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Welcome to my website. I am a medieval historian based in Wales with close links to a number of heritage and community organisations.

 

Latest Blog Posts

Cefncarnau-fawr – then and now

I’ve been trying to tie up the plan in the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales’ inventory with what’s on old maps on https://places.library.wales/ and https://maps.nls.uk/os/ (another amazing resource and... READ MORE

Deserted cottages

I thought I had done all I could with the lost farming landscapes north of Cardiff, but more bits keep turning up. After I’d been to Deri-duon last week, I was trying to... READ MORE

More about Cefn Carnau

The mother and toddler group in our village was the heart of the community. I had just started going along with my little grandson when the lockdown hit. This was where you could... READ MORE

Even more deserted farmsteads …

We had quite an energetic Twitter conversation about those deserted farms north of Cardiff. @mikekohnstamm  drew my attention to Deri-Duon, which is amazingly in the middle of Lisvane, in the fields between Lisvane... READ MORE