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The distinctive Celtic cross with a circle surrounding the intersection of the two perpendicular arms of the cross is not only the symbol of Celtic Christianity but for many it is representative of the whole cultural traditions of the Celts.

The wheel and cross design has a long history in art and sculpture, which is not confined exclusively to Christianity. However, as a Christian emblem Celtic crosses probably first appeared in Wales in the seventh century and continued to be produced in ever more elaborate forms into the eleventh century. Read more

The history of the Welsh love spoon

According to Welsh folklore, these ornately carved spoons were traditionally made from a single piece of wood by young men as a love token for their sweethearts. to show his affection and intentions for his loved one.

The earliest surviving example, displayed in the Welsh Folk museum in Cardiff, is dated around 1667, although the tradition probably dates back long before that.

The love spoon originated from the “cawl” (soup) spoon.  Over generations decorative carvings were added to the spoon and it lost it’s original practical use and became a treasured decorative item that would be hung proudly on a wall. Over decades certain symbols came to have different meanings, (see the list below).

Sailors would often carve love spoons during their long journeys, which is why anchors would often be incorporated.

Today,  love spoons are requested from all over the world. They are given as gifts for weddings, engagements, christenings, birthdays and anniversaries or as a love token and as a souvenir from Wales.

Although the Welsh lovespoon is the most famous there are also traditions of lovespoons in Scandinavia and some parts of Eastern Europe, which have their own unique styles and techniques.
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Traditional Welsh dress was worn by women in rural areas of Wales. The distinctive dress was based on a form of bedgown made from wool, of a style dating from the 18th century, worn over a corset. This was teamed with a printed neckerchief, a petticoat, apron and knitted stockings. The dress was completed by a high crowned hat reminiscent of 17th century fashions and a red, caped cloak. Read more

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Richard Wilson: Welsh Artist
A Boy with Apples 18th Century

In about 1729 Wilson moved to London to study with the portrait painter Thomas Wright. He subsequently enjoyed success as a portraitist on his own account. Read more

Contemporary Great Welsh Actors:
Michael Sheen, Anthony Hopkins, Rhys Ifans, Catherine Zita-Jones, Ioan Gruffudd, Christian Bale, Richard Burton

Contemporary Welsh Musicians:
Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Charlotte Church, Katherine Jenkins,
Ivor Novello, Bad Finger, Stereophonics, Super Furry Animals,
Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia, The Alarm, Feeder, Duffy.

Interesting Links:
National Eisteddfod of Wales
St Davids Day
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Welsh National Opera

Cambrian Pottery
PortMeirion Pottery
Welsh Rugby Union
Welsh Boxing: Joe Calzaghe
Male Voice Choir

Welsh Entertainers:
Harry Secombe
Max Boyce
Tommy cooper
Rhod Gilbert