...

Oct 21, 2014
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In its heyday as a port, Swansea had a dozen companies making chronometers and other nautical instruments, including telescopes. The Cousens family ...

Oct 19, 2014
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Elihu Yale's generosity wasn't confined to the American university which carries his name. He also gave several gifts to St Giles' Church, Wrexham, and was buried close to its ...

Oct 13, 2014
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Topsy, one of the world's first ever model railway locomotives to be powered by steam, is proudly displayed in Porthmadog, the town where an engineer used it ...

Oct 5, 2014
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Risca lies in one of the most Anglicised areas of Wales, but in the early 1850s it was impossible for settlers from outside Wales to worship in a chapel where Welsh ...

Sep 28, 2014
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Helen Rowlands, of Menai Bridge, was such a brilliant academic that universities on three continents offered her chairs. She turned them all down to work with poor ...

Sep 22, 2014
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Many people who visit the beautiful Swallow Falls, near Betws-y-coed, want to know the name's origin, but it seems the story about it being mistranslated by English ...

Sep 16, 2014
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As it's 30 years since Tommy Cooper died on stage, literally,  many young people who see his statue in Caerphilly may find our QR codes useful to explain the fez ...

Sep 11, 2014
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110 years ago this month, motoring pioneer Sir William Letts drove an Oldsmobile to the summit of Snowdon in less than 90 minutes. He was also a founding member of the AA ...

Sep 3, 2014
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On this day in 1951, residents of Criccieth were surprised to see a boat belonging to a Bedford school labouring on a choppy sea. The boat capsized at 2pm and no lifeboat ...

Aug 28, 2014
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The miners' memorial in Llanbradach, Caerphilly, commemorates c.165 men who died in many accidents, and in many different ways. Startled pit ponies, falling roofs ...

Aug 21, 2014
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Llangollen hotelier Samuel Johnson had already seen nine of his 17 staff depart on First World War service when he tried, in vain, to get the hotel manager exempted ...

Aug 19, 2014
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When the German freighter Rethi Muller ran aground at Penmaenmawr in 1967, rescuers were probably surprised to find themselves hauling a woman to safety by breeches ...

Aug 17, 2014
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The Swan Hotel in Abergavenny had a grand ballroom until new owners decided to rip out its supporting pillars, with predictable results. Another major change ...

Aug 12, 2014
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It's 21 years since a helicopter, carrying teenage cadets, developed a fault and plunged into the lake at Llanberis, in full view of horrified holidaymakers. Three ...

Aug 10, 2014
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Newsreel of Queen Victoria's funeral was among the clips screened on the opening night of Wrexham's Empire Music Hall. This gave rise later to a claim ...

Aug 4, 2014
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The number of Welsh war memorials where you can get instant access to historical details on your mobile is still growing. More than 80 war memorials ...

Jul 26, 2014
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As the centenary of the start of the First World War approaches, we've delved into the records again to give readers more details of Abergavenny men who died ...

Jul 25, 2014
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Dduallt, Tan-y-Bwlch and Penrhyndeudraeth are a puzzle to many of the people who ride the scenic Ffestiniog Railway each year, but now they can hear how to pronounce ...

Jul 16, 2014
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Under cover of darkness, a German U-boat came right up to the cliffs of the Great Orme during the First World War - not once but on three consecutive nights. The ...

Jul 12, 2014
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Methodists, who disapproved of booze, were delighted when an Aberystwyth pub was replaced with St Paul's Chapel -  the devil had made way for God. Now the ...

Jul 9, 2014
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On Sunday the Radio 4 programme Broadcasting House discussed the paucity of British pubs named after commoners, as opposed to nobility and ...

Jul 2, 2014
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There's a wartime bias to the list of best-read HiPoint pages for June, with the 70th anniversary of D-Day bringing fresh interest in the story of the secret Mulberry harbour ...

Jun 25, 2014
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Thousands of people will have a seaside holiday in Llandudno this summer, but when the first humans arrived the sea was far away. The view from the Little Orme ...

Jun 17, 2014
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It's now 100 years since the 14-chamber Hoffman limekiln at Llanymynech ceased producing lime, but the walls and chimney are still well preserved. The kiln was ...

