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What is Welsh Gold and Why You Should Own Some

Do you love wearing jewellery or know someone that does? Gold jewellery is always such a special gift to give, and even better to receive. There are many types of gold out there but surely, one of the most special among them is that of Welsh gold.

There are many things that make this type of gold unique. To find out more, Welsh gold has a robust history that goes back quite some time.

The History of Welsh Gold

Welsh gold is special because it is found naturally occurring in two areas of Wales, making it very scarce. One of the areas it’s in is North Wales. The band spans from Barmouth upward toward Snowdonia. The largest mines were the Gwynfynydd Gold Mine, which is close to Ganllwyd, as well as the Clogau Gold Mine, close to Bontddu. The other area it’s found in is in South Wales near the valley of the River Cothi at Dolaucothi. It was once mined by the Romans in this location.

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What is the National Symbol of Wales?

The rich and varied history of Wales has left a long list of national symbols in its wake, with each representing the country’s values and ideals during the different periods of their arrival. As far as national symbols go, Wales has managed to acquire an eclectic collection over the centuries.

The national symbols of Wales have ranged from mighty creatures of legend, such as the red dragon, to slightly more mundane vegetables such as the leek. But what is the current national symbol of Wales, and how did it come to be recognized as such?

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Welsh Celtic Symbols and what they represent

During ancient times, the Celts (for more information on who the Welsh Celts were we have covered this in another blog) had special symbols they used to represent their culture and identity. These symbols were revered from those days forward and are still prevalent in Wales today. They also make for great gifts in the form of Welsh jewellery and love spoons to remind you of your travels to Wales, or to bring back as a souvenir to friends and loved ones.

Celtic symbolism was so ingrained in the belief system, it helps to know what each Welsh Celtic symbol represents. The following is a guide to the most popular Welsh Celtic symbols you’ll find.

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Who are the Welsh descended from?

The Welsh descended from the Celtic tribes of Europe. It has been posited that the Beaker Folk came to Wales from central Europe in around 2000BC. They brought with them rudimentary knives and axes made from metals. Though today there are theories that rather than coming from the East, the Celts came from the West, with trade routes all along the Atlantic seaboard.

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Famous Welsh Food You’ve Been Missing Out On

When you think of cuisines of the world, Welsh cuisine probably isn’t on your list. But that’s something you should seek to rectify immediately, for famous Welsh food is an impeccable history lesson that you can taste.

Famous Welsh food did garner some culinary practices from the neighbouring English, however, the Welsh lived and worked in isolation, producing their foods from limited ingredients that they could produce. Raising sheep became a major practice in Wales as did cattle, and thus, some of the most famous Welsh food centres around it. However, it’s not all meat. In fact, there are some vegetarian delights, as well as ingredients from the sea, thanks to a strong fishing culture too. that are bound to bring you back again and again to try famous Welsh food.

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Seven Famous Welsh poets

R S Thomas

The first of our famous Welsh poets is R S Thomas who was born in Cardiff in 1913 and brought up on Anglesey. He studied Latin at the University of Bangor. He became a priest of the Anglican Church in 1936. He married an art teacher Elsi Eldridge and they had a son together by the name of Gwydion. In 1946 he published his first book of poems and went on to publish a further twenty books during his lifetime. He won the Queen’s Gold medal for Poetry in 1964 and was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996. His autobiography called Neb (‘no one’ and ‘anyone’) was published in Welsh in 1985.
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Welsh Cakes History: A Sweet and Tasty Bite of Wales

Have you ever had a Welsh cake before? If not, you’ll soon see you’ve been missing out. This traditional treat of Wales, often called bakestones, has been beloved since the late 19th century when sugar, fat, and other sweet ingredients were added to this griddle-cooked cake.

Served both hot and cold, these cakes are a bit like a scone, pancake, and cookie rolled into one, all the while being incredibly unique in both taste and texture. They feature similar ingredients of scones while being cooked in the same manner as a pancake on a griddle.

Welsh cakes are regarded as treat reserved for special occasions, for they take time to craft. Made by hand, there aren’t very many commercial bakeries that produce them.

Hungry for more? Keep reading to discover more about Welsh cakes!

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11 Famous Welsh rugby players

Wales has produced many world class players during it’s history, particularly, during the golden era of the 1970s. Furthermore, in recent decades under the tutelage of southern hemisphere coaches, Wales has again flourished as a rugby nation winning the Grand Slam in 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2019. Below is listed eleven of the most famous Welsh rugby players.

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Welsh costume ideas

When someone says, “Welsh costume” or “Welsh National costume,” an image may pop into your head – a woman in a flannel petticoat under a flannel bedgown, apron, shawl, handkerchief, and hat. The style and image was popularized by a woman named Augusta Hall, known as Lady Llanover, who so loved Welsh language and culture that she wanted to preserve it. Keep reading for more information on Welsh costume ideas based on her original vision.

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Melin Tregwynt woollen mill in Wales

From Melin Tregwynt to Melin Teifi: The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Today’s Working Welsh Woollen Mills

Traditional Welsh mills are a symbol of what was once the country’s most important industry. Due to their quality, Welsh woollen products have always had significant demand throughout the centuries. Keep reading for the top 7 Welsh mills currently in operation.

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