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Wales - Cymru and the Welsh

Y ddraig goch - The Red Dragon

Y Ddraig Goch or "The Red Dragon",
one of the principal emblems of Wales



Croeso i Gymru

Croeso mawr i rhan Cymraeg a Chymreig y Rhwydwaith Trefi a Phentrefi Prydeinig. Yma, mi ddewch o hyd dolennau i wefannau cynghorau tref, bwrdeistref a phob sir.

Rydym ati hefyd yn bresennol o ychwanegu dolennau i wefannau Cynghorau Plwyf a Chymuned. Lle dydym ddim wedi llwyddo i ddarganfod dolen i'r wefan swyddogol perthnasol, lle posib, rydym wedi ychwanegu y dolen gorau annibynol yr allem dod o hyd iddo. Gobeithio eich bod yn assesu y wefan hon fel un ddiddorol a llawn gwybodaeth. Os oes gennych awgrymiad neu ryw dref neu wefan ein bod wedi'i cholli, cysylltwch a ni drwy ddefnyddio e-bost. Diolch yn fawr iawn i chi a chroeso mawr i Gymru, Gwlad y Gan.

Welcome to Wales

Welcome to the Welsh section of the British Towns and Villages Network. Here you will find links to the County, Borough, District and Towns Council Web Sites in Wales.

We are also in the process of adding links right down to Parishes and Community Councils. Where we have been unable to locate a link to an official site we have may have added a link to the best of the "domestic" sites we can find. We hope you find this site useful and informative. If you have any suggestions, or perhaps a "town" site you think we have missed out, then send us an email. Many thanks - Welcome to Wales

The main function of this page is to allow you to select a Unitary Authority region of Wales to access more detailed information about the communities within each of the Welsh Unitary Authorities. This can be achieved by either clicking on an area of map of Wales above or by making a selection from the list of Welsh Unitary Authorities in the right hand column menu.

There are short cuts at the top of the left hand column menu to more specific Welsh information such as the Welsh National Traffic Camera system and Road Traffic Information, Welsh Tourist Attritions, Events in Wales, a physical map of Wales and other major websites about Wales. From the lower left hand column menu you can view Wales through its country borough structure or if you know where you wish to go you can use the lists of Welsh Cities or the Welsh Towns and Communities and go directly to the local level information.

Latest News from around Wales

BBC News - Wales Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:27:55 GMT

The latest stories from the Wales section of the BBC News web site.

News Items

Lover's fake will conviction quashed

A dead estate agent's girlfriend found guilty of using a forged will to stop his estranged wife inheriting his £3m fortune has her conviction quashed.

Jogger resuscitated river woman

A doctor out jogging resuscitated a woman who was pulled out of a city centre river, a court is told.

Crash burns victim returns to skiing

A 20-year-old Wrexham woman who suffered 96% burns to her body returns to the ski slope as part of her recovery work.

Owen Sheers wins Book of the Year

Poet Owen Sheers wins Wales Book of the Year at a ceremony in Caernarfon.

Hide and seek girl in beach rescue

A nine-year-old girl is taken to hospital after becoming stuck among sea defence boulders while playing hide and seek.

Schools and councils hit by strike

Schools, courts, job centres and council services are hit as around 70,000 public sector workers in Wales join a one-day strike over pay, pensions and working conditions.

Judge dismisses NHS shake-up review

Campaigners lose three separate legal challenges in their bid to stop planned changes to hospital services in west Wales.

Swansea consider Sigurdsson return

Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson's return to Swansea was discussed as part of a potential deal for Ben Davies to join Tottenham Hotspur.


The Nation of Wales

This great mountainous peninsula in the western part of Great Britain is 136 miles from north to south, and 96 miles wide at its broadest point. At the north-west corner, cut off by the narrow Menai Strait, is the island of Anglesey (276 square miles), with its port of Holyhead, from which steamers sail for Ireland.