Jun 13, 2014
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The story of the Welsh National War Memorial is now instantly available on mobile screens to people strolling past the monument in Cathays Park, Cardiff. The ...

Jun 10, 2014
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It's said that Coed y Bleiddiau, near Blaenau Ffestiniog, is where the last wolf in Wales was killed. Now you can see a living "wolf" of a different sort there - made of ...

Jun 5, 2014
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A top Nazi had to concede after the D-Day landings that the Germans' preparations for the onslaught were undermined by "an idea of simple genius", trialled in secret at Conwy ...

Jun 3, 2014
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Seamen came to Swansea in the 19th century from across the globe, and a small church near the South Dock gave them a refuge from toil and danger, regardless ...

Jun 1, 2014
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The submarine Thetis was packed with men when it began a day's testing on 1 June 1939. Various naval officers wanted to see the new technology ...

May 26, 2014
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Families and school parties in Llandudno can now use mobiles to whet children's taste for history and discover some cool facts. The Children's QR Discovery Tour ...

May 20, 2014
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The narrow-gauge train ride from Aberystwyth has delighted countless tourists, but only because earlier schemes to build full-size railways to Devil's Bridge had ...

May 16, 2014
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The appointment of Neath's first policeman didn't go down well with the locals - who eventually dangled him over a bridge parapet until he promised to leave ...

May 7, 2014
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Many people have enjoyed a pleasant cruise on Snowdon Star, the resident cruise boat of Llyn Padarn, Llanberis. But it might never have come to Wales ...

May 2, 2014
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When an airship came to Llandudno in the First World War, the local constabulary had reason to be nervous - of cigarettes. Local residents ...

Apr 28, 2014
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Clergy at St John the Baptist Church, in the centre of Cardiff, are appointed locally these days, but for most of the church's existence the key decisions ...

Apr 24, 2014
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The May 2014 edition of Family Tree magazine contains a four-page article about HistoryPoints, with some sample QR-code labels for readers ...

Apr 21, 2014
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The Porthmadog schooner Owen Morris had spent seven months away from home, crossing the Atlantic twice, when it passed Criccieth in ...

Apr 18, 2014
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A farmer in New Quay, Ceredigion, was so angry when the breathalyser arrived in 1967 that he rode his bull to the pub in protest. The bull went in ...

Apr 14, 2014
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The letters SMP after the name of Harry Holtam on Tonyrefail war memorial would stump many of us, even if we're familiar with regimental initials. By scanning ...

Apr 10, 2014
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Diamond polishing was vital to the war effort in the 1940s, and Colwyn Bay was the perfect place for it - well away from enemy bombers. Gerrit Wins fled from ...

Apr 9, 2014
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More than a century ago, children in Bethesda sang a gleeful song about a 2.5-ton Christmas pudding sent to the families of striking quarrymen by ...

Apr 4, 2014
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The 16th-century Ancaster Square in Llanrwst, Conwy Valley, made its debut in our list of Top 10 HiPoints last month, as did Ye Olde Murenger House in ...

Mar 31, 2014
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Cars and plane tickets are affordable to the masses today, but when the Queen's and Royal Garage in Westgate Street, Cardiff, was built ...

Mar 27, 2014
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A railway carriage beside the Wales Coast Path in Ceredigion has been going nowhere for 83 years. It was built in 1905 as a sleeping car for the ...

Mar 23, 2014
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The sculpted figure of an angel above a door in the old walled town of Caernarfon is dated 1628, but the building itself is centuries ...

Mar 19, 2014
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When two of Colwyn Bay's cinemas were under common ownership, only one projectionist was employed to keep the film reels turning. The Princess Cinema ...

Mar 17, 2014
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The Spinning Jenny was the bee's knees when the Glamorgan Agricultural Society set up its model woollen mill in Bridgend in the ...

Mar 12, 2014
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Residents of Ceredigion have never forgiven Lord Beeching for shutting the railway from Aberystwyth to Lampeter and Carmarthen, but his name ...

Mar 9, 2014
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When the vicar of Llandrillo-yn-Rhos, near Colwyn Bay, rejected farmers' demands for relief from tithes (church taxes), one of his churches was burnt down, troops ...

Mar 5, 2014
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Drinkers at Ye Olde Murenger House who feel bitter about paying tax on booze should spare a thought for Newport's medieval residents, who ...

