The Archive project
Ewyas Lacy is part of the border country of the Marches, which means that records of its turbulent local history since Norman times are widely scattered throughout both England and Wales. The Archive project aims to find these records and bring references to them together into a comprehensive, fully searchable framework for historical research.
Local historians and archivists are compiling the Archive, under the auspices of the Longtown Historical Society, for completion by mid 2007. This site will be updated regularly in the meantime.
Each Archive entry summarises where the original document can be found, the reference number and source catalogue at that location, the title, the parish to which the content of the document relates and the date. These headings are followed by a summary of the subject matter covered in the document, including, where practicable, principal place and property names, family names, events and dates. Observations by the compiler may follow, to provide additional local information or references. Images of documents and photographs may also be included when available.
For access to original documents, direct application should be made to the location given in the Archive. In the case of private collections, access may be requested through the contact page of this site, but is not guaranteed.
The archive includes a large number of local Wills gathered from the National Library of Wales and are posted on this site by permission of Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru/ The National Library of Wales. For an introduction to these Probate papers <click here>
Conditions of use
Some materials within this Archive may be subject to copyright. Our policy is to acknowledge copyright where we know of it and to follow 'fair dealing' guidelines to the best of our ability in the context that the Longtown Historical Society is a registered charity and the Archive is a not-for-profit venture for non-commercial research, private study and educational purposes. Use of copyright archive material outside of the 'fair dealing' principles is not allowed. The Society accepts no responsibility for any such use by third parties.
Searching the Archive
The powerful site search engine has been designed to maximize flexibility and ease of use. It uses full text searching, and supports complex, conditional queries using multiple search terms, phrases and wild cards. Search results are listed by document title and date, with a direct link to the full Archive entry. Search terms found are highlighted in context, and known spelling or other variants (for example of family or place names) are automatically listed for inclusion in the search if required.
To search, enter your key words or phrases (phrases in inverted commas) in the 'find' box at the top of any page and click 'go'. Alternatively, click on the adjacent 'options' button for a structured query form and further guidance on search techniques.