3,500 years ago, an international demand for Cornish tin put Cornwall at the centre of an international arms trade. Mixed with copper, Cornish tin made high quality weapons, giving birth to the British Bronze Age. Hermione Cockburn discovers what happened when American media mogul and inspiration for Citizen Kane William Randolph Hearst, made a run-down castle with a sea view into a little hideaway for him and his mistress on the Welsh coast. Neil Oliver visits Porthcawl to trace the history of the Welsh Great Escape. Written by
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[talking about Victorian swimwear
There was a strict dress code. And quite a double standard for men and women.
The Victorian lady had to be very properly dressed when she went into the water. And these are the kinds of things that they wore - you needed a good pair of pantaloons, below the knee, obviously, to preserve her modesty; and then a kind of dress or smock over the top. And these were sometimes weighted down with lead pellets round the hem to stop them floating up.
Lead is what you ...