Mar 1, 2014
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The birthplace of the brothers who wrote the wartime hit Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag was one of the 10 most-often viewed HiPoint pages ...

Feb 26, 2014
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The Hand Hotel in Llangollen gets its name from the red hand on the Myddelton family's crest, said to depict a bloodied hand. But real blood was spilt ...

Feb 23, 2014
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Our recent QR codes in Capel Curig, Snowdonia, were put in place under the watchful gaze of BBC journalist Huw Jenkins, and you can hear ...

Feb 19, 2014
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Today is the anniversary of the start of the three-night blitz of Swansea in 1941. HistoryPoints has researched details of the people, almost 400 in total, who ...

Feb 14, 2014
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Many have asked Dwynwen, patron saint of Welsh lovers, for romantic assistance, but one medieval bard asked her to help him marry someone else's wife. Dafydd ...

Feb 11, 2014
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Epileptics carrying chickens used to beat a path to Llandegla, Denbighshire, when it was thought that the holy well of St Tegla ...

Feb 5, 2014
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Dylan Thomas wrote many of his most important works - including the poem Do Not Go Gentle - while he and his family lived off ...

Feb 1, 2014
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The world's longest place name was the subject of the best-viewed HiPoint page last month, after excellent media coverage of our ...

Jan 26, 2014
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Pink glass is rare in medieval church windows but was sometimes made by mixing gold with urine, two materials at opposite ...

Jan 22, 2014
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Llandegla, on the moors west of Wrexham, may seem an unlikely place for an attempted Nazi invasion but the Crown Hotel's beer ...

Jan 18, 2014
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Today Golate is a respectable side street in Cardiff city centre, but the unusual name stems from its rather whiffy past. There's another clue in ...

Jan 13, 2014
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Children and BBC artists weren't Bangor's only wartime evacuees. More than 500 priceless paintings from the National Gallery in London ...

Jan 8, 2014
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Freshwater West is one of Wales' most beautiful beaches, but in spring 1943 it was littered with the bodies of soldiers and sailors ...

Jan 3, 2014
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The sea defences at Towyn and the remarkable prehistoric trees of Borth Bog were two of the most popular topics for ...
Dec 29, 2013
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St Peblig's Church in Caernarfon is linked to Magnus Maximus' dream of a beautiful woman who lived in an area of mountains ...

Dec 22, 2013
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Accepting an invitation to Christmas dinner at Abergavenny Castle wasn't, in hindsight, the best decision Seisyll ap Dyfnwal made. He ...

Dec 16, 2013
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Timber rots when exposed to water, right? Not if it's at Borth (in Ceredigion) or Rhyl. Near both of those places, the ground ...

Dec 11, 2013
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One of the most fascinating old buildings in the walled town of Caernarfon dates from c.1507 but was almost pulled down in 1995. It took ...

Dec 7, 2013
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Caerleon is a long way from Spain's Basque country, which was just as well when the Basques were being bombed in ...

Dec 6, 2013
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The last man hanged at Ruthin courthouse is thought to be an Irish priest who survived shipwreck off Pembrokeshire in 1678 while ...

Dec 4, 2013
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In case you missed the item about HistoryPoints on BBC Radio Wales' Roy Noble Programme last Sunday, here's a ...
Dec 2, 2013
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The surge of interest in our war memorial coverage around Armistice Day pushed memorials in Rhyl and Neath into November's ...

Nov 28, 2013
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When the Sex Pistols were allowed to play at Caerphilly's Castle Cinema in December 1976, the audience was ...
Nov 27, 2013
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The magnificent castle and town walls in Conwy were built in the 13th century, but where did the large amounts of stone ...

Nov 22, 2013
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The depiction of a fox in flight at the top of the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Rhyl refers to the Duke of Westminster's ...

Nov 20, 2013
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Generations have used Machynlleth's landmark town clock for accurate time, but it was a year late initially. It was planned to mark the coming ...

Nov 17, 2013
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Womanby Street in central Cardiff may sound feminine, but "womanby" has its origins in the Old Norse for houndsman, or ...

Nov 12, 2013
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Timber from Siop Clwyd, Denbigh, has been dated to 1533. The building was erected partly on what was then the market ...

