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    History of Caerphilly

    by grayfo Written Nov 21, 2011

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    Map of Caerphilly ��� 1905

    Favorite thing: The Romans built an auxiliary fort at Caerphilly in A.D.75. which was follwed later when the Christian missionary Saint Cenydd established a monastic site at Caerphilly. On leaving he was reputed to have entrusted it to his son Ffili. It is from the combination of this story and the Town's Roman origins that Caerphilly takes its name - the fort (caer) of Ffili. The Castle was built from 1268 and the town as a settlement started to evolve. During the nineteenth century the Industrial Revolution swept into Caerphilly with many coal mines opening in the surrounding areas. It has established itself as the main town of the valley.

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    Tommy Cooper

    by Balam Written Jan 18, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Caerphilly was the birth place of the famous Comedian Tommy Cooper who was born here on 19 March 1921 and died doing what he loved best, on stage on the 15th April 1984. There is a statue next to the Visitor information centre on the Toyn Car park.

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    Medieval Siege Warfare

    by Tom_Fields Written Mar 12, 2008
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    Favorite thing: To any military historian, Caerphilly is one of the highlights of Wales. And one of its must-see attractions, beside the castle, is this collection of medieval siege engines. They were the best of their day. Most of them were refined, modified versions of the ones employed by the Romans. While primitive by our standards, they were very advanced for the pre-gunpowder era.

    They are displayed in front of the castle. Live demonstrations are held on occasion; check the web site for more information. None of the military museums that I toured had any of these weapons. You have to come to Caerphilly to see them.

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    Abertridwr - Valley of widows

    by Elodie_Caroline Updated Feb 2, 2008

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    Abertridwr - The valley of the widows

    Fondest memory:
    Abertridwr is known as, 'The valley of the widows,' because, at one time, there wasn't a single house in this valley that hadn't been touched by the death of a miner; a father or brother. At one time, 500 poor miners were killed in one day at the Senghenydd pit, in an underground explosion. Unless you have been in a war, you cannot ever comprehend the loss of so many lives in such a small time, can you. Other poor miners have died in another mine, which is situated underneath Pattys house, through floods. I think this is all really sad and it touches me deeply.

    This is a monument is just down the road from where Patty lives; it is dedicated to all of the miners who have been killed for just doing a day's work at the Senghenydd and other coal pits. The monument is black and is made from a kind of resin, although, it should have been made of coal; it has pictures of the mining community etchd out onto it.

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    The Leaning Tower of Caerphilly

    by aaaarrgh Updated May 14, 2005

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    Pisa eat your heart out

    Favorite thing: Damn, I was looking forward to seeing Caerphilly Castle's leaning tower. However, when I arrived it was covered in scaffolding!

    According to the staff in the Gift Shop, the scaffolding is not there to hold the tower up, thank goodness!! They are doing some cosmetic work to it, so they say, re-pointing the mortar between the stonework. The work will be finished by mid-summer 2005.

    The tower leans because of gradual subsidence over many centuries. Normally it is perfectly safe and stands up (albeit at 10 degrees from vertical) on its own accord.

    Well, if you are in the South Wales area and hear an almighty SPLASH, you will know gravity has finally taken its affect :-)

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    Caerphilly's Famous Comedian

    by aaaarrgh Written May 14, 2005

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    just like that

    Favorite thing: Well, I had no idea until I went into Caerphilly Visitor Centre that Tommy Cooper came from the town.

    www.100welshheroes.com/tommycooper

    Tommy Cooper was a very popular British comedian and magician, famous for wearing a red fez hat. His catch phrase was "just like that". He died ...erm ... during a live performance on television in 1984.

    Cooper was born in Caerphilly in 1922. Now the town want to erect a statue of him using a local artist, James Done.

    The town are raising money to pay for the statue by selling metal badges of a red fez. When I visited, they were on sale for £1 each in the Visitor Centre.

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    My first Welsh castle

    by Zmrzlina Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    Caerphilly Leaning Tower

    Favorite thing: Be sure to spend time reading the plaques, and looking at the exhibitions. This castle is well preserved and abounds with fascinating information but I think lots of people pass by it because it is so much reading.

    Fondest memory: This was the first castle I visited in Wales, and so it has a special place in my memory.

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    Caerphilly Farmers Market

    by Carmela71 Written Mar 17, 2004
    Farmers market

    Favorite thing: Walking around the castle we discovered that the second Saturday of each month there is a farmer market, where local farmers brings their fresh products for sale at the Twyn Community Centre

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    Baron Gilbert de Clare, lord of Glamorgan

    by Carmela71 Updated Mar 15, 2004

    Favorite thing: I guess Wales people never been very obedient, so the baron needed a few castles. This one was in 1270.

    Check that web site for more information about it


    Fondest memory: http://www.caerphillycastle.com/

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    Artificial lakes

    by Carmela71 Updated Mar 15, 2004

    Favorite thing: The castle was built on three man-made islands, so the lakes around the castle are artificial.
    They diverted the water from Nant Y Gledr stream to flood the area for defence military purposes

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    Castle Entrance tickets

    by Carmela71 Written Mar 15, 2004

    Favorite thing: Entrance tickets
    3 Pounds adult
    2,50 reductions

    Weekend pass of 3 days
    9, 50 Pounds adult
    Two adults 16.50
    Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) 23 pounds

    7 days pass

    15 Pounds adult
    Two adults 26
    Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) 32 pounds

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    Iron work

    by Carmela71 Updated Mar 20, 2004

    Favorite thing: I Loved the iron work at the tourist office, so I tried a photo of the castle from there, but it does not show the beauty, or maybe I am a horrible photographer LOL

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    tourist office

    by Carmela71 Updated Mar 15, 2004

    Favorite thing: The tourist office is also a souvenir shop, that’s why after the visit, Stace was carrying a few bags lol

    they have interesting books about the castles in south Wales

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    Castle park

    by Carmela71 Written Mar 15, 2004

    Favorite thing: This park around the castle is the perfect place for a picnic, what a pity it began to rain when we left, typical British jejejeje

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