The fourth episode of the BBC Wales series ‘The Story of Wales’ looked at how the Industrial Revolution and the copper and iron trades turned Wales into a global player, from the mining of copper on Parys Mountain, Anglesey and it s smelting and export at Copperopolis, Swansea, to the transformation of the iron industry under the Crawshays at Merthyr Tydfil. The episode also explored the subsequent social turmoil, riots and uprisings at Merthyr Tydfil and Newport and in the countryside with the Rebecca Rioters.
The next episode in the series entitled ‘New Beginnings’ looks at the boom time of the coal industry.
If you want to find out more about the sites covered, follow the links below:
- Parys Mountain Copper Mines
- Hafod and Morfa Copperworks, Swansea
- Cyfarthfa Ironworks, Methyr Tydfil
- Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil
- Chartist uprising monument and mural, John Frost Square, Newport
- Carmarthen Workhouse – stormed by Rebecca rioters in 1843
- Link to The Story of Wales website
- Add your own photographs to People's Collection Wales to help tell the story of Wales
Finally, the Royal Commission's superbly illustrated book, Hidden Histories: Discovering the Heritage of Wales is an informative companion for anyone interested in the life and heritage of Wales and is now available for only £19.95 or alternatively only £17.95 for Friends of the Royal Commission with their special 10% discount.
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