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Royal Commission Archive Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – June 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, 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:

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:

Digital photograph of y Garreg Siglo bardic complex, Pentre Bach, Pontypridd, produced and donated by Paul Davis in 2020. Reference: PRD_08_147_001.

The first and innermost group of twelve stones was erected around 1795 by Edward Williams, also known as Iolo Morganwg, probably modelled a nearby prehistoric ring cairn. The rocking stone or Y Garreg Siglo at the centre was the focal point for Bardic ceremonies.

Read more in or site record: https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/275888

Digital copy of printed plan showing ‘Pen Dinas N[orth] Gate of S[outh] Fort and Isthmus Gate’. Produced as part of excavation project at Pen Dinas, Aberysywyth, in the 1930s. Reference: PDEC_02_04 – Pen Dinas Excavation Collection.

Pendinas, the largest Iron Age hillfort in Ceredigion is prominent from many miles around. It was crowned in the nineteenth century by the Wellington Monument (NPRN 32637). Excavations by C Daryll Forde between 1933-7 investigated parts of the fort, and four main phases of development were established. Read more in our site record here: https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/92236

CHERISH Project reconstruction image of the excavated and reconstructed Romano-British roundhouse within Dinas Dinlle coastal fort, Gwynedd. Artwork by Wessex Archaeology. Reference: CH2022_067_003.

These images are among the most vivid recreations of prehistoric and Roman life that we have for Wales. They fire the imagination and will help the people of Wales imagine what life was like at the coast edge, 2000 years ago’. Dr Toby Driver, RCAHMW.

You can see a new animation which tells the climate story of this Gwynedd coastal village from the Ice Age to the Second World War on the CHERISH Project website here: https://cherishproject.eu/en/project-news/news/turning-back-time-at-dinas-dinlle/

Read more on our site record here: https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/95309

Photograph showing Capel Salem.
Photograph showing Capel Salem, organ.

Photographs showing Capel Salem, Porthmadog front exterior and the organ. Part of a photographic record of the chapel received as a condition of planning permission. References: ERC2023_008_006  and ERC2023_008_021

Salem Independent Chapel in High Street, Porthmadog, was originally built in 1827, enlarged in 1841, rebuilt in 1860. The present chapel, dated 1860, has a fine (and early) example of a giant arch breaking through the gable pediment – the trademark feature of the important chapel architect Thomas Thomas of Landore. See more in our site record here: https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/11914

Photograph showing the statue of Cranogwen (Sarah Jane Rees) at Llangrannog Community Gardens, taken in June 2023 at its unveiling. Reference: DS2023_443_005.

The figurative, life-size statue of Cranogwen (Sarah Jane Rees, 1839-1916) by sculptor Sebastien Boyesen was unveiled at Llangranog Community Garden on 10 June 2023. This is the third of the five projected statues of Welsh women to be erected in public spaces by the Welsh Monumental Women’s Group which mark the contribution of named women to enhancing social life in Wales, especially in the field of gender equality. See more in our site record here: https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/800107.

Contact us

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
Penglais Road
Ceredigion SY23 3BU

Telephone: +44 (0)1970 621200
Email: nmr.wales@rcahmw.gov.uk
Website: rcahmw.gov.uk

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