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Really rare picture! But then, this was back in the day and that most of the historical photos,  and thats looking at the better photographer images , ever more mindful of the public .


1. 55 Howitzer gun being fired in Luneburg
Reference - https://www.casgliadywerin.cymru
When - 1945
Location - Germany
Picture Description - Gwn Howitzer 55 yn cael ei thanio yn Luneberg, Yr Almaen, 1945



2. 407 Battery Aberteifi in Belgium during WWII
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgium_in_World_War_II
When - September 1944
Location -  Belgium
Picture Description - Most of the country was liberated by the Allies between September and October 1944, though areas to the far east of the country remained occupied until early 1945. In total,



3. 407 Battery Aberteifi waiting to go in to action
Reference - https://www.casgliadywerin.cymru
When - 1945
Location -
Picture Description -



4. Accident on the Caerleon bridge
Reference - https://www.peoplescollection.wales
When - October 6th 1919
Location - Newport, United Kingdom.
Picture Description - It shows a road traffic accident from almost 90 years ago. ... card is captioned “Army (I think) Lorry Accident Caerleon Bridge, October 6, 1919.



5. Aerial view of Cardiff Docks, 1947
Reference - https://www.peoplescollection.wales
When - June 1947
Location -  Cardiff, Wales
Picture Description - The Glamorganshire Canal of 1798 brought iron from Merthyr Tydfil for export through the then small port attached to the village of Cardiff. Cardiff expanded rapidly from the 1830s onwards and became the main port for exports of coal from the Cynon, Rhondda, and Rhymney valleys, growing at a rate of nearly eighty percent each decade between 1840 and 1870. To meet the increased demand for shipping facilities the Bute West Dock was opened in 1839, enclosing 7.7ha of water; it is now filled in and built over and the entrance basin is the Roald Dahl Plasse and a public space.


6. Armistice celebrations at Glynneath, 1918
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armistice_of_11_November_1918
When -  November 1918
Location - Germany
Picture Description -The Armistice of 11 November 1918 was an armistice during the First World War between the Allies and Germany – also known as the Armistice of Compiègne after the location in which it was signed – and the agreement that ended the fighting on the Western Front.



7. Bayonet Drill
Reference - http://www.thortrains.com/getright/drillbay1904.htm
When - 1917
Location - Unknown
Picture Description - If you have looked at the Civil War bayonet drill, you might recognize these maneuvers. If you have looked at the Civil War bayonet drill, you might recognize these maneuvers. They are identical. The main difference is the rifle itself.



8. Belle View, Pembroke Dock
Reference - https://www.peoplescollection.wales
When - 1916
Location -  Pembroke Dock
Picture Description - Royal Artillery married quarters, Belle View, Tregenna's Hill, Pembroke Dock.



9. Caernarfon pier oil berth with the oil tanker 'Frank M' of Liverpool, c
Reference -
When - 1977
Location -
Picture Description -
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10. 'Catharina' ship wreck
Reference - http://shipstimbers.blogspot.in
When - 24th August 1848
Location - Unknown
Picture Description - On this Day 24th August 1848 a terrible shipwreck occurred a few miles to the north of Llandudno. A fifteen hundred ton sailing ship, the Ocean Monarch caught fire. On board were over three hundred and fifty passengers and a crew of forty. The passengers were British migrants on their way to start a new life in America. Many theories have been suggested for the cause of the fire such as passengers lighting a fire in one of the ship’s ventilators, or a crew member had been careless when lighting a candle near some loose straw. Whatever the cause in a very short time a large part of the ship was ablaze.



11. Cefn Coed Colliery workers in the 1930s
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cefn_Coed_Colliery_Museum
When - 1930s
Location - Crynant, Neath Port Talbot, Wales
Picture Description - The first coal raised in 1930, with the shaft and workings powered by a steam engine, fueled by the gas from the old workings.



