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Haunted houses of Wales: where you're most likely to spot spooks
After the tragic tale of a servant’s suicide emerged this week (August 2011) with a hoax picture of a ghost outside the historic Llanelly House, Sion Morgan revisits some of Wales’ supposedly haunted buildings.
(read more at walesonline.co.uk)...
Llanelli's 'forgotten' riot - 100 years ago
A week after rioting in cities in England brought headlines around the world (6th - 10th August, 2011), the story of a largely forgotten outbreak of disorder exactly 100 years ago is being retold.
(read more at bbc.co.uk)...
Britain's first drink-drive warning - 170 years ago
The world's earliest-known monument to the perils of drink-driving is set to receive its first face-lift in 80 years, Llandovery town councillors have been told.
(read more at southwalesguardian.co.uk)...
Henllan Prisoner of War Camp
The Henllan Bridge Farm Prisoner of War Camp in Henllan was built between 1940 and 1941 to house prisoners of war, it held Italian prisoners from 1943 - 1946 and later German prisoners from 1946 - 1947.
Hollywood actor Gareth Hughes (1894-1965)
Llanelli-born Gareth Hughes was the most successful Welsh actor in Hollywood in the silent era, but he is sadly all but forgotten in his native country - despite playing juvenile and adult leads in an impressive number of fairly low budget features.
(read more at bbc.co.uk) or (desertpadre.co.uk)
Mynydd Llangyndeyrn Mountain
Mynydd Llangyndeyrn (Mountain) appears to have been a centre for ritual and funerary activity from at least the Neolithic period (around 3000BC) to the late Bronze age (around 1000BC) and possibly later.
Rabies in the Amman Valley
A chapel in the Amman Valley known as Hen Fethel (Old Bethel) has in its graveyard a fascinating gravestone. It is the grave of a local man named Thomas Bowen who died on 28th May 1902, aged 63. Local folklore maintains that he was smothered to death between two mattresses by the local doctor, a Dr. Hywel Rees of Tirbach in Garnant, supposedly with permission and licence from the Home Office.
(read more at ic24.net)...
"Sin Eating" in the Amman Valley
According to an article recounted in the Carmarthen Historian, by Huw Walters, an eminent local historian, the Amman Valley was the scene of the little known practice of "Sin Eating".
(read more at carmarthenshirehistorian.org)...
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