19th December 1944: Men of 1/5th Welch Regiment, 53rd (Welsh) Division, sit down to their Christmas dinner, near Baexem in Holland.
Caption from the Imperial War Museum.
Barry Docks, a port in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, opened in 1889. A massive project undertaken by Victorian engineers John Wolfe Barry, Thomas Forster Brown and Henry Marc Brunel, son of the iconic Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the docks went on to employ thousands of men and women.
By 1913 it was the biggest coal port in the world.
The image below is of the area ready for the official opening on the 18th of July, 1889.
On the 25th of March, 1807, the world’s first passenger railway opened in Britain.
The Swansea and Mumbles Railway operated in Wales until 1960. The passenger cars were originally pulled by horses before being changed to steam locomotives, and then finally to electric trams.
The Great Storm of 1703 was windstorm that swept across Britain on the 26th of November (the 7th of December in today’s calendar). Ships were blown hundreds of miles off course, and just on the Goodwin Sands over 1000 seamen lost their lives.
Map showing the location of the Goodwin Sands
Thousands of chimney stacks in London collapsed, sending even Queen Anne into hiding in a cellar. The bishop in Wells was killed by a falling chimney stack, while flooding caused hundreds of deaths in other parts of the country. The destruction continued into Wales.
It was claimed the storm was a punishment from God.