12. Damage to Penarth Pier
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penarth_Pier
When - 1931
Location - Penarth, Valeof Glamorgan, South Wales
Picture Description - A Percy Stephens photograph shows the damage to the central portion of the Pier. Penarth Pier is a Victorian era pier in the town of Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales. The pier was opened in 1898 and was a popular attraction to seaside-goers at the time, who also enjoyed trips on pleasure steamers that operated from
the pier. It has on several occasions been damaged by vessels colliding with the structure and in 1931, a fire broke out in one of the pavilions. This wooden pavilion was never replaced, but a concrete pavilion has been used over the years as a concert hall, ballroom, cinema and for other purposes. It is currently home to the Penarth Pier Pavilion.



13. Dry Dock, Pillgwenlly
Reference - https://www.peoplescollection.wales
When -
Location -
Picture Description - Tredegar Dry Dock and Wharves and Uskside Engineering with Commercial Road, Holy Trinity Church and the Town Dock in the background, n.d. A photographic view of Pill which contrasts sharply with the picture. John Griffiths, The Minister for Culture and Sport, explored Gwent Archives to learn more about immigration to Pillgwenlly, Newport where he was born and grew up.



14. During World War 2 Cefn Coed Colliery hosted visitors from the Women's Auxiliary Air Force
Reference - http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk
When - June 1939
Location - Unknown
Picture Description - The Women’s Auxiliary Air Service was formed in June 1939 in response to the worsening European situation. For the duration of World War Two, the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) was commanded by Katherine Trefusis-Forbes.


15. Eisteddfod Trelew, 1913, the Gorsedd
Reference - https://www.peoplescollection.wales
When - 1913
Location - U.K
Picture Description - Eisteddfod Trelew, 1913, the Gorsedd. It was held in the open air in front of the Railway Station. Congregation surrounding three officials - Archdruid William H. Hughes, 'Glan Caeron'; Rev. John Caerenig Evans and Richard Jones Berwyn. Two carts and horses, buildings. Railway tracks and trucks.



16. French Aircraft carrier in Newport Docks 1946
Reference - https://www.peoplescollection.wales
When - 1946
Location - U.S Navy
Picture Description - French Aircraft carrier in Newport Docks The Dixmude is loading a cargo of prefabs for use in FranceFor the Torch landings, HMS Biter was part of the covering force off Oran. The force comprised the battleship Rodney, the carriers Argus and Dasher, the light cruiser Delhi and nine destroyers. Flying operations began on 8 November 1942, but after a Sea Hurricane crashed into her bridge Biter was temporarily put out of action. One Sea Hurricane was shot down by a Vichy French Dewoitine D.520


17. Group of Hensol Castle Patients at Work
Reference - https://www.peoplescollection.wales
When - 1967
Location -  Hensol Castle Park, Hensol CF72 8JX, UK
Picture Description - Photograph taken of adult residents at Hensol Hospital in 1967 by renowned photographer Jurgen Schadeberg.



18. Hensol Castle Patient Assembles a Pen
Reference - https://www.casgliadywerin.cymru
When - 1967
Location -  Hensol Castle Park, Hensol CF72 8JX, UK
Picture Description - Photographs taken from adult residents at Hensol Hospital in 1967 by well-known photographer Jurgen Schadeberg.



19. Hensol Castle Patient Assembles Toy Cars
Reference - https://www.peoplescollection.wales
When - 1967
Location -  Hensol Castle Park, Hensol CF72 8JX, UK
Picture Description - Photograph taken of adult residents at Hensol Hospital in 1967 by renowned photographer Jurgen Schadeberg.




20. Hensol Castle Patient Rubs Hands in Workshop
Reference - https://www.peoplescollection.wales
When - 1967
Location - Hensol Castle Park, Hensol CF72 8JX, UK
Picture Description - Photograph taken of adult residents at Hensol Hospital in 1967 by renowned photographer Jurgen Schadeberg.







