Hidden Histories: Discovering the Heritage of Wales (eBook)

Hidden Histories: Discovering the Heritage of Wales (eBook)

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This title is now out of print, but is available as an eBook.

Hidden Histories shows how the heritage of Wales has been rediscovered and understood during a century of investigation. One hundred picture essays, supported by concise introductions to each era, illustrate sites, buildings and monuments that reflect the story of Wales from prehistory to the present. This beautiful book will be an informative companion for anyone interested in the life and heritage of Wales, whether living in Wales, visiting it or admiring it from afar.

Hidden Histories is accompanied by a five-part BBC television series of the same title, following the experts of the Royal Commission as they reveal new interpretations of the heritage of Wales, to be broadcast on BBC2 Wales from November 2008.


  • Forward by Huw Edwards
  • A Great Welsh Chapel: Capel Als, Llanelli

Introduction: Hidden Histories

One Hundred Years of Investigation

The Early Inventories
The Pen Llystyn Excavations
Houses of the Welsh Countryside
The Glamorgan Inventories

The Prehistory of Wales

  • Paviland Cave and the Ice Age Hunters
  • After the Ice Age
  • Banc Du: The Causewayed Enclosure of Wales
  • Neolithic Chambered Tombs
  • Neolithic Henge Monuments: Llandegai
  • Carn Meini and the Preseli Bluestones
  • Neolithic Manufacture: The Mynydd Rhiw Axe Factory
  • Great Neolithic Enclosures: The Walton Basin
  • The Stone Circles of Wales
  • The Origins of Hillforts

Iron Age and Roman Wales

  • Surveying Iron Age Hillforts: Gaer Fawr
  • Interpreting Iron Age Wales: Hen Gaer
  • Tre’r Ceiri and the Stone Forts of Llyn
  • Lost Defended Enclosures
  • Surviving Landscapes of the Prehistoric Farmers: Cros-y-gedol
  • The Roman Army on Campaign
  • Advances in Roman Military Studies: Tomen-y-mur
  • Roman Roads
  • Villas: Llantwit Major
  • Roman Towns

Early Medieval Wales

  • Early Inscriptions and their Language
  • An Early Medieval Settlement: Gateholm Island
  • Recording Early Medieval Inscribed Stones
  • Early Medieval Sculpture
  • Defence against the Vikings: Llanbedrgoch
  • The Mysterious Dykes of Early Medieval Wales
  • A Royal Site: Llan-gors Crannog
  • Later Inscriptions and the Use of Languages
  • Commemorating a King: The Pillar of Eliseg
  • Discovering Early Medieval Religious Sites

The Middle Ages

  • The Humane Landscape
  • Castles and Courts
  • Later Castles and Residences
  • Religious Life and Churches
  • Monks and Pilgrims
  • Towns
  • Sea and Coast
  • Houses and Homes: Ty-draw
  • The Worlds of Work and Leisure
  • Commemoration and the Arts

Early Modern Wales

  • A Welsh Longhouse: Nannerth-ganol
  • Royal House, Machynlleth
  • Hidden Architectural Detail in Denbigh
  • Post-Medieval Church Wall Paintings
  • Dr John Davies of Mallwyd and his Tower
  • Marsh House: A Fortified Warehouse
  • Newton House, Llandeilo
  • ‘Painted Tapestries’: Discoveries at Ciliau
  • Maesyronnen Chapel, Glasbury
  • The Corbelled Pigsty: ‘A Palace for Swine’

The First Industrial Nation

  • Uncovering a Swansea Copperworks
  • Industrial Transport: The Swansea Canal and its Railways
  • An Engineering Masterpiece: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
  • A Royal Dockyard and New Town: Pembroke Dock
  • The Age of Improvement
  • The Iron Towns: Blaenavon
  • Depopulation in thr Uplands: Penblaenmilo
  • Marine Transport
  • Protecting the Shipping Lanes: Lighthouses
  • Picturesque Wales and the Early Tourists: Hafod

Victorian Society

  • The Victorian Cottage
  • Welfare and the Workhouse: Albro Castle
  • Victorian Schools
  • The Slate Industry
  • Victorian Churches
  • Nonconformist Chapels
  • Leighton Park Farm
  • William Burges and High Victorian Architecture
  • The Short Heyday of the Victorian Mansion
  • The Rise of Mass Tourism

Early Twentieth-Century Wales

  • National Institutions
  • Official Buildings: The PSA Collection
  • Water for Birmingham: The Elan Valley Water Scheme
  • A North Wales Architect: The Herbert L. North Collection
  • The Garden Village Movement
  • The Experience of War: Penally Practice Trenches
  • Remembering the Great War
  • Coal’s Heyday: Taff Merthyr Colliery
  • Modernisation in the Countryside:Pont Llanio Milk Factory
  • Defence from Invasion in the Second World War

Post-war Wales

  • Modernism: The Dunlop Semtex Factory
  • Post-war Housing: The Newport Prefabs
  • The Decline of Cottage Life: A letter from Kate Roberts to Peter Smith
  • The Decline of the Railways: The Rokeby Collection
  • Clough Williams-Ellis and Post-1915 Poertmeirion
  • Award-winning Houses: 1-6 Little Orchard
  • Architecture for Wales: Plas Menai
  • Closing the Asylums
  • Survivors: The Gee Printing Works
  • Eco Housing

Into the Future

  • Major Construction Projects: The Millennium Stadium
  • Dating the Work of the Master Carpenter: Old Impton
  • Buildings at Risk: Prestatyn Holiday Camp
  • Pointing to the Future: Digital Technologies
  • Uncertain Heritage: The Search for Battle Sites
  • Royal Commissioners, 1908-2008
  • Further Reading
  • Principal Publications by the Royal Commission, 1911-2008
  • List of Contributors
  • Acknowledgements
  • Map of Historic Counties
  • Index


  • Author: A.P. Wakelin (Editor), R.A. Griffiths, 2008
  • Pages: 328
  • Illustrations: 500
  • ISBN: 978-1871184358