The Iron Bridge by Val Bowden

Illustration of an iron bridge

Val Bowden is a teacher, pianist and poet. She was born in Tongwynlais and lived in the village until 1970. Val has written about her life in the village and been a fantastic source of information about life in the Ton. She has been writing poetry for over 30 years and published “Wading through Deep … more…

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Pixel Art Tongwynlais – Part 2

Pixel art illustration of an old country house

Pixel art describes a technique for creating digital illustrations at the individual pixel level. This type of art was the result of low resolution displays in early videogame systems. Today, our phone and computer displays have millions of pixels. Despite this, the art form is very popular and the “retro” videogame look is used in … more…

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Ten Years On: Looking Back

Tongwynlais.com 10 years logo

Today marks a decade since I launched Tongwynlais.com. I didn’t intend to create a hyperlocal website, it sort of happened accidentally. I relocated to South Wales in 1996, living in various parts of Cardiff and down in Barry. Then I moved to Tongwynlais and fell in love with the village. “This site should probably have … more…