Cambria House Journal

Name of traveller

Basque refugee children

Reason for travel

  • Basque refugees from Spanish Civil War

Date of travel


But however far away we may be, we shall never forget the workers of Wales who have helped us in these horrible times, and we shall never forget the good time these comrades have given us in Cambria House. (Cambria House Journal, No. 10, August 1939)


  • art: journal contains drawings by the children
  • customs: little engagement with Welsh language or culture as the children remain in self-contained groups
  • industry: affinity with the industrial south in particular
  • people: some tensions with the local population but the children are nevertheless supported in their plight by the mining community in particular
  • territory: in many ways, the stay in Wales appears as a big adventure, despite the distance from home
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Nationality of traveller

Basque, Spanish

Language of publication


Gender of traveller

Male, Female

Type of publication

illustrated journal


Various. Cambria House Journal (1938-39): n. pag. Caerleon Net. Web. 25 Feb. 2015.