Christmas in Monmouthshire

By Carol Ann Lewis

General fiction | Paperback


"Sing a mournful song of Christmas, we have no Christmas now" stated the Monmouthshire Merlin of 1836. In the early 19th century Christmas was almost non existent, then in 1848, the London Illustrated News printed a picture of Queen Victoria and her family around their Christmas tree. The popularity of Christmas would soar again, but why had it fallen out of favour in the first place? What was Plygain, the Mari Llwyd, and Watch Night? How did the rich of Monmouthshire celebrate? What did the poor do at Christmas? How did people decorate their homes? What did they do for entertainment? Discover the answers to this and much more in Christmas in Monmouthshire.



Carol Ann Lewis was born in South Wales in 1969. She attended Mount Pleasant Primary School and then Llantarnam Comprehensive school where she had poetry lessons with Gillian Clarke. She later wrote history articles for a local newsletter that was published around the town. The articles became a regular feature even though the editor had originally said they might run for one or two issues at the most because Cwmbran had no history before it became a new town. In 2002 she won a poetry competition run by the Western Mail and the Samaritans. The judge was Patrick Jones who presented prizes at a night of poetry at Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon. She is the current secretary of Cwmbran Writers Group and has contributed to their publications. She has studied history and heritage with the University of South Wales. She has four children and six grandchildren


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Carol Ann Lewis was born in South Wales in 1969. She attended Mount Pleasant Primary School and then Llantarnam Comprehensive school where she had poetry lessons with Gillian Clarke. She later wrote history articles for a local newsletter that was published around the town. The articles became a regular feature even though the editor had originally said they might run for one or two issues at the ...


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