21. Hensol Castle Patient Shows Off the Picture Frames He Made
Reference - https://www.peoplescollection.wales
When - 1967
Location - Hensol Castle Park, Hensol CF72 8JX, UK
Picture Description - Photograph taken of adult residents at Hensol Hospital in 1967 by well-known photographer Jurgen Schadeberg.



22. Hensol Castle Patient Sits On a Swing
Reference - https://www.casgliadywerin.cymru
When - 1967
Location - Hensol Castle Park, Hensol CF72 8JX, UK
Picture Description - Photographs taken from adult residents at Hensol Hospital in 1967 by well-known photographer Jurgen Schadeberg.



23. Hensol Castle Patients Shopping
Reference - https://www.peoplescollection.wales
When - 1967
Location - Hensol Castle Park, Hensol CF72 8JX, UK
Picture Description - Photographs taken of adult residents at Hensol Hospital in 1967 by renowned photographer Jurgen Schadeberg.



24. Land army during WW2
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_Land_Army
When - 1939
Location - North of England.
Picture Description - As the prospect of war became increasingly likely, the government wanted to increase the amount of food grown within Britain. In order to grow more food, more help was needed on the farms and so the government started the Women's Land Army in June 1939.



25. Little old train going through the vale of Camwy to Porth Madryn.
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Chubut_Railway
When - 1884
Location - Puerto Madryn Las Plumas
Picture Description - In 1884 the Argentine government granted the Welsh immigrant Lewis Jones a concession to build and operate a railway between the valley of the Chubut River and Porth Madryn on the southern side of the Península Valdés. With the help of Asahel P. Bell, an engineer, Jones set up a company in Liverpool, England to finance the construction.


26. Llandow airfield, 1946
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Llandow
When - 1940
Location - Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
Picture Description - RAF Llandow is a former Royal Air Force station situated near the village of Llandow, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales, 15 miles west of Cardiff. It opened in 1940 and closed in 1957. It was while training at this airfield in 1941 that John Gillespie Magee, Jr. wrote his famous poem, "High Flight."



27. Llanion Barracks 1907




28. Llantrisant Railway Station (Pontyclun), view from the Brunel Arms
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llantrisant
When - June 1850
Location - Station Approach, Pontyclun CF72 9DS, UK
Picture Description - There is evidence for settlements in and around Llantrisant stretching back over three millennia. Two Bronze Age burial mounds are on Mynydd Garthmaelwg, the opposite side of the Ely Valley. A 1.05 metres (3 ft) tall, by 1.68 metres (6 ft) wide, possibly Bronze Age, standing stone, was discovered in Miskin during excavations prior to the M4 motorway construction. An Iron Age hillfort stands on Rhiwsaeson Hill. The enclosure, now known as Caerau Hillfort, measures 230 metres (755 ft) by 180 metres (591 ft)



29. Llantrisant Station (Old Pontyclun) Booking Office
Reference - https://www.peoplescollection.wales
When - June 1850
Location - Station Approach, Pontyclun CF72 9DS, UK
Picture Description - Llantrisant Station (Old Pontyclun) Booking Office, with 3 x Pony-led Trap Milk Floats, date uknown. Llantrisant Station was later rebuilt and reopened as Pontyclun Station.



30. Llantrisant Station (Pontyclun), Bay Platform
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontyclun_railway_station
When - June 1850
Location - Station Approach, Pontyclun CF72 9DS, UK
Picture Description - The first section of the South Wales Railway (SWR), that between Chepstow and Swansea, opened on 18 June 1850. The original stations on that line included one named Llantrissant for Cowbridge.


31. Llanvihangel Church
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llanvihangel_Crucorney
When - Unknown
Location - St Michael's Church, Llanvihangel Crucorney, Abergavenny NP7 8DH, United Kingdom
Picture Description - Llanvihangel Crucorney (Welsh: Llanfihangel Crucornau) is a small village in the community (parish) of Crucorney, Monmouthshire, Wales. It is located 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Abergavenny and 18 miles (29 km) south-west of Hereford, England on the A465 road.



