Royal Commission Archive Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – November 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
- RCAHMW Colour Oblique Digital Aerial Photographs
- MOLA Chester 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:
Tai Duon Methodist Chapel was built in 1854 in the Vernacular style with a long-wall entry plan. It ceased to be widely used after the Libanus Chapel (NPRN 6783) opened in 1868 in a more convenient place in the village. The cemetery still in use. See ‘Blast from the past’ at the foot of the page for earlier photographs of the chapel.
Read more in our site record here: https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/11576
Chapel Trewen, Cwm-cou, Ceredigion began as a group of Independent worshippers meeting in local houses from 1672. The original chapel was built in 1737 and was rebuilt several times. The present building was designed by architect J.H. Morgan of Carmarthen and opened in 1921. The chapel is grade II listed as an unusual Arts-and-Crafts-influenced balanced asymmetrical design. A very rare example of interwar chapel design of high quality.
You can view a fly-though video of the chapel here: TLS2023_004_03_01 – Coflein Digital Asset Management (ibase.media)
Read more in our site record here: https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/97039
Terry Ball MBE worked in the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works, in the ancient-monuments drawing office as an illustrator in the 1960s-1990s, creating reconstruction drawings of sites such as castles and monasteries, as they would have looked when in use, By the 1990s, he was also producing a significant body of work for the Welsh heritage body, Cadw, of which this drawing of Tintern Abbey is an example. He is known to have taken months, consulting with historians and producing many drafts, in order to produce the most accurate depiction possible.
You can see more of his drawings of the Abbey here: “MM102-MIS-1D-17-008656” – Coflein Digital Asset Management (ibase.media)
St Peter and St Paul was built in 1969-1970 to the designs of local architect Ken Davies. The church had been previously been established in a wooden office building donated by the oil refinery at Llandarcy in 1964, and which now forms the ancillary block to the church.
The church has an open octagonal plan, formed of steel portal frames, supported by a circular ring at the apex. Internally the north and south windows have stained glass depictions of St Peter and St Paul, while the eastern cross is set with yellow and amber dalle de verre glass, suggested as inspired by the Maltese Cross of the Neath rugby team. A tall, pointed bell-frame that sits above the entrance. The bell had previously marked the shift changes at the nearby Melyn Tinplate works before its closure.
The church closed in 2022. An application to Cadw for listing was made from within the church community but, after assessment, the building was not deemed to be suitable for listing.
Read more in our site record here: https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/701560
The Scheduled Ancient Monument of Beili Bedw consists of the remains of a deserted rural settlement, probably dating to the medieval or post-medieval period and is situated on sloping ground to the north-east of Beili-Bedw farm. The settlement features include a system of field banks, small enclosures and platforms for buildings covering an area of c.5.5ha. The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval or post-medieval settlement organisation.
Read more in our site record here: Beili Bedw, Settlement Complex | 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. These show Tai Duon Methodist Chapel in September 1954, and were taken by one of our investigators when the chapel was still intact. The photographs are 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
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a’r Saesneg | Correspondence welcomed in Welsh and English