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No One Remembers Pontypridd, The forgotten story of the 1893 National Eisteddfod of Wales

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  • No One Remembers Pontypridd, The forgotten story of the 1893 National Eisteddfod of Wales
  • ISBN: 9781399928526
  • Author: Sheldon Phillips
  • Publication: March 2023
  • Format: Paperback 240 x 170mm

Key features:

Compelling story of Pontypridd beating Chicago to host the 1893 National Eisteddfod

Its personal! The author is the great-nephew of David E. Phillips, General Secretary of the 1893 National Eisteddfod

Unusually, there is no formal report (transactions) for this Eisteddfod - this book puts the record straight, including a full list of competitions and prizewinners

Insight into Neo-Druidism and historical development of the National Eisteddfod

A window on the world of late 19th century south Wales and issues of the day social and economic growth but poverty and coalmining tragedy never far away

Unique unpublished images and maps


Rhondda Cynon Taf is hosting the 2024 National Eisteddfod which means Pontypridd will be involved in staging Wales premier cultural event for the first time since its only previous involvement in 1893 130 years ago!


With a foreword from the current Archdruid of Wales, Myrddin ap Dafydd, this book tells the forgotten and fascinating story of Pontypridds economic and cultural growth leading to a bid to host the National Eisteddfod of Wales. Pontypridd bid for the 1891 National Eisteddfod but lost out to Swansea in acrimonious circumstances. Then having thought they had been given the hosting rights for 1893 they found that they had to bid again against Neath, Llanelli and Chicago! The full story is told from the bidding process, to delivery of probably the greatest National Eisteddfod of the 19th century with its 20,000 seater pavilion, to the aftermath and there was an aftermath!

About the author

Sheldon was born in Pontllanfraith (Caerphilly County) but with family roots in Pontypridd. His interest in family history led him to discover his great uncles, including the General Secretary David E. Phillips, were heavily involved in Pontypridd hosting the 1893 National Eisteddfod. Sheldon has had a successful career in the sport and leisure industry including a role as Head of Major Events very appropriate given the subject matter of this book his first.

Gwasg Carreg Gwalch is selling on behalf of the Author