32. Newport docks accident 1909
Reference - http://newport-docks-disaster-1909.tripod.com/
When - 2nd July 1909,
Location - Newport, Monmouthshire
Picture Description - Exactly 100 years to the day there occurred a dreadful accident, the Newport Docks Disaster. A trench gave way during the building of the extension work to the Alexandra Docks, in Newport, Monmouthshire. It was being carried out in the area of the South Docks by Messrs Easton Gibbs and Son.



33. Penarth Pier at low water 1930s
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penarth_Pier
When - 1930
Location - Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales
Picture Description - Penarth Pier is a Victorian era pier in the town of Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales. The pier was opened in 1898 and was a popular attraction to seaside-goers at the time, who also enjoyed trips on pleasure steamers that operated from the pier. It has on several occasions been damaged by vessels colliding with the structure and in 1931, a fire broke out in one of the pavilions. This wooden pavilion was never replaced, but a concrete pavilion has been used over the years as a concert hall, ballroom, cinema and for other purposes. It is currently home to the Penarth Pier Pavilion.



34. Penarth Pier damage from Bristol Queen collision
Reference - https://www.peoplescollection.wales
When - Unknown
Location - Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales
Picture Description - This dramatic photograph shows the damage sustained when the Bristol Queen hit the Pier; Piermaster Stan Galley examines the consequences.



35. Penarth Pier
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penarth_Pier
When - 1898
Location - Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales
Picture Description - Penarth Pier is a Victorian era pier in the town of Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales. The pier was opened in 1898 and was a popular attraction to seaside-goers at the time, who also enjoyed trips on pleasure steamers that operated from the pier. It has on several occasions been damaged by vessels colliding with the structure and in 1931, a fire broke out in one of the pavilions. This wooden pavilion was never replaced, but a concrete pavilion has been used over the years as a concert hall, ballroom, cinema and for other purposes. It is currently home to the Penarth Pier Pavilion.


36. Port Talbot Docks c1909
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_Port_Talbot
When - 1909
Location - Puckey House, The Docks, Port Talbot SA13 1RB, UK
Picture Description - Unknown



37. Port Talbot Docks c1915
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_Port_Talbot
When - 1915
Location - Puckey House, The Docks, Port Talbot SA13 1RB, UK
Picture Description - The founding of Port Talbot Steelworks in 1902, and Margam Steelworks in 1916, was brought about by the need for iron and steel producers to now import both ore and fuel, enabling an upscaling in volumes of production and hence economies. Resultantly, iron ore imports through Port Talbot reached 300,000 tons per annum by 1930, and 3,000,000 tons per annum by 1960.



38. Quarrymen waiting by the pier 1930s
Reference - https://www.casgliadywerin.cymru
When - 1930
Location - Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Picture Description - These quarrymen are waiting by the pier for the ship 'Edith' to dock at Porth y Nant in the 1930s. Hundreds of tons of granite were quarried in the valley on a daily basis and ships regularly moored up alongside one of three jetties in the bay to be loaded with the setts and crushed stone. The bay had no shelter from the westerly winds and vessels were occasionally wrecked during storms. There was no road access to the valley and goods mostly came in and out by sea.


39. Quay at Pembroke Castle - 1910
Reference - https://www.peoplescollection.wales
When - 1910
Location - Pembroke SA71 4LA, UK
Picture Description - The quay at Pembroke castle, the castle is just out of shot to the right of the photograph.



40. Railway north of Cardiff
Reference - https://www.peoplescollection.wales
When - 29 February 1932
Location - Cardiff, Capital of Wales
Picture Description - Photograph taken on a line north of Cardiff. The locomotive has been identified as no.Number 6402 Grouping Number GWR (Great Western Railway) 6402.


