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.



Friday 19th November at 7pm: Field Section Social Evening,

To be held at Fforest Inn, Llanfihangel Nant Melan

Saturday 20 November: Circular Walk: Coed Swydd

Mike Reynolds will lead the walk over Coed Swydd. Park at the Quarry by the Pales Meeting House, Llandegley, Grid Ref. SO137641 (see map attached). A circular walk of about 2 and a half miles up onto Coed Swydd hill to look at the Pillow Mounds and the Coed-Swydd enclosure. We will, hopefully, also get some good views about the future of the Pales


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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