Nov 11, 2013
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Here's an Armistice Day update on our work to improve access to information on war memorials. Details of thousands of people who...

Nov 9, 2013
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The Malcolm Uphill pub in Caerphilly honours a sporting hero whose devotion to motorcycling led to him breaking a key record ...

Nov 6, 2013
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When pirates from Lundy Island spotted St Govan on Pembrokeshire's south coast, their eyes lit up with the 6th century equivalent of ...

Nov 1, 2013
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A quaint Arts & Crafts seaside cottage for a retired sea captain made its debut in our Top 10 last month. Whitefriars ...
Oct 31, 2013
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A Llandudno furniture retailer went to Buckingham Palace in 1945, to collect the Military Cross awarded posthumously to ...

Oct 25, 2013
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The Rialto bridge in Venice was thought to have the longest span in Europe until someone pointed out that Pontypridd's bridge ...

Oct 19, 2013
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The government gave special protection to the thatched roof of the Horse & Jockey pub in Wrexham town centre ...
Oct 9, 2013
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Llanfairfechan, between Bangor and Conwy, has a remarkable collection of buildings in the Arts & Crafts style, most ...
Oct 8, 2013
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Naughty schoolboys in Abergavenny didn't get lines or detention but were placed in a basket and hauled up to the rafters for the rest of ...

Oct 1, 2013
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Gossip about actress Catherine Zeta Jones helped to push our page about The Hancock, her family's local pub in ...
Sep 29, 2013
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The upper windows of the Wales Millennium Centre, spelling out words in Welsh and English, are an iconic feature ...
Sep 27, 2013
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In the year that he won the world snooker championship for the first time, Fred Davis bought an hotel on Llandudno seafront ...

Sep 21, 2013
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One of the last things Clifford Burkett did was write down his memories of Tenby's wartime rescue base for HistoryPoints. He died ...

Sep 20, 2013
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If you're in St Asaph for the North Wales International Musical Festival, be sure to take a smartphone or tablet and ...
Sep 16, 2013
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Cardiff Bay station is the last survivor of the sea of tracks laid in the central docklands area by the Taff Vale Railway ...
Sep 12, 2013
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When Thomas Vowler Short, Bishop of St Asaph, decided to commemorate his late wife, he splashed the cash on a water ...

Sep 8, 2013
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Today Abergavenny is a genteel town, but our new "Law and Disorder" QR tour lifts the lid on its turbulent past ...
Sep 5, 2013
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Walkers on the coast path west of Angle, Pembrokeshire, pass a ruined wall on a clifftop. Many may not realise ...
Sep 2, 2013
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Our web page about the 1947 Mumbles lifeboat memorial at Sker Point was our most-read HiPoint page last ...
Aug 28, 2013
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Prestatyn's original railway station building, superseded in 1897, was derelict for many years but has now been carefully restored ...

Aug 25, 2013
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Ginkgo biloba is an ancient tree species which grows in China, and one of the best places to see it in Britain is Bute ...
Aug 22, 2013
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Historic paintings adorn the interior of the Institute Building in Caernarfon, but the public rarely gets to see them. Now anyone can scan ...

Aug 17, 2013
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Ceredigion residents are stereotyped as misers, but when a collection was held in Aberystwyth in 1861 for the ...
Aug 13, 2013
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American boxer Joe Louis was world heavyweight champion when the Second World War began. He enlisted and ...
Aug 6, 2013
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If you've walked along the Wales Coast Path at Sker Point, Bridgend, you probably didn't realise there's a memorial ...
Aug 3, 2013
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The tiny, remote church at Pistyll,on the Llŷn Peninsula, was our most-read HiPoint last month, partly because of Prince Charles' visit early in ...