41. Rescue team during the Gresford Colliery disaster 1934
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gresford_disaster
When - 22 September 1934
Location - Gresford near Wrexham, Wales
Picture Description - Black and white film negative of a photograph showing the rescue team during the Gresford Colliery disaster 1934. The Gresford disaster occurred on 22 September 1934 at Gresford Colliery, Gresford, near Wrexham, in northeast Wales, when an explosion killed 266 men and boys. Its cause was never proved but an inquiry found that failures in safety procedures and poor mine management were contributory factors. Gresford is one of Britain's worst coal mining disasters. Only eleven bodies were recovered, the rest were left entombed in the colliery's permanently sealed damaged districts.



42. Resolven c1910-1920
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resolven#History_and_amenities
When - 1910
Location - U.K
Picture Description - Resolven is a small village in Neath Port Talbot county borough, Wales. It is located in the Vale of Neath.



43. The Bristol Queen, 20 June 1965
Reference - https://www.casgliadywerin.cymru
When - 20 June 1965
Location - U.K
Picture Description - The Bristol Queen is at anchor off Penarth on the evening of Sunday 20 June 1965. Returning from Ilfracombe she developed paddle trouble as she arrived and was attended by two tugs. She later made her own way into Cardiff Docks.




44. The Bristol Queen, Penarth Pier, 6 June 1965
Reference - https://www.casgliadywerin.cymru
When - 6 June 1965
Location - U.K
Picture Description - The Bristol Queen arrived at Penarth Pier on Whit Sunday, 6 June 1965. The following year the paddler hit it.



45. The dredger Seiont II working in Caernarfon harbour, 3 January 1979
Reference - https://www.casgliadywerin.cymru
When - 3 January 1979
Location -  Harbour Office, Slate Quay, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Caernarfon LL55 2PB, United Kingdom
Picture Description -




46. The dreger Seiont II returning to Caernarfon after repairs at Birkenhead, 15 March 1986
Reference - https://www.peoplescollection.wales
When - 15 March 1986
Location - Harbour Office, United Kingdom
Picture Description -



47. Tornado damage at Quaker's Yard in 1913
Reference - https://www.peoplescollection.wales
When - 27th October 1913.
Location - Quakers Yard
Picture Description - The aftermath of a tornado which occurred in South Wales on 27th October 1913.



48. Welsh Guards - 1918
Reference - https://www.peoplescollection.wales
When - July 1918
Location - RHQ – London; 1st Battalion – Elizabeth Barracks, Pirbright
Picture Description - Sergeant Witcombes' Squad. Welsh Guards, July 1918. From Back row - W.J. Griffiths. R. Jones. E. Pugh. W.G. Griffiths. Sgt. J. Cutler. B. Griffiths. J. Morgan. T. John. J. Homer.



49. Western Martello Tower, Pembroke Dock - 1902
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martello_tower
When - 1902
Location - oldest Martello tower in North America (1796), Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Picture Description - Western Martello Tower, a adeiladwyd 1851 a Pater Batri, a adeiladwyd 1842 a oedd harfogi â'r 23 o gynnau. (A ddymchwelwyd yn 1903). Martello towers, sometimes known simply as Martellos, are small defensive forts that were built across the British Empire during the 19th century, from the time of the French Revolutionary Wars onwards. Most were coastal forts.



50. When the Pier re-opened in 1949 the Glen Usk was the first to call.
Reference - http://navsource.narod.ru
When - 1949
Location -
Picture Description - http://navsource.narod.ru


51. WWII WAAF Engineer
Reference - https://owlcation.com/humanities/Petticoats-and-Parachutes-Women-of-World-War-Two-The-WAAF
When - 28th June 1939
Location - Unknown
Picture Description - Photograph of Marjorie on the nose of an aircraft.
Britain, along with other European nations were not immune to the idea that they would soon be involved in the war with Germany and so before war even began, the government were planning for war, even if at that time it did not seem inevitable.




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