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Old Impton, Norton


John describing porch The Field Section's excursion in August was to the remarkable farmhouse of Old Impton, Norton near Presteigne. Built in the mid sixteenth Old Impton Porch century this architecturally important building is complex, in that it is a mixture of styles, consisting of an old medieval hall and later storeyed ranges, some in stone and some in timber. Apart from being able to walk at will around this lovely building the group also enjoyed a fascinating talk by local historian, Keith Parker, who has just published his book 'The Story of Norton, Powys'. The afternoon concluded with a sumptuous tea provided by our hosts John Wilding and Sue - our grateful thanks to them both for making our visit so special.

Old Impton, Norton 2017-08-13T12:47:27+00:00

Nantmel – or “Nantmael”


On Sunday 9 July members of the Field Section met at Nantmel car park opposite the the now deserted village school.  After a short introduction by Richard Davies the group drove to Llanfihangel Helygen Church, on the road to Llanyre. There members were given an excellent, well researched talk by Norma Baird-Murray on the history of this charming isolated church with its large churchyard, box pews and double pulpit. The group retraced its steps along the A44 to Dolau Baptist Church in Nantmel village. There Mrs Frances Pugh and her niece Angela Powell gave a warm welcome with another interesting talk on the history of the church and its incumbents. it is a relatively large chapel with an old cemetery in front, full of Victorian graves, many of which [...]

Nantmel – or “Nantmael” 2017-08-13T15:20:29+00:00

Ciliau, Llandeilo Graban


    The first Radnorshire Society visit of the 2017 season was to the Ciliau near Erwood followed by a walk up Twyn y garth. At the Ciliau we were welcomed by the owner Mr Roger Capps who has lived in the house for several years. The house was originally a C16 open hall house with an integral chimney. Wall paintings probably dating from the C16 have been uncovered and are one of the most important features of the building. Later the ceiling and stairs were added to the hall, with other alterations in the C18. With nearly 40 in the group, it was split into two with some viewing the interior of the house, while others looked around the outside and the farm buildings. Much of the information [...]

Ciliau, Llandeilo Graban 2017-05-16T13:08:55+00:00

Researching Radnorshire


At the meeting of the Field Section on Sunday 19 March 2017 members heard from three speakers. Gwyneth Guy spoke about the free online resources available for researching the history and archaeology of Radnorshire. She emphasised the ease with which information can now be accessed and the detail that is readily available to researchers. This was demonstrated though a number of examples of ranging through archaeological records, books, ecclesiastical records, maps, historic wills and legal documents. Brian Matthews, our Librarian, picked up the theme through a presentation on the Radnorshire Society’s own Library and Archive. This valuable resource is now available at Dolmynach house in Rhayader. Volunteers are currently transferring earlier hand- and type-written lists into a searchable digital database. This will open up the wealth of information owned [...]

Researching Radnorshire 2017-03-21T09:56:05+00:00
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