Royal Commission Archive Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – December 2023
Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. The archival items, as well as library books and journal articles, are all available to view in our public reading room. The full archive catalogue is available on Coflein and contains digital copies of many of the items listed. All publications may be found on our online Library Catalogue.
Our Library and reading room is open:
We are open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 – 16:00, Wednesday 10:30-16:30
An appointment is advisable.
Archive items have been added to the following collections in the past month:
- General Digital Donations Collection
- Investigators’ Digital Photography
- Investigators’ TLS Survey
- UAV – Investigators’ UAV Survey
- AENT – Archaeological Reports/Evaluations (non Trust)
- Richard Hayman Historic Buildings Recording Archive
- Emergency Recording Collection
- AWP – Archaeology Wales Project Archives
- Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust Project Archives
Many of these items are hard copy, including large scale plans, photographs and reports, and are available to view in our searchroom in Aberystwyth; others are digital and can be viewed on our online catalogue Coflein.
Now catalogued and available on Coflein:
Built soon after 1845 when work commenced on the Chester and Holyhead Railway engineered by Robert Stephenson, Flint station and the other buildings were designed by Francis Thompson, architect for the line.
The footbridge was built in July 1884 and has several distinctive decorative features which it shares with other footbridges on the Chester to Holyhead line., including the cast iron balusters of the staircase featuring elegant intertwined elliptical and circular elements with wheel-like motifs, reminiscent of railway locomotive or wagon wheels.
The proposed removal of this 19th century footbridge led to a requirement for built heritage recording in order to fulfil a planning condition attached to Listed Building Consent.
Read more in our site record here: Flint Railway Station | Coflein
Tabernacl Methodist Chapel, Conwy, dated 1885 (originally built in 1802), is in the Simple Round-Headed style of the gable entry type of chapel. The Grade II listed chapel closed in 2011and later went into private ownership. It is now a multi-functional venue including B&B accommodation. Original features including the balcony, organ, pulpit have been retained.
Read more in our site record here: Tabernacl Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Church, Chapel St and York Place, Conwy;Conway | Coflein
The inscriptions read:
“The fire my glittering Father is
Th’ Earth’s my Mother kind
The Sea my Younger Brother is
But me no man can find”
To the right, under a depiction of the crescent moon and stars is written:
“Who can stand against his cold”
These inscriptions are evocative of the kind of detail that the fashionable Liberty store was designing around that time, and the whole room has Arts and Crafts design featues.
Built in the late 19th century, No.14 High Street, Cardiff was originally a draper’s shop with offices above. The Arts and Craft detail on the first floor was probably designed in 1899 by George Halliday, when he created ‘The New Dorothy Café’ in the building, a luxury tea house with Halliday’s hallmark of traditional wood panelling creating a luxurious environment while enjoying excellent produce and service. Cardiff Directories show that the Dorothy Café and Restaurant continued at No.14 High Street until the mid-20th century.
Plans to develop the Grade II listed building in the centre of Cardiff into flats and retail space were approved in 2021, and this survey was carried out to record the building before redevelopment.
Read more in our site record here: High Street, 14 & 15 (E. Side), Cardiff | Coflein
Blast from the Past
Each month we will show an earlier image/s taken from our archive relating to one of the sites above. The aerial photograph below is from our Aerofilms collection, and shows the town of Flint in 1920, reference: WPW003055. You can see the railway with the footbridge in the centre right of the photo. This photograph is available on Coflein.
If you have any comments or enquiries, please feel free to contact us:
NMRW Library and Enquiries Service
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
Ceredigion SY23 3BU
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