Monthly Archives: August 2018

Cardiff Railway Co.

The Marquis of Bute bought the Glamorganshire and Aberdare Canals in 1885, in order to close them both and build a railway to crush the Taff Valley Railway’s near monopoly of the railways and their transportation of coal to Cardiff. … Continue reading

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The Barry Graveyard

If you mention the name Woodham Bros in the railway world, then more than likely it would be associated with the locomotive graveyard in Barry. But the company actually started in 1892 as Woodham & Sons buying rope, wood and … Continue reading

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Porth y Nant, North Wales

When I was a child attending Bryntaf, a Welsh speaking primary school in Cardiff, I learnt about one of Wales’ most tragic and famous love stories, the story of Rhys and Meinir. Rhys and Meinir lived and grew up together … Continue reading

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TS King George V

TS King George V was a pioneering Clyde passenger turbine steamer, built in 1926 by William Denny & Brothers, specialists in cross-channel steamships, for the Turbine Steamers Ltd. She was a popular boat, with services to Inveraray and Oban, where … Continue reading

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Billybanks – a 1960s experiment for modern social housing

Over the years a lot of negative things have been said about the large ex-council estate called Billybanks that stood in Penarth. In it’s final years it had even been called the ugliest eyesore in Wales. By then it wasn’t … Continue reading

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