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Royal Commission Archive Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – March 2024

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.

Archif ~ Archives

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:

Caerleon campus, Newport following demolition. Oblique aerial photograph taken during the Royal Commission’s programme of archaeological aerial reconnaissance by Toby Driver on 29 April 2022.

Post-War buildings to the side and rear of the Grade II listed Former Caerleon Teacher Training College Building were considered not to meet the criteria for listing, including the innovative Rathmell Faculty of Art and Design Building designed in the 1980s by Norman Robson-Smith, and built of glass and steel to allow full natural light into the studios.

John Newman in ‘The Buildings of Wales: Monmouthshire’ (2002), pp. 142-3, described the building as a ‘splendid cascade of steel and glass’.

The Campus closed in 2016, and in 2021 the modern buildings, including the Rathmell Building, were demolished. See more on our site record.

Oblique low-view of Porthclais Harbour breakwater, from seaward, taken at high tide at 7.00 am on 11 March 2024. Ref: 2024-03-18_2109.

The sheltered inlet at Porthclais has a long history, being used as a landing point since the earliest maritime activity in the area. Documentary sources attest to cargoes being landed here in the 1380s, destined for St Davids Cathedral, and Elizabethan documents list Porthclais amongst the harbours of Pembrokeshire in 1566. Porthclais is also noted as the historical landing place of the mythical boar Twrch Trwyth in the Mabinogian although sadly no trace of this event is visible today.

By the early 20th century, the breakwater was in a ruinous state, the main arm being comprised of little more than a series of boulders and rocks. The harbour was visited by Douglas Hague (RCAHMW) in the early 1970s whose photos indicate further deterioration of the breakwater, although the western face of the return arm appears to still be intact. Hague’s visit took place shortly before the breakwater and adjacent quays were restored under the stewardship of the National Trust.

The main breakwater and adjacent structures were recorded by the RCAHMW in February 2022 and a 3D model of the resulting dataset can be viewed online here:

Cymraeg: https://skfb.ly/oEQDU

English: https://skfb.ly/oFGH9

Read more in our site record.

Views of Ysgol David Hughes, Porthaethwy, B14 classroom, and staircase and trophy cabinet in reception area, part of a Photographic survey of Ysgol David Hughes, produced by Meilyr Powel and Susan Fielding of RCAHMW, 10 August 2023. Ref: UAV2023_201 and DS2023_068.

Ysgol David Hughes is a bilingual comprehensive school in Menai Bridge, Anglesey. The school’s purpose-built buildings, designed by County Architect N. Squire Johnson, were officially opened on Friday 26 April 1963, and cost £300,000 to build. Attending its official opening were Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon.

This photo survey of the school is one of a series of surveys being carried out by Commission staff to record and interpret Welsh twentieth century schools as they come under threat of closure and possible demolition. Read more on the context to this work in our blog ‘Old School, New School’. Read more in our site record for Ysgol David Hughes.

Digitised copy of hand-drawn, colour 'memory' map, created by Sidney Perkins in 1970. Called 'Brynyrodyn Maesybont a'r Cylch', the map features local farms, chapels and notable landmarks, along with information such as the names of the families who lived there, and memories associated with various locations.


Above is a digitised copy of hand-drawn, colour ‘memory’ map, created by Sidney Perkins in 1970. Called ‘Brynyrodyn Maesybont a’r Cylch’, the map features local farms, chapels and notable landmarks, along with information such as the names of the families who lived there, and memories associated with various locations.

The image below shows the level of detail in the map, which was kindly loaned by Glenys McBurnie for digitisation. Ref: DD2024_005.
Detail of a digitised copy of hand-drawn, colour 'memory' map, created by Sidney Perkins in 1970. Called 'Brynyrodyn Maesybont a'r Cylch', the map features local farms, chapels and notable landmarks, along with information such as the names of the families who lived there, and memories associated with various locations.

Blast from the Past

Each month we will show an earlier image taken from our archive relating to one of the sites above. The image below is one of four photos of the Rathmell building at Caerleon Campus, taken by our investigator Iain Wright in June 1998 (ref: 6025319).

photo showing the Rathmell building at Caerleon Campus, taken in June 1998

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
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion SY23 3BU

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

Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a’r Saesneg | Correspondence welcomed in Welsh and English

29/04/2024

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