Royal Commission Archive Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – September 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
- AWP – Archaeology Wales Project Archives
- Investigators’ Digital Photography
- ERC – Emergency Recording Collection
- Investigators’ TLS Survey
- UAV – Investigators’ UAV Survey
- PGS – RCAHMW Photogrammetry Collection
- AENT – Archaeological Reports/Evaluations (non Trust)
- CPATP – Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust Project Archives
- CPLB – CADW Provisional List of Buildings Collection
- CPS – Cadw Photogrammetric Survey Collection
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:
St Athan Boys Village was opened in 1930 by the Ocean Coal Company as a summer holiday camp for the sons of families in the south Wales coalfield. The facilities included dormitories, a dining hall, concert hall, games hall/gym, swimming pool, tennis court, putting green, cricket pitch and pavilion; a chapel was opened in July 1937. In the centre of a small formal garden a war memorial was erected. With the decline of the coal industry, the village closed in the 1990s and is currently derelict.
Read more in our site record here: https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/411316
RCAHMW first surveyed the limekiln in 1972 and in December 2022 we undertook a new survey through laser scanning and UAV photogrammetry as part of a project to record or record limekilns around the coast of Wales.
A fly-round of the point cloud from the laser scan survey of the limekiln is available here:
Read more, including the report, on our site record here: https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/413261
The lighthouse, built in 1865, is important as the only wave-swept cast-iron tower of a large size left in Britain. The 13.41m (44ft) high tower stands just above low-water level and is the only wave-swept cast-iron tower of such a size in Britain. Rising from a circular base about 7.32m (24ft) in diameter, the tower sweeps up in a graceful curve to a diameter of 3.51m (11ft 6ins) at lantern level above the pitched stone apron around its base.
The survey showed deterioration, especially to the stone apron at the base.
Read more in our site record here: https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/34289
Blast from the Past
Each month we will show an earlier image relating to one of the sites above taken from our archive. This one shows Whitford Point lighthouse in 1972, it was taken by our former investigator and lighthouse specialist, Douglas Hague and has been digitised and made available on Coflein (reference: DI2018_005_015).
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
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