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  • Life in 1900s UK - includes photos and descriptions of places/items, etc. in 1900s UK
Topic Time frame Resource Locations Covered
1880-1920 Williams, James. Give Me Yesterday. Llandysul, Wales: Gomer Press, 1971. South West Wales
1790-1803 Thomas, Hilary M. ed. The Diaries of John Bird: clerk to the first Marquess of Bute 1790-1803. Cardiff, Wales: South Wales Record Society, 1987. Glamorgan, Wales
Smugglers 1600-1900 Elias, Twm, and Dafydd Meirion. Smugglers of Wales. Llanrwst, Wales: Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2017. Wales
Parish Life late 1800s Thomas, Maude Morgan. When I was a girl in Wales. New York: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Co. 1936. Pontypool, Monmouthshire
Life at sea 1843-1903 Eames, Aled, and Robert Thomas. Ship master: the life and letters of Capt. Robert Thomas of Llandwrog and Liverpool 1843-1903. [Caernarfon]: Gwynedd Archives Service. 1980.
Parish Life 1950s George, David Graham. A Skewen boy looks back. Milton, Carew: David Graham George. 1994. Skewen, Glamorgan
Parish Life early to 1895 Puleston, Theophilus H. Gresley. STORY OF A QUIET COUNTRY PARISH: being gleanings of the history of worthenbury, flintshire. London: The Roxburghe Press. 1895. Worthenbury, Flintshire
Rural Life; mining 1900-1955 Barnes, David. Black Mountains: The Recollections of a South Wales Miner. Talybont, Ceredigion, Wales: Y Lolfa Cyf. 2002. Monmouthshire; Glamorgan
1846-47 Evan Evans of Plas Llandecwyn, Merioneth, Bob Owen Croesor Papers, Bangor University (GB 0222 BMSS Croes) Merioneth
Mining 1760 Linnard, William. "A Swedish Visitor to Flintshire in 1760," Flintshire Historical Society journal (Wales) 30, (1981/2): 145-149. Flintshire
Travel Diary 1854 Borrow, George. Wild Wales: The People, Language and Scenery. London: Century. 1984. [first published in 1862] Wales
Travel 17&18th centuries Pritchard, R. T. "Travellers in Anglesey in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries," Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club Transactions ?? (19??): 21-38. Anglesey
Women's History 1880-1920 Davies, Margaret Llewelyn, and Virginia Woolf. Life as we have known it: the voices of working-class women. 2012. (first published 1975)
House History 1570-1850 Owen, D. Huw. Settlement and society in Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. 1989. Wales
Rural Life 1856-1945 Evans, Gwilym. "On the Farm a Century Ago," The Carmarthenshire Historian (Carmarthen, Wales) VIII, (1971): 69-74. Llanarthney; Llanddarog
Rural Life 1750-1778 Jones, Edmund. A Geographical, Historical and Religious Account of the Parish of Aberystruth: in the County of Monmouth To which are added, Memoirs of Several Persons of Note, Who Lived in the Said Parish. Trevecka: ?. 1779. Aberystruth, Monmouth
Policemen 1905- Niall, Ian. The village policeman. Newton Abbot [England]: Country Book Club. 1972.
Rural Life early 1900s Rees, Alwyn D. Life in a Welsh countryside: a social study of Llanfihangel yng Ngwynfa. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. 1996.
Rural Life 1880-1930 Williams, D. J. The old farmhouse. Carmarthen, Dyfed, Wales: Golden Grove. 1987. Carmarthenshire
Mining Village 1925-1940 Healy, Kathleen. Growing Up In A Welsh Valley. Illfracombe, England: Arthur H. Stockwell. 1999.
Women's History 1830-1939 John, Angela V. Our Mothers' Land: Chapters In Welsh Women's History 1830-1939. Cardiff, Wales: University of Wales Press.1991.
Rural Life 1856 Rodenberg, Julius. An Autumn In Wales (1856): Country And People, Tales And Songs. Cowbridge, Wales: D. Brown and Sons. 1985. (translated & edited by William Linnard) North Wales
Miners 1833-1972 Thompson, Ceri. From The Cradle To The Coalmine: The Story Of Children In Welsh Mines. Cardiff, Wales: University of Wales Press. 2014.
Rural Life 1905-2000 Evans, Hywel Gwyn. Twenty 20 Memories. Carmarthenshire, Wales: Carmarthenshire County Council Libraries and Community Learning Section. 2006.
Iron Workers 1700s-1900 Hayman, Richard. Working Iron in Merthyr Tydfil. Merthyr Tydfil: Merthyr Tydfil Heritage Trust. 1989. Merthyr Tydfil
Housing 1775-1875 Lowe, Jeremy Burman. Welsh industrial workers housing, 1775-1875. Cardiff: National Museum of Wales. 1985. Wales
Rural Life 1879-1883 Griffiths, Elizabeth Mary, Arthur Edward Griffiths, Richard Price Griffiths, David Leitch, and Sheila Leitch. A Radnorshire farm diary, 1879-1883. Glasbury, Wales: David and Sheila Leitch. 1999. Radnorshire
Town Life 1935- Ahearne, Brian. My greenhill far away: a Swansea boyhood. Swansea: Hafod History Society. 2002 Swansea, Glamorgan
Rural Life 1959 Emmett, Isabel. A North Wales village: a social anthropological study. London: Routledge & Paul. 1964. Llanfrothen, Merioneth
1776-2005 Roberts, Margaret. Through thick and thin: memories of Llanfairfechan, North Wales : 1776-2005. [Place of publication not identified]: HenBlas Publishing. 2006. Llanfairfechan
Rural Life 1775-1875 Lowe, Jeremy B. Welsh country workers housing 1775-1875. Cardiff: National Museum of Wales. 1985. Wales
Mining 1900-1930 Evans, George Ewart. "Miners and Mining." In From the Mouths of Men. London: Faber and Faber. 1976.
Mining 1840's Great Britain (British Parliamentary Papers). Children's Employment Commission: first report of the Commissioners, mines. Irish University Press. 1968. England, Scotland, Wales
Town Life 1880-1890 Loxton, William. The Swansea I remember: the town in the 1880s and 90s. Swansea: Sou'wester Books.1990. Swansea, Glamorgan
Childhood 1895-1939 Grenfell-Hill, Jeffrey. Growing up in Wales - Collected Memories of Childhood in Wales 1895-1939. Llandysul, Ceredigion, Wales: Gomer Press. 1996. (178 pages) Abertillery, Cardiff, Glanaman, Llanelli, Rhondda, Swansea, Tonypandy
Photos 1919-2006 Britian from Above. Aerial photography. England, Scotland, Wales