Category Archives: History

Field Names of Wales – Enwau Caeau Cymru

Field names are much more attractive and memorable then Welsh Government identifying numbers. One of the benefits of learning Welsh is a better understanding of the meaning of these names, as well as a better chance of pronouncing them correctly! Mae’r enwau caeau mwy tlws a llawer mwy cofiadwy na rhifau caeau o’r Llywodraeth Cymru Ers dwi wedi dysgu Cymraeg, dwi wedi mwynhau yn deall … Continue reading Field Names of Wales – Enwau Caeau Cymru »

Phoenix Works – How to use an English Scythe

A week ago, fellow Scythe Association. member Chris Riley posted a link to an interesting article on the history of the Phoenix works on the group list. Like Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Phoenix works was based in the Sheffield area and were manufacturers of English scythe blades and sickles. The article is fascinating and can be read in full here. One of the best bits of … Continue reading Phoenix Works – How to use an English Scythe »

Visit to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

On a recent trip to the Peak District I visited Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet. The hamlet was a place of metal working from 1697 until 1933, making scythes and other edge tools. Scythe blades from here were sent all over the world. Much of the hamlet is presented as it would have been in the 18th century when water was used to power the machinery of … Continue reading Visit to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet »