Tag Archives: Wales

With Torrington to Tintern…

Colonel the Honourable John Byng was just another  younger son of another not-very-well-known 18thc aristocratic family. He followed the normal route for younger sons, choosing the army over the navy or church and ended up as a minor government tax … Continue reading

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The Picturesque Traveller discovers Wales

A few months ago I wrote about the change in attitudes to ‘wilderness’ and ‘untamed’ landscapes in the 18thc in a post concentrating on the Lake District.  This week  I want to turn  to Wales which became another 18thc scenic landscape … Continue reading

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The Most Special Place in Wales…

Whats this? A post from P&G? But it’s not Saturday! Well I confess I haven’t written it and  although I wouldn’t normally re-post something written on another blog, since I’ve written about Dyffryn Gardens quite recently  [post 13th Dec 2014] when I saw this … Continue reading

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Dyffryn

I’m always a bit suspicious when people use superlatives to describe something. It’s never usually quite as good as they make out. So initially that was my reaction when I started to hear/read about Dyffryn Gardens, near Cardiff.   Just … Continue reading

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“What God would have built if he had the money…”

“What God would have built if he had the money…” is what  George Bernard Shaw is supposed to have said on visiting William Randolph Hearst at St Donat’s Castle in South Wales.  It’s not surprising that Shaw was impressed!   St Donat’s  is a … Continue reading

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