The Lost City of Trellech

Discussion in 'Wales/Cymru' started by dlx1, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. dlx1

    dlx1 Sitting by phone waiting for a call

    It's like the Welsh Atlantis - except that we know for sure that Trellech actually existed. Trellech was once the biggest city in Wales, bigger even than Cardiff. In 1296 it was thriving - but two hundred years later it was gone, devastated by war, plague and crop failure.

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  2. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    Wasn't Cardiff basically a village until a couple fo hundred years ago? Wales had very little urbanisation until industrialisation.

    There was also a town under Kenfig sands that was drowned by sea dunes if I remeber correctly. This kind of think is more common than people realise, Dunwich is Suffolk was one of the richest and most important towns in England until it fell into the sea.

    If you were really looking for a Welsh Atlantis the legend of Cantref Mawr in Cardigan Bay is closer.
     
  3. niclas

    niclas Well-Known Member


    Isn't it the legend of Cantre'r Gwaelod in Cardigan Bay?
     
  4. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    Thats what I meant Cantref Gwaelod not Cantref Mawr, Doh :oops:

    Much of Cardigan Bay was dry land until a few thousand years ago, you can still see tree stumps etc sometimes when there are very low tides.
     
  5. Dai Sheep

    Dai Sheep Active Member

    Nice find...I didnt realise we had urbanisations that big here: quarter the size of London is still a fair size for those times, especially in relation to Wales.
     
  6. Gavin Bl

    Gavin Bl terrible awful baaad

    At the height of its steel boom, Merthyr was bigger than Cardiff!:eek: :p
     
  7. niclas

    niclas Well-Known Member

    But where the feck is Trellech? Typical London-centric media to say Trellech, Wales. We wanna know whether is Gog or Hwntw, sub-Scouse or nasal Anglesey, Kerdiff or Jack!
     
  8. Dai Sheep

    Dai Sheep Active Member

    Most definitely Hwntw, it's 5 miles south of Monmouth apparently...

    http://www.archaeology.co.uk/directory/viewdig.asp?cat=1&dig=161
     
  9. joffle

    joffle New Member

    thats very interesting! A quarter the size of london is fecking huge for nowadays let alone then.

    Just out of interest, how big is cardiff in relation to london? :confused:
     
  10. joffle

    joffle New Member

    cool you can go help them out it says! Anyone want an urban archeological dig!!? :D
     
  11. bonheddwr

    bonheddwr New Member

    Cardiff 300,000
    London 7,000,000

    Therefore London is more than 20 times the size of Cardiff, and if you include the outskirts, that some people call London, the total is 11/12 million.

    London has more than double the population of the whole of Wales.
     
  12. joffle

    joffle New Member

    so Trellech could have had 2milliion inhabitants!? How does a city like that just disappear!?
     
  13. joffle

    joffle New Member

    Or thinking about this..........Does it mean it was quarter the size of Medieval London??
     
  14. Dai Sheep

    Dai Sheep Active Member

    They mean medieval London, which would have been nowhere near as big as todays London.
     
  15. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    Aye Medieval London was just the square mile of the City of London.

    Until relatively recent times most Cities were tiny compared to modern metropolises.
     

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