The Radnorshire Society, established in 1930, is concerned with the archaeology and history of the historic county of Radnorshire (now part of Powys).
We welcome new members, whether they live in Radnorshire or further afield. Benefits of membership include access to our Archive and Library, a copy of the current year’s Radnorshire Society Transactions, plus lectures and field visits to local sites of interest.
An Executive Committee manages a programme of public lectures and excursions, oversees the running of the Society’s local history library, (including its important archive of Radnorshire related material), and deals with a wide range of enquiries from correspondents world-wide.
The Field section is the research arm of the society. It organises a separate programme of talks, research, and field trips, and also publishes an annual illustrated newsletter.
The Transactions of the Society, issued annually in a bound volume, is an important scholarly publication incorporating academic research and archive material.
Local Town and Country Shows
Remember that there are many Town and Country Shows in our area. Forthcoming events are:
- Rhayader Carnival is on Sat 22nd of July and preceding week
- Pant Y Dwr Show is on Saturday 19th August
- Elan Valley show is on Monday 28th August
- Nantmel is on Sat 23rd September (TBC)
Rhayader Museum and Gallery, www.carad.org.uk, wish to document and record Rhayader Carnival, which has been in existence since the Royal opening of the Elan Valley Dams in 1904, and four of the local Shows; Elan Valley, Pantydwr, Pont Ar Elan and Nantmel. Nantmel celebrates its 40th Birthday next year, 2017. Their website provides details
These are community celebrations which are important in the area. They are popular, grass roots events run by local volunteers and often taken for granted by people who may not see how special they are, how fragile, (foot and mouth had a devastating effect on the shows which are just recovering their numbers of attendees now,) and how important to the health of our community. In their way, our celebrations document changes in society. This is most obvious in the choice and change in subjects for fancy dress and floats which often reflect national popular culture as well as local issues. The smaller agricultural Shows reflect this change to a lesser extent but are still an important reflection of an often under recorded way of life in rural Wales.
New book on Radnorshire Flyers
In April 2016 Philip Jones spoke to the Society on Military Flyers of Radnorshire. His fascinating new book, titled “Early Birds and Boys in Blue: A century of Radnorshire aviation”, has now been published.
Phillip Jones is a member of the Radnorshire Society and he has just published a thoroughly researched book which covers a century of aviation in Radnorshire.
The book starts with the first flyers in Radnorshire in 1912 and then covers the First World War, Exhibition flyers in the inter-war era when aerial displays were popular on the Ddole Field alongside the river Ithon, before providing details of the contribution made by the men of Radnorshire to the aerial combat in World War Two. The book includes an intriguing section on crash-landings in Radnorshire, during the war and the post-war era.
Phillip has spent 25 years researching his topic. It is full of personal memories as well as technical detail of many of the aeroplanes pictured in the book. This substantial 262 page book is available from Logaston Press for £12.95 incl. P&P, and from your local bookshop. Click here for more details.
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Field Section Newsletter No. 45
The latest Field Section Newsletter, No. 45, is now out. Copies may be collected by members of the Field Section from Anne Goodwin at Field Section meetings. It contains articles related to 2016 meetings as well as other articles concerning Radnorshire. Main articles include:
- Down your Way – Llanbister
- Rhosgoch Bog
- Pantcaragle Farmhouse & St Michael’s Church, Beguildy/Bugeildy
- Life on the Eppynt
- Traditional Farmhouse Kitchens
- Sheepdog Trials
- Pony Trotting
- Sir George Cornewall Lewis
- Rev. John Griffiths Portway
New book on Thomas Jones
The first, full-length biography of the eighteenth century landscape artist Thomas Jones (1742-1803) has just been published. It draws together his varied life as a painter, first in London then in Italy where he spent over six years, then as a country squire at Pencerrig in Radnorshire.
At Pencerrig he supervised the farmwork and was involved in several landscaping projects. He continued to paint. In his later years he wrote his lively memoirs based largely on his experiences in London, Rome and Naples.
The author lived for in a corner of the Pencerrig estate for over 20 years and was a member of the Radnorshire Society.
-14 March 2017-
The Society’s Library has been moved to Dolmynach House, Bridge St, Rhayader, LD6 5AG.
For Access contact the Secretary here.