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This book gives a brief description of each village, their attractions and a little of their history.

Vale of Glamorgan Villages

  • The Vale of Glamorgan was described by Thomas Carlyle as "the Welsh Paradise of Sleepy Hollow”. Its villages nestle among narrow lanes behind the dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches of the Bristol Channel with castles, churches, country pubs, Neolithic burial chambers and grand mansions bearing witness to countless tales of religion, love and war.
    Through the ages the wealthy have chosen to live in the Vale, from the Norman conquerors who built the castles and the coal and iron magnates of the 19th century who constructed luxurious mansions, to the pop stars, footballers, businessmen and politicians of today who see the area as an attractive peaceful haven.
  • Geoffrey Davies was born in Porthcawl and raised in a former mining village, attending a valley grammar school before studying history and philosophy at St David's Lampeter. After a career in investment and marketing he retired to Carmarthenshire and renewed his interest in Welsh history and in villages in particular. He has already published Carmarthenshire Villages and Pembrokeshire Villages and this book is the third in the series.

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