Sunday, 8 October 2017

8th October 2017 - Having a Wales of a time

Thought for the day:"Today a customer asked for a book on panto. I said it was behind them!"

On the subject of Wales..

Mount Everest was named after Welshman Sir George Everest from Gwernvale, Breconshire.

Wales is believed to have more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world.

Welshman, Pryce Jones from Newtown Montgomeryshire, created the world's first Mail Order business.

The village of Aberdaron lies further away from a railway station than anywhere else in England and Wales.

Rhos-on-sea has, in St Trillo’s, the smallest chapel in Britain, measuring only 11ft by 8ft and seating just six people.

Robert Recorde of Pembrokeshire invented the “equal to” sign
The letters K, Q, V and Z do not appear in the Welsh alphabet
In the graveyard of Strata Florida Abbey in Cardiganshire is a head stone which reads: “The left leg and part of the thigh of Henry Hughes, cooper, cut off and interr’d here, June 18 1756.
Hughes had lost the limb in a farming accident , but still managed to later emigrate to America, where the rest of him was eventually buried.

The loser of the last fatal duel to be fought in Wales, Thomas Heslop, is buried in the church yard at Llandyfriog, near Newcastle Emlyn.
The duel was apparently fought over ‘ungentlemanly remarks’ made about the barmaid at the town’s Salutation Inn in 1814.

The great glasshouse in the National Botanical Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire, is the largest single-span glasshouse in the world, measuring 312ft in length and 180ft in width.
All the statues surrounding Cardiff Castle are of animals

Lawn tennis first appeared in Wales in the 1800s.It was in the gardens of 17th century Nantclwyd Hall, near Ruthin, that Major Walter Wingfield apparently invented lawn tennis in 1873.
He came up with the idea after playing with a new kind ball made from of India rubber which had been designed to bounce on grass.

Marconi's first radio transmission in 1897 was between two points in Wales.

The Millenium Stadium in Cardiff has the largest retractable roof of any sports arena in the World.

Wales is the only part of the UK not to be represented on the Union Jack.

The Mumbles gets its name from the French word ‘mamelles’, meaning breasts, referring to two little islands located offshore.

In 1881 the first lager brewery in Britain was opened in Wrexham by German immigrants.
Wrexham Lager was, for a long time, the only draught beer serve on British ships, as, unlike other traditional beers, it was unaffected by the motion of the waves.

The Seven Wonders of Wales is a list of seven geographic and cultural landmarks in Wales, identified in the late 18th century in doggerel verse. All in North Wales, the list includes Snowdon (the highest mountain), the Gresford Bells (the bells in the medieval church of All Saints at Gresford), Llangollen Bridge in Flintshire, the Wrexham Steeple, the Overton Yew trees and Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall.

Pistyll Rhaeadr and Wrexham steeple,
Snowdon's mountain without its people, 
Overton yew trees, St Winefride's well,
Llangollen bridge and Gresford bells.


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