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Fire People

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This tour takes you around Merthyr Tydfil and the surrounding countryside, highlighting some of the more interesting and accessible locations in Alexander Cordell's famous book The Fire People about the Merthyr Rising of May 1831. The novel features Dic Penderyn the first Welsh martyr of the working class, and describes with great detail life in this ninetheenth century town.

"Before the Castle In twenty-two people lay dead - men, women and children..... There were many who died that were not recorded, dragged into attics and cellars by terrified relatives; many of these died for want of medical attention and were buried in secret graves...." The Fire People

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