- July 2001 · 288pages · 234x156mm
- ·Paperback - 9780708316979
This work examines how the Welsh became absorbed into London’s population yet retained aspects of Welsh culture from language to Eisteddfod, through societies. The study begins with the earliest contacts with the Welsh in Tudor London, through the Anglicization of the gentry to conformity and renaissance of Welsh literature in the 18th century. The book concludes with a series of essays noting the contributions of the London-Welsh to various aspects of Welsh life, and aspects of assimilation and acculturation, with a view from Wales of the nature of the London-Welsh migrant. The main concern of the study is with the lives of migrants as a whole, however the final chapter of the book deals more systematically with contributions to Welsh life through the achievements of individuals.
'At long last we have a history of the Welsh in London which does justice to the inherent interest and importance of the subject, written by one of the leading urban geographers of our time, and which succeeds, in a most convincing manner, in providing a full and rounded account of its subject. It is written in a plain and unfussy style, often with wit and humour. It is well illustrated andis altogether a pleasure to read. The author is reassuringly familiar with all the places he refers to, and he takes an infectious pleasure in the perambulations, which his readers are invited to enjoy his company. Though scholarly and fully annotated, the book will appeal equally to the curious reader and the well-informed scholar.' (Archaeologia Cambrensis, Vol 150)