Jul 28, 2013
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After the popularity of our web page about the site of Henry Tudor's landing in Pembrokeshire, the birthplace of the ...
Jul 26, 2013
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One of the most popular radio shows of the 1940s, It's That Man Again, was broadcast in wartime from Penrhyn ...
Jul 24, 2013
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It's said that a local woman let Owain Glyndŵr's rebel army into Abergavenny through a postern gate in the ...
Jul 20, 2013
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Wilf Wooller, who excelled at rugby, cricket, squash and soccer, got a foot on the sporting ladder at Cambridge ...
Jul 15, 2013
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The Royal Arcade in Cardiff was the first of the city's full-scale shopping arcades - built so early that slum housing ...
Jul 14, 2013
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A market hall topped by a clock and gilt eagle was a feature of Ancaster Square, Llanrwst, until the 1960s, when ...
Jul 9, 2013
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Diamonds weren't forever in Bangor, only for the Second World War - when a diamond polishing factory was ...
Jul 7, 2013
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Plans to build a barrage in Cardiff Bay were criticised because the impounded water would permanently cover ...
Jul 3, 2013
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A visit by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall explains why our web page about a tiny rural church ...
Jul 1, 2013
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Cardiff accounted for half of our Top 10 HiPoint pages last month, but the Marble Church in Denbighshire, at the opposite end of Wales, took ...

Jun 27, 2013
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The Art Deco interior of the White Hart Inn at Machen, Caerphilly, is surprisingly opulent for a country pub. The ...
Jun 25, 2013
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Many people board trains at Llanberis, for the ride up Snowdon or around the lake, but the original station takes ...
Jun 20, 2013
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When the first Welsh-medium secondary school was established in Rhyl in 1956, it soon outgrew its space ...
Jun 18, 2013
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The sight of a preserved bear in the window of a tobacconist's shop in Cardiff's Wyndham Arcade stops many ...
Jun 14, 2013
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Our page on the dramatic rescue commemorated by the anchor near Conwy quay has been viewed hundreds ...
Jun 11, 2013
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The former armoury at Brecon Barracks, dating back to 1805, now houses a Zulu War room where you can learn ...
Jun 9, 2013
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The water mill at St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire, existed in the 1640s and may have been founded much earlier ...
Jun 6, 2013
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Near the Wales Coast Path above Penmaenmawr is a rocky scar where an American bomber, named Bachelor's Baby...

Jun 4, 2013
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The park outside Cardiff Castle has a fascinating history, which you can now read in concise texts as you stroll ...
Jun 3, 2013
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The dramatic war memorial at Aberystwyth heads our list of the HiPoint pages which were viewed most often in ...
Jun 1, 2013
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Adrian Hughes, one of our most avid contributors, has won a Welsh Government prize for his research on the ...
May 30, 2013
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The story of Henry Tudor's landing at Mill Bay in 1485 was too good for us to resist. We knew connecting to the internet by mobile phone ...

May 29, 2013
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When Cardiff and Newport assembled women's rugby teams for a match in 1917, the Cardiff Arms Park changing rooms were ...
May 25, 2013
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Pont Trefechan, where the Wales Coast Path crosses the Rheidol in Aberystwyth, was blocked to traffic 50 years ...
May 22, 2013
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It's hard to imagine any sort of ship at Porthmadog today, but in bygone times the harbour was thronged with ...
May 19, 2013
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The beautiful Marble Church in Bodelwyddan, West Lodge in Cardiff's Bute Park and the ancient Discoed yew ...
May 15, 2013
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Seventy years ago, a Llandudno airman received a medal after bringing a crippled RAF bomber from Italy to England ...
May 9, 2013
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If you've ever visited Cardiff, you'll know about the Animal Wall outside the castle, but do you know what each ...
May 7, 2013
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Near Welshpool, the Offa's Dyke Path passes the Leighton estate, where the Leyland cypress originated by chance  ...
May 4, 2013
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Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza wlil attract crowds to the Queen of Welsh Resorts this weekend, and we've created a QR tour ...

May 1, 2013
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St Davids lifeboat station is one of the most picturesque in Britain, but the area it covers includes unusually  ...
Apr 25, 2013
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Chinese visitors to Conwy can now discover the town's spooky side with the Mandarin version of our Conwy Ghosts & Legends tour. The ...

Apr 18, 2013
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The great tower of St Giles' Church, Wrexham, is still an imposing landmark today, but as it's nearly 500 years old ...

