Start of our new programme

As the risks from Covid appear to be receding we have made a tentative start to a new programme of events. It is probably needless to say but this programme may need to change if circumstances deteriorate.

FIELD SECTION: Saturday 23 October 2021, 10.00 am: Castle Bank Hillfort and Gilwern Common

A date for your diaries. Following the recent launch of his video entitled Castle Bank Hillfort, https://youtu.be/1HcvQdVLP3Y, Julian Ravest will lead a Field Section walk of archaeological and historical interest to the site of this hillfort near the Howey to Hundred House road. As well as the hillfort, sites to visit include some bronze age cairns and a stone row, as well as later features related to medieval farming on the common and other incursions onto this archaeologically rich common.

Park at grid reference SO 07948 56913.

There will be some off-path walking. Field Section members will receive an email from the Secretary, Elsa Harflett, with further details nearer the time. If you are interested but are not on email, please ring 01597 860894.

On Friday October 8th 7pm we are having a talk from Philip Hume at New Radnor Village Hall entitled The King’s Writ does not run here: The Welsh Marcher Lordships.

Philip is also leading our day outing on the Saturday October 9th which is a day trip to Montgomery to see the Castle, and a talk and look at the architecture and history of the town with local historians visiting the Museum. 11 am at the castle picnic or arrange your own lunch, tea together somewhere. Own transport.

I want to hold a Coffee Morning and Book Sale. We have been donated a large number of history, archaeology and general books, and a few local ones for us to sell to provide funds for our library and archive. Suggestions for a venue please

The AGM will be on Saturday November 13th at 2pm in the Metropole in Llandrindod when we shall all have the opportunity to meet our new President and hear about our exciting project to produce a new history of Radnorshire.

Our delayed Society Anniversary dinner is rescheduled for Friday December 3rd at 6.30pm the Metropole.

Fuller details of the last 2 and the list of the Winter Walks will be sent out with your AGM papers.

Library now open

We are very pleased to announce that the Library and Archive are now open. There are still Covid restrictions in force so masks must still be worn within and social distancing enforced. In order to control distancing within the limited space available, we ask anyone wishing to visit the Dolmynach house to contact the librarian, Brian Matthews beforehand.

Notes and Queries: New Pages on Website

Our Secretary, Elizabeth Newman, has compiled a set of Notes and Queries which has been sent out to members whose email address we hold. they can also be viewed through this website.

Issue 1 is HERE

Issue 2 is HERE

Issue 3 is HERE

Issue 4 is HERE

Welcome to The Radnorshire Society

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 is issued annually in a bound volume and is an important scholarly publication incorporating academic research and archive material.

Radnorshire from Above by Chris Musson

The Society has just reprinted Radnorshire from Above by Chris Musson, one of the pioneers of the application of aerial photography to archaeology.  This superb book is a celebration of the history, archaeology and landscapes of Radnorshire as seen from the air. This highly popular and acclaimed book has been out of print since its first printing rapidly sold out in early 2014.  It is lavishly filled with amazing and beautiful photographs accompanied by Chris’s informative and authoritative text.  The stunning images of traces still visible in the landscape show the county’s history spanning over 4,000 years.

Click here for more details

Radnorshire Society Facebook Page

The Radnorshire Society has just started a Facebook page to showcase views, news, observations and any other information on the history and culture of Radnorshire. This is an open forum so all input is encouraged, not only from Society members but from everyone who has an interest in this old county. Other societies with a common aim are also welcome to post information of their Radnorshire activities.

A few posts have already been posted and we hope over time that this will expand significantly as the Page becomes more widely known. This is your Page – drop in and join the conversation.  Bookmark it, tag your friends, share it and like it: 👍


Archive and Library

Thanks to the great work by Lloyd Lewis and the Librarian Brian Matthews and many others, the Society’s Archive and Library continues to develop as a centre for research into the history of Radnorshire.  The Society’s extensive collection of books, documents and photographs are available to researchers and the curious.  The work of cataloguing the growing collection continues and ensures that it is readily available in appropriate surroundings and is easily searched.  Society members and others are encouraged to visit Dolmynach House and see for themselves.  There is a wealth of information for everyone with an interest in Radnorshire history. The Library and Archive is open Tuesday mornings or by special appointment.

See our Library page for more details.

Some past talks and interesting books

New Book: Edward I’s Conquest of Wales

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The first scholarly account of the English conquest of Wales to be published for 100 years is now available. The book provides insights into the character of the chief protagonists with an analysis of the [...]

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