The Inventory of Historic Battlefields in Wales
The Inventory of Historic Battlefields in Wales is a bilingual interpretative, educational and research resource aimed at raising awareness, increasing knowledge, and prompting further research on battlefields and other historic conflict sites in Wales.
The focus of the Inventory is the location of battles. Over 700 sites have been included, based on a survey of documentary sources which includes chronicles, poetry and official records. It will continue to develop as new information comes to light.
The Inventory can be searched by name, date, people and location, and encourages users to add comments and further information.
The web resource also provides useful links and research reports as well as general information about Welsh battlefields, their conservation and battlefield finds: http://battlefields.rcahmw.gov.uk/
Raglan Castle, its immediate surroundings and outlying areas include features associated with the Civil War siege of 1646. These include earthworks built for defence by the Royalists and those constructed during the siege by the Parliamentarians. Archaeological finds of musket shot and a canon-ball mould, dating from the time of the siege, have also been discovered.
The Newport Chartist Uprising of 1839 as depicted by Kenneth Budd in a mural in John Frost Square, Newport, now demolished. This was the last major armed civil insurrection on the British mainland.
“The Battle of Fishguard”: this was the last military invasion of the British Isles by a foreign power, taking place four years after the outbreak of hostilities between Great Britain and Republican France in 1793. A memorial stone has been erected to commemorate this important event at the invasion site of Carregwastad Point, Pembrokeshire.
Pilleth 1st ed. 25-inch OS map, 1889. Locating a battlefield or site on which a conflict took place is often a challenge, and locations can range from the unspecified (somewhere in Wales) down to a specific place. In some cases a number of battles sites have become officially recognised and are depicted on Ordnance Survey mapping, although they have yet to be confirmed archaeologically. (© and database rights Crown Copyright and Landmark Information Group Ltd (All rights reserved 2017).)
May 23, 2017