Apr 15, 2013
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Mill Bay in Pembrokeshire is a secluded spot - which is why Henry Tudor landed there in 1485 with a small but ...
Apr 12, 2013
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The border town of Llanymynech is about as far as you can get in Wales from the sea, so the Dolphin Inn is an odd ...
Apr 5, 2013
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Garth Pier, Bangor, is one of Britain’s most unspoilt Victorian piers, but in the 1970s it was scheduled for …

Apr 2, 2013
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Abergwili, near Carmarthen, was an odd place for the Bishop of St Davids to reside, being so far from St Davids …

Apr 1, 2013
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An American fund-raising campaign in the Second World War enabled members of the Women’s Land …

Mar 28, 2013
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The Senedd in Cardiff Bay is more than a striking modern building – it’s the embodiment of decades of …

Mar 28, 2013
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The Racecourse stadium is best known as the home of Wrexham FC, but it’s also the world’s oldest …

Mar 22, 2013
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The Three Tuns Inn in Chepstow looks steeped in history, and that’s before you see the ancient faggot oven …

Mar 19, 2013
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Every pub has its pumps but the original one at Swansea's Pumphouse bar towered above the Waterfront. It provided ...
Mar 12, 2013
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We're used to public building projects suffering legal wrangles and delays, but that's not new. In 1894 a town hall ...
Mar 8, 2013
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The great architect Sir George Gilbert Scott envisaged a majestic tower for St Deiniol's Cathedral, Britain's oldest ...
Mar 1, 2013
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Kenfig Castle isn't one of the Welsh castles you'll see on posters and tea towels - because it's buried by sand dunes. It ...
Feb 24, 2013
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The Inland Revenue, MI5, the Royal Artillery, Women's Land Army, US Army and Home Guard are just some of ...
Feb 21, 2013
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Votes for all men, secret ballots and salaries for MPs are taken for granted today, but at least 22 people were shot dead ...
Feb 19, 2013
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The UK's first theatre built specially for children has shaped the future of a Hollywood director, university professors ...
Feb 16, 2013
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Millions of people have seen the white goat mascot on TV before Welsh rugby internationals, but why a goat? The ...
Feb 8, 2013
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When southerners decided in 1876 that Wales' new national football team should play rugby, soccer-playing lawyer ...
Feb 6, 2013
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Walkers have school pupils to thank for easy rail access to the Wales Coast Path in north Pembrokeshire. The ...
Feb 3, 2013
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The RAF's insignia doesn't sport an eagle, Llandudno resident Charles Pepper insisted. He should have known ...
Jan 31, 2013
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Five drinkers at the Three Tuns, Hay-on-Wye, in 1963 looked strangely familiar. That's because they were on the run ...
Jan 29, 2013
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When he wasn't saving quarrymen's lives, surgeon Robert Mills-Roberts was making saves on the football field ...
Jan 25, 2013
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The racing car Babs, once holder of the world land-speed record, is the centrepiece of the Museum of Speed ...
Jan 24, 2013
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It's not hard to work out why the King's Arms in Abergavenny is so named. A giant King Charles II coat of arms still ...
Jan 19, 2013
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The centre of a yew in Llangernyw was an ideal place for an oil tank, until experts said the tree was 4,000 years ...
Jan 15, 2013
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Not many places in Wales have resounded to live music by The Beatles, Status Quo and the Rolling Stones ...
Jan 12, 2013
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Abergavenny's Pot & Pineapple shop seems to be in an ordinary building, but in the 17th century its owner took ...
Jan 8, 2013
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Legendary engineer IK Brunel didn't do things in half measures. When he decided that Neyland should be the ...
Jan 5, 2013
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The Ship on Launch may seem an odd name for a pub near Cardiff Arms Park, a long way from the docks. But ...
Jan 4, 2013
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Britain's smallest house is one of our most famous HiPoints, but we've also put QR codes at the smallest church ...
Jan 3, 2013
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Boat-owners have enjoyed mooring in Swansea Marina for the past 31 years, but not all may realise the facility ...
Jan 3, 2013
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2013 got off to a flying start for HistoryPoints with international media coverage yesterday. Our thanks to everyone ...
Dec 30, 2012
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Whenever Lady Erskine took the train to Chester from the new Colwyn railway station, everyone aboard had to wait ...
Dec 23, 2012
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The offices of the Barry Dock Railway were designed to broadcast the success of Britain's largest integrated ...
Dec 17, 2012
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The grave of actor Rupert Davies, best known for playing the detective Maigret on TV, is in a secluded ...
Dec 12, 2012
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Sir Anthony Hopkins is one of Hollywood's greatest stars, but in 1955 he was just a teenager at a loose end ...
Dec 8, 2012
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Never mind the era of vinyl - wax phonograph cylinders were the order of the day when Spillers Records ...
Dec 3, 2012
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Fishermen in Monmouthshire are keeping alive the ancient tradition of catching fish with lave nets, shaped ...

