25 . 06 . 2017

Snowdonia Slate Mines

A quiet corner of north Wales holds deep buried secrets to the area’s bustling industrial past From a distance, the mountains that surround the little town of Blaenau Ffestiniog are breathtaking in their quiet beauty, but dig a little deeper and there is a treasure trove of secrets to unlock; a glimpse of a noisy…

28 . 05 . 2017

Snowdonia National Park

As regular readers of the Oakeley blog will know, we are absolutely thrilled to live and work in Snowdonia National Park. It is one of the finest natural spaces in Britain and it is an absolutely stunning place to live and visit, and earlier this week on the blog, we found out more about the Snowdonia Giving…

17 . 04 . 2017

Snowdonia on Television

“I am not a number, I am a free man” shouts Patrick McGoohan’s character Number 6 in The Prisoner, one of the most iconic television series from the 1960s. The line is perhaps one of the most well-known from the series that captured the public’s imagination when it was first broadcast in 1967. The Prisoner…

19 . 03 . 2017

David Lloyd George in North Wales

“He was the greatest Welshman which that unconquerable race has produced since the age of the Tudors….. and those that come after us will find the pillars of his life’s toil upstanding, massive and indestructible”. Winston Churchill’s parliamentary tribute to David Lloyd George just after his death in 1945 paid homage to the Liberal politician…

15 . 03 . 2017

North Wales Stately Homes

Here in Wales, we boast a history and heritage that dates back thousands of years, so it’s no surprise that dotted all around North Wales are some of the most beautiful and historic stately homes and manor houses in the country. Built for a huge number of reasons, these elegant and often enormous houses were quite…

08 . 03 . 2017

Exploring Wales’ Legends

As we’ve already discovered as we’ve delved into some of Wales’ most famous tales and legends – almost every little corner, nook and cranny of our wonderful country has an ancient story or legend attached to it. It’s one of the things we love about Wales – the culture and landscape that dates back thousands and…

26 . 01 . 2017

The Legend of Nant Gwrtheyrn

Today on the Oakeley blog, we’re continuing our journey of discovery into the myths and legends of Wales. Have you heard the legend of Nant Gwrtheyrn? Get your tissues at the ready, because this is a sad one! Now the home of a Welsh Language Centre, Nant Gwrtheyrn is a small bay and community on…

24 . 01 . 2017

Canal Crazy – a history of Canals

To trace the origins of canals, we can float back for almost 6,000 years. In Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq and Syria), enormous irrigation canals were built as far back as 4,000 BC. The Grand Canal of China is not only the longest canal in the world but its origins go back to at least 480…

22 . 01 . 2017

North Wales’ Forgotten Railways

Here in Snowdonia, we love a good old fashioned steam train! And Great Britain has enjoyed a love affair with railways since Trevithick’s first railway steam locomotion was built in 1804. And when George Stephenson opened his first public steam railway twenty years later the golden age of Britain’s railways had begun. The railways opened up…

17 . 06 . 2016

Battle of the Somme Centenary

Yesterday, England and Wales fought their battle out on the football field in Northern France, and thankfully that occasion was full of passion, pride and a lot of fun for both teams and their supporters. However, not too far from the city in which they were playing is the site of one of the deadliest…

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