This week on Darn Bach o Hanes, Dewi Prysor goes to see a hillfort near Llan Ffestiniog, Lisa Gwilym looks at old photographs from the Greenham Common protest and Rhodri Llwyd Morgan goes to Rhuthun prison.
Bryn y Castell hillfort is on the mountains near Llan Ffestiniog; this is a Celtic hillfort from the Iron Age. Dewi Prysor goes to see Bryn y Castell and talks to Rhodri ap Dafydd about how the people made iron in the area.
In 1981, women started to protest against the nuclear missiles on Greenham Common; the protest went on till the year 2000. In December 1982 there was a big protest and a lot of women from Wales went to the protest; Elen Thomas from Dolgellau went with them. Elen talks to Lisa Gwilym and shows Lisa her pictures of the protest.
Dewi goes to the Splott area in Cardiff to see where the name came from. There were two farms in the area – Splott and Pengam. Some people say that ‘splott’ is a name from the Old English for a small piece of land. Other people say the two farms in on an old church ground and the name comes from ‘God’s Plot’
Sending people to prison was something quite new in Wales 200 years ago. They used to punish people in the stocks with whips or to hang them on the gallows. But in 1774 new laws came to change how they’d punish people and keep them in prison.
Rhodri Llwyd Morgan goes to Rhuthun prison to talk to Margaret Baar about the history of the place and life in prison for a prisoner.
At one time there was a large rock in the middle of a river on Rhos y Marchlyn mountain; the rock would divide the water of the river between the two villages, Llanddeiniolen and Llandygai. In 1820 there was a court large court case between the two villages. The people from Llandygai said that the people from Llanddeiniolen had moved the rock and stolen the water. Dafydd Whiteside Thomas tells the story.
Every week on Darn Bach o Hanes Dewi Prysor goes to St Fagans National History Museum and chooses a special relic. You have to guess what the relic is.