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Welsh History Review


Vol. 3, nos. 1-4 1966-67

Glamorgan historian, Vol II : Book review.

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distribution of land-uses within Welsh towns. Nevertheless, the distinctive-
ness of the parts is clear, and the book offers a glimpse at the variety of
geographical style.
At the same time, the book does not reveal the full potential of
geographical analysis. At no point can the reader find any insights into
the problems of urban growth, into the issues raised by the need for
central area redevelopment, into the nightmare problem of adjusting
traditional towns to increasing volumes of motor traffic, into suburban
sprawl, green belt policies, or the siting and location of new towns.
The more analytical, more forward-looking aspects of urban geography
are, unfortunately, neglected. Admittedly, Mr. Carter did not set out to
deal with these problems. His interests have a more historical bias.
But historians ought to be reminded that, in spite of its eclecticism,
Mr. Carter's approach does not represent all that geographers are
capable of saying about the towns of Wales.
GLAMORGAN HISTORIAN. Vol. II. Edited by Stewart Williams. D. Brown,
Cowbridge, 1965. Pp. 224 (with 44 illustrations). 30s.
Although the purpose of this finely produced album of assorted
historical articles is as popular as it is academic, there are many pieces in
it which will be of great interest to all Welsh historians, inside and outside
Glamorgan. Some of these articles, for instance, Moelwyn Williams's on
farming in pre-industrial times, or Ralph Griffiths's on the revolt of
Llywelyn Bren in 1316, could well have appeared in scholarly historical
journals. Such articles appear here because they are also of great interest
to the informed general reader. A number of the articles, such as Kildare
Meager's on Swansea and Nantgarw porcelain, or that of Elis Jenkins
and Cyril Roberts on Old Photographs of Swansea, or Dr. North's on
Glamorgan in Maps, depend heavily upon lavish illustrations of a kind
which historical journals rarely provide. When one says that this volume
has 'lavish' illustrations, one also means that the lavishness has a strictly
informative purpose.
Each article has the sureness of touch of the expert, although sometimes
it is the expertise of the miniaturist. Who are we to say that the life of
Dr. Whitlock Nicholl (deftly compiled by Dr. Peter Thomas from original
manuscript material) is of rather limited significance ? Nicholl is ignored
by the Dictionary of Welsh Biography which mentions far less important
men. The history of Dinas Powis by Miss Tilney has, perhaps, more
interest for Glamorgan than for Wales, but it is good of its kind. One is
a little surprised, however, to see an illustration of the Old Mill, without
Miss Tilney's mentioning the son of the miller, born in St. Andrew's
Major in 1820, Dewi Wyn of Esyllt, one of the few writers produced by
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