Wednesday, January 30, 2008
An excellent book for anyone who is interested in the history of Cardiff is River out of Eden by Jack Jones. Its out of print now but Abebooks is a wonderful site for finding out of print and old books. Over the years I have had at least 3 copies of this book and lent them out only never to get them back. I have managed to find another copy, so I wont go down that road again.
River out of Eden is probably one of the best books ever written about Cardiff during the 19th century. More fact than fiction it tells the story of the Regan family, Dan an Irish navvy working on Cardiff 's first dock, his wife Letty and their headstrong son "Taffy" Regan.
Dan's burning ambitions and his rise to power set amidst the background of Cardiff and it's surrounding areas presents to the reader a wealth of information and an enjoyable journey back into the past. as been described as one of the best books that describes the rise of Cardiff as a City. The characters are fictional, but the facts are real. A great story and an interesting way to learn the history of Cardiff.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
As the weather was good on Saturday four of us went for a cycle ride,........... and I forgot to take my camera. So I have used the images from the website below.
The following information regarding the history of the castle is taken with permission from the Ruperra Conservation Trust web site.
Ruperra Castle was built in 1626 by Sir Thomas Morgan, who was knighted by King James 1st. It was a typical Jacobean courtier’s house, an example of the ‘Great Rebuilding’ of the 16th and 17th Centuries. King Charles 1st stayed there in 1645 raising support after the Battle of Naseby. A deer park was recorded in 1684 when the Duke of Beaufort feasted there and there were viewing points through the trees and beautiful grassed rides up to the summer house where the family took tea at this time.
After being destroyed by fire in 1785 the castle was rebuilt and the original gables replaced by battlements. In 1875 Captain Godfrey Charles Morgan, of the Charge of the Light Brigade fame became Lord Tredegar and during the 19th Century the eldest son of the Tredegar family lived at Ruperra which saw its heyday as a great Victorian country estate with historic gardens and parklands. In the 1920s many repairs were done but then Tredegar fortunes declined. In 1941 the Castle was once again destroyed by fire when British troops were billeted there. After the War the estate was sold as a farm. The castle has stood, a ‘romantic ruin’ overgrown with vegetation and deteriorating for over 50 years.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
The award rules say: "Give the award to at least 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel good. I have just listed the blogs that I read daily, so thank you all for your posts. I usually read your blogs with my coffee just before I leave for work."
Alice -Whose blog always makes me want to go back to cycle Brittany again.
Annie -Thank you for showing me around Little Rock.
Kat -Who leads an amazingly hectic life and is the Queen of multi tasking.
Anita - for being a great pen friend and who first introduced me to Blogging.
Meredic - a fellow cyclist and who has a great way with words.
Lori -for showing me more of the Big Apple than I would ever see on a trip there.
Wanda -for your sincerity.
Jayne - a gifted and a very comical writer.
Sandy - who doesn't post as often as I would like.
Sheldon Brown - who is not well at the moment, and can only be described as a genius with bicycles. His web site is certainly a must visit, not only for cyclists, as its worth reading about all the things Sheldon has done.
Marion - I'm really looking forward to reading about the move further north .
Merry - who is about to start a new and exciting chapter in her life.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Saturday, January 05, 2008
John Batchelor was born in Newport but moved to Cardiff during the 1840s where he established a business as a timber merchant in West Bute Dock. He played an active role in the public and political life of Cardiff, serving as Liberal councillor and mayor of Cardiff for a period. In 1869 he was elected President of the Cardiff Liberal Association. He also involved in the religious and educational life of Cardiff. During this period, Batchelor found himself in conflict with the powerful Bute family (supporters of the Tory party), and was a constant thorn in their side. Indeed, many of his supporters believed that the collapse of his shipbuilding business was as the result of a conspiracy by the Bute estate. Following his death in 1883, a subscription fund was opened to establish a memorial in his honour. However, the statue evoked strong emotions in Cardiff and the 'Western Mail' newspaper, a staunch supporter of the Bute family, printed a mock epitaph written by his political rivals. A petition was also drawn up, signed by 1200 people, calling for the removal of the statue.