Early Birds and Boys in Blue: A century of Radnorshire aviation Paperback, 272 pages, over 20 colour and 150 black and white photographs ISBN 978-1-910839-17 -1 £12.95 UK p&P free from publishers: http://www.logastonpress.co.uk/ In April 1912 Denys Corbett Wilson made an emergency landing near Colva en route to becoming the first to fly across the Irish Sea. That heroic flight heralded a flurry of aerial activity across Radnorshire and the following year air displays were becoming an accepted part of the summer’s entertainment. In 1914 a French balloon unexpectedly came to earth near New Radnor. With the start of the First World War the displays came to an end, but one of their effects may have been to encourage young Radnorshire men to join the Royal Flying Corps, the [...]
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.