Nov 26, 2012
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Many abbey churches became parish churches after monastery dissolution in 1536, but the monks of Aberconwy ...
Nov 19, 2012
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The rural setting of St Margaret's Church, Bodelwyddan, isn't where you'd expect to find more than 80 war graves ...
Nov 12, 2012
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We've previously featured many bridges on HistoryPoints, but none as big as the Severn Bridge. As well as being ...
Nov 9, 2012
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The memorial to "Ted yr Ogof" on Llandudno promenade means little to the crowds of visitors who pass, but now ...
Nov 4, 2012
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Emma Hamilton, wife of Milford Haven's founder, had already borne Lord Nelson's child when the naval hero ...
Oct 30, 2012
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Visitors to the official Wales Coast Path website are being informed about the HistoryPoints QR codes which ...
Oct 24, 2012
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Each of the 31 lifeboat stations in Wales has its history of courage, and sometimes tragedy, and now anyone ...
Oct 21, 2012
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One of the fascinating memorials at St Mary's Priory Church, Chepstow, is an effigy of Elizabeth Browne, who was ...
Oct 18, 2012
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There's no memorial in Moelfre, Anglesey, to the 99 men who died when the new submarine HMS Thetis ...
Oct 11, 2012
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The church where children's author Roald Dahl was christened had fallen into disrepair when a trust ...
Sep 30, 2012
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The tiny steam trains of the Fairbourne Railway wouldn't be there were it not for the McDougall flour ...
Sep 23, 2012
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The Lletty Hotel in Mostyn was once renowned for the honesty of the Englishman who built it then vanished ...
Sep 16, 2012
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The Titanic disaster was fresh in everyone's minds when Y Gestiana started its maiden voyage over the ...
Sep 9, 2012
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If you're planning to cycle long-distance in Wales, don't forget your smartphone because our new QR tours ...
Aug 31, 2012
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French-speaking visitors to Wales can now read 100 HistoryPoints pages in French, thanks to the ...