The river Dee, with Chester at its mouth, comes into the north of Wales, and in the south are the Bristol Channel and the mouth of the Severn; while Carnarvon Bay, Cardigan Bay, and Carmarthen Bay deeply indent its western shores. Other rivers are the Wye, Usk, Towy, Teifi, Taff, and Dovey. Snowdon (3,590 feet), the highest peak of Great Britain, lies some 18 miles south-west of Menai Strait.

A Wealth of Minerals

The land was one of the richest in minerals in the world, for in addition to enormous beds of the best coal, there still are extensive deposits of iron, copper, zinc, tin, lead, and even some gold. One-fifth of all the coal of the British Isles was produced in Wales and Cardiff, on the Bristol Channel, once the greatest coal-shipping port on the globe. Other cities of importance are Swansea and Merthyr Tydfil, both in the same great hisotric mining district as Cardiff.

The Welsh are of Celtic stock and have a language akin to the dialects of Cornwall and Brittany. Like all mountain peoples the Welsh have many legends and traditions; indeed Wales may almost be called the home of British folk-lore and old stories. It is the land of King Arthur and his Round Table, of the island valley of Avilion, and of Camelot.

The Anglo-Saxon conquest of Britain (5th and 6th centuries A.D.) drove the Britons into the fastnesses of the western mountains, and the Welsh are their descendants. The country remained independent, under native princes, until Edward I of England subdued it and gave to his infant son the title 'Prince of Wales' and from the year 1301 the heir to the English throne has been known as the Prince of Wales.

During his reign of the Lancastrian Henry IV, Owen Glendower carried on a war for Welsh independence, and won his place as the chief of Welsh heroes. But the reign of Henry V saw Wales once more subdued.

Wales and the Tudors

The Tudor sovereigns, being of Welsh descent, took a special interest in Wales, and gave it representation in Parliament and a local organization similar to that of the English, in place of the old tribal law and organization. By the Act of Union in 1536 the Principality was peaceably absorbed into the Tudor realm.

Henceforth the history of Wales is mainly concerned with religious and educational progress, in which the name of Griffith Jones (1683-1761) will always be remembered. Puritanism won many converts, and in the 18th century the great Wesleyan movement took fast hold on Wales. In 1811 a split was made in the Methodist camp by the Calvinistic Methodists, and the Baptists and Congregationalists became important. In 1914 was passed the long-fought-for Welsh Church Disestablishment Bill, which, suspended for the duration of the World War, came into operation in 1920.

The 19th century saw the rise of modern industry in Wales. Copper and tin had long been found, but the finding of large deposits of the best coal in South Wales changed the whole character of the country, both industrially and politically. Along with the mining industry came modern agriculture. Wales, although much more thinly populated than England, is well farmed.

The latter part of the 19th century saw also the development of parish councils, of district councils, and county councils, revolutionizing the local government of Wales, as also that of England. The influence of the great landlords diminished, and local aspirations now find a voice in Parliament.

In recent years there has been a marked revival of Welsh nationalism. This movement has been fostered by a new interest in the Welsh literature, and in Welsh music. A characteristic and picturesque feature is the great bardic congress, the Eisteddfod, at which prizes are given both for musical and literary skill. This time-honoured festival draws hosts of interested spectators.

The institution is of very ancient origin. At the time of the annexation of Wales, Edward I gave his sanction to the holding of the meeting and from that time the congresses continued to be summoned by the sovereign. The last appointed by royal commission was the one commanded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1567. Several other important meetings, however, were held during the 16th and 17th centuries. From the late 17th century until the early years of the 19th, the Welsh national spirit was in abeyance, but after the Napoleonic wars it was revived, and a very magnificent Eisteddfod was held in 1819. Since that date hardly a year has passed without a meeting.

A feature of the musical proceedings is the 'Pennillion singing' in which the singer has to improvise verses to the accompaniment of the harp. This is no easy matter, as the harper is at liberty to perform any variations he likes, and the singer has to follow him and finish exactly with the last chord of the harp.

Modern Wales

Wales of the present century has swept away the old county, district, borough and parish councils and replaced them with Unitary Authorities and Community Councils and as a result of devolution assumed control of much, but not enough according to some, of its own internal national government in the form and voice of the Welsh National Assembly.