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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:

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:

View of the now derelict St Athan Boys Village showing the overgrown swimming pool and chapel in the background, Taken as part of an extensive photographic survey of the site in 2022.
Reference: DS2022_096_036.

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

View of Wallog limekiln, Ceredigion with Wallog House in the distance.
Reference: UAV2022_003_003

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:

RCAHMW YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/pmlfAs4GiTo?si=b3MPgA2_vVNnuAXn Read more in our site record here: https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/40656

Felincamlais Farm and mill, Libanus, Breconshire.
Photograph showing the fireplace bread oven, from a Level 3 historic building recording of Felincamlais Farm and mill, Libanus, Breconshire, carried out by Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust in 2022 before renovation work. Reference: CPATP_174_023

Read more, including the report, on our site record here: https://coflein.gov.uk/en/site/413261

Whitford Point Lighthouse, in the Burry Estuary.
Whitford Point Lighthouse, in the Burry Estuary, Orthomosaic views generated from UAV photogrammetry survey carried out on August 2023. Reference: UAV2023_005

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).

Whitford Point lighthouse in 1972.

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

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


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