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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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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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So, What’s All the Fuss About Welsh Blankets?

Once you’ve seen the incredible craft of Welsh blankets, you’ll never forget it. You’ll be “oohing” and “aahing” at the reversible blankets that are used as wedding presents and handed down through generations. Especially given the recent trend of purchasing products from local vendors with stories behind them, Welsh blankets have experienced a revival internationally, even as far and wide as Japan. The history and heritage that accompany them can’t be beat. Keep reading to learn what all the fuss is about Welsh blankets and why they’re the perfect gift for your family!

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Ten contemporary Welsh slate gifts ideas for the home and garden

If you are looking for a Welsh present to give to a relative or friend then why not consider a Welsh slate gift?  The reductive quality of slate blends in perfectly with modernist interior design, so it is highly likely to complement your loved ones home decor. Slate also has deep ties to the traditional Welsh homestead with it being the most commonly used material in roofing – not to mention the great many slate quarries that are scattered throughout the Welsh landscape.

For the environmentally aware slate is a completely natural material and is easily broken down and recycled. Other benefits include

 

  • It is durable
  • Long lived
  • Fire resistant
  • Waterproof
So with these positives in mind we have selected ten great Welsh slate gifts ideas to wet your appetite.

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Welsh love spoons engraved

It has become very popular to have Welsh love spoons engraved. People have taken them to heart and love to give them as gifts to celebrate weddings, a renewing of vows, births, baptisms, graduations, birthdays, engagements, anniversaries and other such important life events. Traditionally love spoons in Wales hearken back to the 17th century, but there are few examples of early spoons that have been engraved. The reason for this rarity is unknown, but one explanation may be the lack of literacy amongst the rural poor in Wales.

Techniques for having Welsh love spoons engraved

There are an array of different methods that are utilized to have Welsh love spoons engraved. The most conventional type of engraving would be by means of a hand tool, for example, a chisel or a blade. Three extra techniques are pyro-engraving, laser engraving and CNC engraving. Each sort of engraving is briefly discussed underneath.

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