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Interpretation Board of Castle Myddfai

The Heritage Hiker’s Guide to Myddfai

Where is Myddfai? Myddfai is a small village located near Llandovery in Carmarthenshire. The area is steeped in prehistory, with burial cairns and barrows showing signs of Bronze Age activity in the surrounding landscape. To the south west of Myddfai a hoard of eight late Bronze Age socketed axes has been recorded. Myddfai is recorded as […]

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Entrance to Royal Mint Visitor Center

The Heritage Hiker’s Guide to the Royal Mint. History in the Making. Coins

What are Coins? Coins are usually flat pieces of metal which have been officially stamped to be used as currency in exchange for goods and services. A Brief History of Coins. The notion of person-to-person trading begins very early on in the human story where it is easy to see how early tools may have

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Large Lake

The Heritage Hiker’s Guide to Walking Back to Happiness.

Mid 2020 – The Year that Wasn’t. I was told my project role with the National Trust would be ending. I am not alone, many people suffered job losses from the economic impact of the Covid-19 epidemic. It made no difference that I was a highly rated employee, sometimes life just hands you those blows.

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Remains of stone building at Newcastle, Bridgend

Heritage Hiker’s Guide to… Castle Sites to Visit for Free in Bridgend County

Overview This short guide outlines the castle sites to visit for free in Bridgend County. It can be hard to find places to go and things to do but castle hunting is definitely a favorite. Even better if you can find something new near home or a place to put on the list for a

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The Heritage Hiker’s Guide to Lower Machen

History of Lower Machen Lower Machen (Machen Isaf) is a small hamlet between Newport and Caerphilly, in the county of Gwent.  A place often overlooked by those driving along the A468 to and from their destination. This small hamlet is a designated conservation area (1976). The heritage listings are mostly linked to the bigger story

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Mop Fair Tewksbury

The Heritage Hiker’s Guide to Tewkesbury

Where is Tewkesbury? Tewkesbury is an historic riverside town in Gloucestershire, England. The town is known for its Abbey, Medieval streets and yearly ‘Mop Fair’. The town oozes history and there are plenty of plaques to accompany a walk around the town. Spots to stop include the Town Hall and Cross House. Town Hall The

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View overlooking Pontypool

The Heritage Hikers Guide to Pontypool. History in the Making. Japanware

What is Japanware? Japanware is modelled on the look of varnished and lacquered decorative arts from the Far East. In the beginning of the 17th century the first attempts were made to imitate imported Oriental decorative objects. The look became extremely popular in the 18th century following the ‘Age of Discovery’ and the opening up

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