Aug 30, 2012
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Follow our new "Dig for Victory" QR tour around Colwyn Bay and you'll discover how Britain's entire food ...
Aug 23, 2012
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The black poplar is among Britain's rarest native trees, and St Asaph has one of the biggest groups. Once the ...
Aug 18, 2012
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The only way to get the devil out of St Mary Magdalen's church was to get a pretty young woman to ...
Aug 14, 2012
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On Sunday evenings you can buy food at the Co-op in Rhos-on-Sea, but in the 1930s silent movies were filmed ...
Aug 11, 2012
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The names of the people from the Betws area who died in the world wars are hidden from the sight of the ...
Aug 7, 2012
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Caernarfon's Anglesey Arms is haunted, say people who have stayed the night. No surprise there, because ...
Aug 5, 2012
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Wildlife experts were astonished in 2001 when a greater horseshoe bat was found in an old mine ...
Aug 1, 2012
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The chip shop on Beach Road, Bangor, is the birthplace of a noted composer of rousing Welsh hymns ...
Jul 26, 2012
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... was all in a day's work for Walter Beaumont, who held world records and performed stunts in a glass ...
Jul 20, 2012
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One of 1909's most sensational news stories, in Britain and New York, started with a luxury car teetering ...
Jul 15, 2012
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You can't miss the Duke of Lancaster if you walk the Flintshire section of the Wales Coast Path. It's a ...
Jul 11, 2012
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When two enterprising brothers built Llandudno's first multi-storey car park in the 1930s, they overlooked that ...
Jul 7, 2012
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Every summer Gronant dunes, near Prestatyn, are home to one of Britain's biggest breeding colonies of ...
Jul 2, 2012
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It's comforting to know the RAF will airlift us from the mountains if we get into big trouble, and it all started ...
Jun 27, 2012
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Long before dodgems were invented, quarrymen used to travel to work on contraptions called ...
Jun 23, 2012
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Even today it's commonly assumed that Llanrwst's almshouses were built by the major local ...
Jun 19, 2012
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Today it looks like an ordinary house, but in the 1950s Penholm was a thriving doll factory which ...
Jun 14, 2012
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The Cosy Cinema in Colwyn Bay was so small and cosy that the secretary in the architect's office above ...
Jun 10, 2012
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The view of Snowdon and its neighbours from the A5 near Plas y Brenin is one of the most ...
Jun 6, 2012
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The fine old bridge at Llanrwst has long been known as the swearing bridge because ...
Jun 1, 2012
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Climbers always want to go higher, so it's not surprising that the first men to reach the summit of Everest ...
May 31, 2012
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Llandudno can take the credit or the blame for Margaret Thatcher deciding to enter politics. She was ...
May 27, 2012
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Today's frequent Conwy river cruises never run out of space for passengers, but in the heyday ...
May 22, 2012
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We apologise for the late arrival of QR barcodes at Penmaen Head, but the shipwreck in April ...
May 20, 2012
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Concrete walls don't usually merit a HistoryPoints plaque, but the one behind Knightly's Fun Park ...
May 17, 2012
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All the information on our popular Ghosts & Legends Tour of Conwy is now available in French, thanks ...
May 15, 2012
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The HMV shop in Llandudno's Mostyn Street sells all kinds of recorded music, but when this building was new ...
May 13, 2012
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The Great Orme tramcars have been ferrying people to the summit for over a century. Now passengers ...
May 9, 2012
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When female artists weren't allowed in to Wales' main art institution, they hit back by opening their own ...
May 4, 2012
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The pioneering Wales Coast Path officially opens tomorrow, and we've arranged QR codes at 37 ...
May 2, 2012
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Britain is welcoming growing numbers of Chinese visitors, and now we're doing our bit to ...
Apr 25, 2012
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The shipwreck near Llanddulas this month was unusual, but at one time there were so many wrecks along ...
Apr 14, 2012
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History books about Conwy will tell you the former Black Lion Inn was built in 1589, as it says over the door. But ...
Apr 9, 2012
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The historic community orchard in Conwy is our first HiPoint where information is available in Russian. Thanks ...
Apr 4, 2012
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Deganwy-born Harold Lowe was an officer on RMS Titanic when the liner sank 100 years ago. Afterwards he was ...
Mar 30, 2012
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The painter JMW Turner painted Conwy Castle from the west c.1800. Now you can download his painting ...
Mar 28, 2012
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Conwy's cenotaph has never displayed the names of the local war dead, but now a HistoryPoints ...
Mar 22, 2012
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Pen yr Helgi Du and Pen Llithrig y Wrach aren't the easiest mountain names to pronounce, unless ...
Mar 12, 2012
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Ghost experts warned the occupants of Conwy's Compton House never to open ...
Mar 2, 2012
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Today the old banana warehouse in Llandudno Junction is full of antiques, but in the olden days scary spiders were...
Feb 22, 2012
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HiPoints normally relate to the last few centuries, but now we've added one for a site that dates back 450 million ...
Feb 16, 2012
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The Celtic Manor, near Newport, was in the international spotlight when it hosted the last Ryder Cup ...
Feb 7, 2012
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They do in Llandudno Junction, and have been ...
Feb 5, 2012
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We all like the smell of vanilla, but it's not such a pleasant aroma ...
Feb 1, 2012
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We're now online in two languages. Information about the RCA art gallery in Conwy is now available in Welsh as well as English. We hope to add other languages for selected HiPoints in the future. In some cases, the information will be tailored to people who read in that language. The next bit is in Welsh, by the way: Pe hoffech ddarllen yn y Gymraeg, cliciwch lle gwelwch:link to Welsh translation

Jan 31, 2012
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At HistoryPoints.org we're used to dealing with facts from the distant past, but here we have a rare chance to record an event that happened today. The Albion pub, missed by some Conwy residents after it closed in 2010, reopened today, with its original 1920s features restored to their original appearance by a unique group of four breweries. We're raising a glass by adding The Albion to our HiPoints in Conwy.
Jan 30, 2012
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We've now launched the HistoryPoints website. Thanks to the guys at the RCA art gallery, Ye Olde Mail Coach, the Malt Loaf and other venues who took part in our test this month.