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Carmarthen Through Time free pdf Carmarthen, the county town of Carmarthenshire, claims to be the oldest town in Wales. Its roots go back to the Roman Occupation when Carmarthen was the civitas capital of the Celtic Demetae tribe and known as Moridunum ('Sea Fort'). The Roman fort in the town dates from about 75 AD and was recorded by Ptolemy and the Antonine Itinerary. Near the fort and excavated in 1968 is one of only four surviving Roman amphitheatres found in Wales. During the Middle Ages, the settlement was known as Llanteulyddog ('St. Teulyddog's'). There are strong Arthurian legends connecting Merlin with Carmarthen, but it was the town's strategic importance that was recognised by the Norman William Fitz Baldwin who built a castle there about 1094. The castle was destroyed by Llywelyn the Great in 1215 and rebuilt in 1223, at the same time as the town walls were constructed making Carmarthen one of the first walled towns in Wales. Neither of these defences prevented Owain Glyndwr from sacking both town and castle in 1405. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Carmarthen rose to prominence as a business centre for agriculture and associated trades, including woollen manufacture. The 18th century saw Carmarthen enter the industrialised age. Coal, iron and tinplate trades became important and, as a port, Carmarthen exported its products throughout the World. Today, the former cattle market in the heart of the town has undergone regeneration and Carmarthen has become a large business and shopping centre for the county.

About Keith E. Morgan

Keith E. Morgan was educated at Dynevor Grammar School, Swansea, before taking up and completing a telecommunications apprenticeship with the General Post Office. Following two years National Service in the RAF as an Air Radar Mechanic on V-Bombers, he continued his career in the GPO as a Telecommunications Engineer. He subsequently entered the Steel and Tinplate Industry as a Chartered Engineer specialising in Telecommunications and Computer Automation Systems. Following retirement, he rejoined the Tinplate Industry as an Engineering Consultant to Project Manage the Millennium Bug Change-over and he has been engaged ever since as Curator of the Tinplate Museum at Trostre Works, Llanelli. In 1995, he took his first steps to becoming an author and has been publishing books ever since.

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Author : Keith E. Morgan
Publisher : Amberley Publishing
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ISBN : 1445652773
EAN : 9781445652771
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 96 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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