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Historical Interests

History

Wales has more than plenty to offer if you love history. Locally, we have so much to see & to learn by finding out about the journey through time this beautiful part of the world has taken.

Llanelli's history is one of industrial revolution making the town a major player in the steel & copper industries. For almost 200 years, the steel & copper works dominated the coastline here with its tall chimneys and tin works, gaining the town nicknames such as ‘Tinopolis' & ‘Sospan' (saucepans were also a major export of the town). During the period from the 19th century and into the 20th, the coastline from here to Pembrey was a bustling string of factories, power stations, mines and mills, producing a vast range of products for export all over the world. At this time, Llanelli attained world recognition for producing 50% of the supply of tin to the world.

During the period of industrial growth, many entrepreneurs were permitted to develop the lovely coastline and countryside into large swathes of polluting manufacturing premises without any restrictions being applied. The local people welcomed this industrialisation as it created wealth for the area and despite the environmental damage it caused, gave them jobs and an income. Thankfully, enormous investment has been made into the area & significant regeneration continues to flourish and brings with it the wonderful tapestry & diversity of what we have today.

To see what it was like long before the chimneys, mines and smelts take a journey or two to some of the following places.

 

Castles

The closest is at Kidwelly where the castle is a remarkable testament to the skills of the 12th century men who created it. Still greatly intact it is one of the finest castles to be seen & has commanding views over the countryside.

Carreg Cennen castle near Llandeilo is sited high on a sharp hilltop providing stunning views. Belieived to have been built in the 13th century, it's a hard climb to reach the castle, but boy the view is worth it!

Located on the River Taf estuary is the famous Laugharne Castle which looks out to sea. The area is probably better known as the place where Dylan Thomas lived, but the area has much older roots and provides plenty to see on a day trip.

South west of Carmarthen lies Llansteffan Castle which is between the Tywi estuary and the rolling Welsh countryside. The village of Llansteffan also boasts some pretty houses and shops. The beaches below large & golden and offer up a great harvest for cockle gatherers .

The Swansea area offers up Oxwich Castle on the Gower peninsula but it is really more of a Tudor mansion house. Though with the castellation, it's easy to see why it has earned the ‘castle' label. On the other hand, Oystermouth Castle is a magnificent & impressive sight & perhaps worth a combined visit.

There are many more castles in Carmarthenshire, let alone Wales as a whole! Many of these don't even look like castles any more, but there is much to see & learn from the Castles of Wales website.

 

Museums

History can be viewed in other forms too. Our area has many Museums depicting many historical domains. You could visit a Toy Museum and take a few personal nostalgic moments while you are there. Just imagine what the kids faces would be like, when you show them what you played with when you were their age!

What about the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea? See vehicles from the industrial revolution age, learn about how people lived, worked & spent leisure time.

The Kidwelly Industrial Museum exhibits the industrial past. With displays showing how tin was mined and made into products.

Perhaps a visit to Parc Howard Museum would be more up your street, as it tells of the rise of Llanelli from a small village to a major tin producing area in the 1800's. It also boasts a fine collection of 'Llanelly' Pottery.

Wales famous Dylan Thomas Boathouse is a museum of sorts and tells about how this talented writer drew inspiration from his surroundings to write some of the worlds best literature.

For something completely different, take a journey to the Pendine Museum of Speed at Pendine. Learn about how the land speed record was attempted and see ‘Babs' the famous racing car in which Parry Thomas lost his life trying to beat the previous record set by Malcolm Campbell.