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Dymock Arms, Penley, prior to refurbishment

Royal Commission Archive Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – May 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.

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:

Dymock Arms, Penley, after fire damage in 2010
Dymock Arms, Penley, prior to refurbishment
Dymock Arms, Penley; the top photograph was taken in 2012, after fire damage in 2010, and prior to refurbishment (ref: DS2014_279_025). The bottom photograph was taken in 2006, before the fire and received in the course of Emergency Recording (Ref: ERC2023_001_140_002).

The Dymock Arms is situated in Penley village alongside the A539 road between Ruabon and Whitchurch. The much-altered building was originally a c1600, timber-frame farmhouse, but now has rendered mostly brick walls. The pub’s name is said to be after the local landed Dymock family.

See more in our site record here: https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/35796

Photograph showing Drefach War Memorial; photograph of statue (east), taken 5th October 2015, received in the course of Emergency Recording. Reference: ERC2023_001_142_009.
Photograph showing Drefach War Memorial; photograph of statue (east), taken 5th October 2015, received in the course of Emergency Recording. Reference: ERC2023_001_142_009.

The men of the parish who fell during the Great War are commemorated on the War Memorial which sits in the village alongside the main road, on the south side of A475. The memorial, of c.1922, was probably made by E. Jones of Llanybydder. It is a white marble statue of a soldier at ease with rifle by his right side and his left leg slightly raised on a cannon.

See more in our site record here: https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/419534

Image taken from a Terrestrial Laser Scanning Survey of Ysgol Abersoch, Gwynedd showing entrance. Survey carried out by Dr Jayne Kamintzis, 16/01/2023. Reference: TLS2023_001_03_02
Image taken from a Terrestrial Laser Scanning Survey of Ysgol Abersoch, Gwynedd showing entrance. Survey carried out by Dr Jayne Kamintzis, 16/01/2023. Reference: TLS2023_001_03_02

Ysgol Abersoch is a timber-framed school that opened its doors on 21st January 1924 for 23 children, following a campaign to provide a schoolof the children of the village. Previous to the Abersoch School being built, children had to walk to Sarn Bach for their education. The school closed in December 2021/January 2022, with pupils transferring to Ysgol Sarn Bach.

You can view a video flythrough of the registered point cloud from the survey here.

See more in our site record here: https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/800031

Photograph showing overhead view of Solva Lime Kilns 1-4, taken on the 17/04/2023. Reference: UAV2023_002_017
Photograph showing overhead view of Solva Lime Kilns 1-4, taken on the 17/04/2023. Reference: UAV2023_002_017

The Solva Lime Kilns are a group of 4 recently consolidated limekilns at the high water mark in Solva harbour.

Lime kilns are a characteristic feature along the coastlines of west Wales. They are predominantly of 19th century date, although some were built prior to that, and some continued in use into the 20th century. They were used for burning limestone to make lime for use in agriculture and building. The former through spreading on the fields as a fertiliser and to counteract soil acidity, and the latter to make lime mortar.

See more in our site record here: https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/40731

Photograph showing low-level view of the wreck of the ALTMARK, taken on 19/04/2023, looking east. The stern post assembly is nearest to the camera. Reference: UAV2023_003_008
Photograph showing low-level view of the wreck of the ALTMARK, taken on 19/04/2023, looking east. The stern post assembly is nearest to the camera. Reference: UAV2023_003_008

The wreck of the ALTMARK is located towards the northern end of Kenfig Sands. The wreck alternates between being well-buried and very exposed, depending on the sand-levels prevailing on the beach. When exposed, much of the lower hull is visible, albeit covered in concrete ballast that was commonly poured into the bottoms of wooden vessels of this type and date of construction.

The ALTMARK was built for the Admiralty in 1945 and was sold out of service in 1959 where it was owned at Milford Haven by Sinclairs, before passing into the hands of R W Downs. The ALTMARK was on a short trip from Briton Ferry to Barry, with only one man, the skipper, on board on the 12th July 1961. The engine failed and there was no crew to assist. The vessel drifted and was driven onto the sands by southwesterly winds. The Mumbles Lifeboat stood by and the coastguard took the skipper off. The vessel was abandoned on the beach.

The site was visited by the RCAHMW on the 19th April 2023 in order to confirm its location and was recorded with a photogrammetry survey.

See more in our site record here: https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/240688

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
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30/06/2023

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