- The Monmouth Canal
has a 40 kilometer stretch without locks, the longest stretch without locks in Britain.
- In 1945 67 German POWs escaped from Island Farm Camp, Bridgend. This was the biggest
break-out in Britain but they
were all re-captured.
- The largest pumped storage hydro electric scheme in Europe is situated at
Tanygrisau, making use of
one of the regions most abundant resources, water.
- Mining for copper ore on Parys Mountain in Anglesey was started in 1768, and it
was soon to become the world's
biggest opencast copper mine. Its run-down in the early nineteenth century caused great distress in the area.