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Many thanks to Wiggy for being kind enough to send me this site.



The West Wales Cottage


Welsh Country Cottage

"The bulk of West Wales cottages which still survive were built during
the 18th and 19th century, in response to the demand for additional housing
between the middle of the eighteenth and the middle of
the nineteenth century. This put a lot of pressure on
the land which was available at the time. Use of the common land by means
of the famous tai unnos or "One Night"
became widespread.

The origins of tai unnos were; the dwelling could be
built on common land, the builder had to complete the dwelling overnight.
Smoke had to rise from the chimney by the morning, the builder then threw
an axe from the front door of the cottage, and the distance he could throw
the axe determined the boundary of the property. The cottage dweller then
had time to build a more permanent dwelling to replace the original turf
and thatch dwelling."

Thanks Wiggy - no, I don't live in one of these, but I certainly wouldn't mind moving to Pembrokeshire. Unfortunately, I would imagine that most of these cottages have been colonised by you-know-how as holiday homes.

Postcards of Welsh Ladies ~ in costume ~ drinking tea

"It became a postcard stereotype to have Welsh Women in costume
photographed drinking tea outside a snug croft or cottage home. For
variety, the women were also photographed knitting or doing a bit of
spinning, presumably with the excellent local wool."

Thanks to Wiggy for sending me this site. I am sure that he is madly disappointed that I don't quite match the stereotype depicted here. According to the site, Lady Llanofer had a lot to do with perpetuating that steretype, so I would imagine that very few local women fitted it, either.

History of Wales

"Our History of Wales is a work in progress. Most of the periods and
personalities covered here so far are medieval and earlier. This History
of Wales owes a debt of gratitude to the excellent "A History
of Wales
" by John Davies."

Thank you, Wiggy.

Virtual Portmeirion menu bar

Portmeirion Clough Williams-Ellis

....."Sir Clough, however, had also been developing a dream to
create his own village where he would be "sole master of all
he surveyed". A village where he could show "that one could
develop even a very beautiful site without defiling it, and
given sufficient loving care one could even improve on what
God had provided". With his love of the sea, which had
passed on to him from his father, he set out by sail to find
a suitable island on which to build his dream village. His
search took him as far as New Zealand but finally he settled
on an ideal spot right on his door step in North Wales, a
private peninsula just five miles from his family home,
containing a large house on the shoreline and a very
overgrown piece of land. Clough purchased the property and
went on to develop and build the village in two periods
separated by WWII, 1926-1939 and 1954-1972.".....

The village in question was, obviously, Portmeirion, which later became the venue for the TV programme The Prisoner.