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.


* We are now on Twitter @RadnorshireSoc

* LIBRARY RELOCATION – The Society’s Library has been moved to Dolmynach House, Bridge St, Rhayader, LD6 5AG.

For Access contact the Secretary here

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
  • Bryndraenog
  • 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-