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.
The Future of our Hills
Powys Uplands, Policy and Brexit
Day seminar – Expert speakers – Open to all
Saturday 21 October, 10am to 4pm
Knighton Hotel Knighton LD7 1BL
The Powys uplands have been shaped by traditional upland farming. Our hills are the backdrop to life in rural Powys and a magnet for walkers, riders and others. As well as being the upland farmers’ livelihood, they play a critical environmental role.
But what lies ahead? With the uncertainties of Brexit & inevitable policy changes, and the very serious challenges facing sheep farming, there is much discussion and speculation about potential changes in land use, including reforestation and rewilding, development for renewable energy, restoration to enhance biodiversity and the environment and payment for ecosystems services.
Brecon and Radnor CPRW is holding a day seminar with expert speakers [see below for speakers] open to all, to discuss the future of our uplands, on Saturday 21st October, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Knighton Hotel, Knighton, LD7 1BL.
………Booking is advised ……….Tel 01497 821668… email@example.com
Conflict and commemoration: the archaeology of the borderlands
Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust Day School 28 October 2117
9:00 – 16:30 The Monty Club, 11 Broad St, Newtown SY16 2LU
This Day School will explore the unique landscape of the borderlands which have been shaped over thousands of years by conflict. Talks by experts who have spent many years researching the area. Topics will cover Iron Age Hill forts, Offa’s dyke, medieval castles and kingdoms as well as recent work associated with the Newtown Bypass. There will be an exhibition by local societies and a weaving demonstration. Tickets available at £12, bookings can be made direct to CPAT or by email to Alex.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latest issue of Transaction published
The latest issue of The Transactions of The Radnorshire Society , dated 2016, has now been published and is being distributed to members. Articles included are:
The Somme 1916: from behind the front lines
A Radnorshire Clergyman in St Aseph Diocese
Radnorshire and Newspapers before 1804
Lordly Landscapes in post-Conquest Maelienydd
Eric Ree’s Lecture on Mary Morgan of Presteigne
Extracts from the Journal of Kathleen Price
Upland Place Names in North-East Radnorshire
Writing on the Wall
Archive and Library Closure
To allow for the final stages of the building work, the Society’s Archive and Library will be closed until the end of October. Any urgent enquiries concerning our collections should be addressed to the librarian, Brian Matthews, email@example.com
There will be a formal opening of the new premises at a date to be announced. Any member willing to assist in the movement of material to its new location within Dolmynach House should similarly contact Brian.
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.