While Ray is reticent to give us just one important moment, he can give us a few: from the formation of Grangetown as a grange in the early twelfth century to the dissolution of the monasteries and confiscation of their land. The year 1857, however, was the real catalyst for Grangetown today, when Parliament permitted the area’s exploitation for housing and industry. Perhaps its most tragic period came in 1941, when Grangetown was a major target in the Blitz, given the major gasworks in the area.

Q&A Video Series with Ray Noyes

In this Q&A video series with Ray Noyes, we find out about his background as an engineer working in physics research and how this helps him now he is a history author. We also learn about his top tips for other aspiring local historians and of his most highly prized discoveries.

  1. What Are the 3 Most Interesting Things You Have Found in Your History Research?
  2. Tell Us About Your Time at CERN
  3. How Did You Become so Heavily Involved in Grangetown’s History?
  4. How Does Your Physics Background Help You Write History?
  5. What Are Grangetown History Society’s Greatest Achievements?
  6. What Are the Three Most Interesting Things You Found in Your Physics Research?
  7. How Did Urban Development Become a Set Text at Cardiff University
  8. Do You Have Two Top Tips for Aspiring Local History Writers?
  9. Who Were the Windsor and Bute Families?
  10. What Was the Single Most Important Moment in Grangetown’s History?

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