Photo: Llandrindod Lake
by David Chandler

Welsh History

Group leader: Martha Wooldridge -

You can also contact the group leader using our Interest Group enquiry form.

We meet at the Thomas Shop, Penybont (10:30 to 12:00 noon) on the 4th Wednesday of the month.


When thinking about the vast subject of "History" the original sub-group members decided to research the history of Wales, since many local U3A members have moved to our beautiful country but know little of its past - and even in Welsh schools little local history was studied.

Topics for 2018

We concluded the year 2017 with one of our highways and byways topics, the Welsh in Tennessee - the first Welshman went out with a land grant in 1635. There was significant Welsh migration to several states of the USA although the only migration which is normally referred to is the famous settlement in Patagonia, South America.

We start this year with the Reformation in Wales and the dissolution of the monasteries, including the beautiful Tintern and Strata Florida. We will also look briefly at the use and development of the Welsh language and literature and the first translation of the Bible into Welsh. We hope to find some more highways and byways to wander down as they are undoubtedly the most entertaining of our sessions. The beauty of them is their unpredictability.


Welsh history group visit to Ludlow on the 23rd May.

A wonderful day out to this historic town, including guided tours of both the castle (built in 1086) & the town which has over 500 listed medieval & Tudor buildings, including The Church of St Lawrence 15th century, and the 17th century Feathers hotel. It is worth noting that Ludlow was the administrative capital of Wales in the 16th century.

Photos by Jill de Gray Birch