In pictures: A Collection of 28 Fascinating Drawings of Historic Monuments and Architectural Details
These beautiful drawings have been produced by the Royal Commission in the course of its recording and investigation work, or received as donations from the public. They illustrate a few aspects of the rich and diverse heritage of Wales, and are only some of the many thousands of illustrations publically available in the archive of the Royal Commission in Aberystwyth, or on Coflein, the Royal Commission’s online database.
Since 1908 the Royal Commission has been surveying, recording and collecting information on the historic environment of Wales, including the nation’s vernacular architecture, ecclesiastical, industrial and maritime heritage, and documenting the changing face of the Welsh historic landscape.
They were created by draughtsmen who followed detailed survey notes, measured plans and sections, produced by the survey and recording team while in the field.
Many of these surveys were the basis of innovative cutaway and reconstruction drawings depicting historic houses, mansions, hillforts, castles and industrial sites as they would have looked many hundreds of years ago.
The Royal Commission’s surveys form a vast collection of drawings, depicting famous Welsh landmarks, landscapes and buildings in Wales.