The Longtown Historical Society
|PRESIDENT: Miss Jenny Houston || |
Hon. SECRETARY: Jeremy Milln
Established over 40 years ago, the Society was formed to encourage interest, knowledge and research of the history of the district within the local community.
Longtown, a village in the parish of Clodock in Herefordshire, lies in the Marches of England and Wales and is one of the parishes of the old Hundred of Ewyas Lacy. Until 1536, Longtown was a part of Wales, when the border was moved by Henry VIII putting us firmly inside England. It has the ruin of a Norman castle with its circular keep and inner bailey still readily accessible. Elsewhere in the parish there is the remains of an earlier motte from the time of the Conquest while the parish church with its dedication to St Clydawg reminds us of our Welsh roots and its pre-Norman Conquest foundation.
The Society with a membership of about 80, holds monthly meetings on the first Monday of each month between September and April in the village hall. Talks are given by speakers, usually on aspects of local history but, from time to time topics of a wider historic context are included. During the summer months a couple of field trips are conducted and in July the Society's AGM is held.
In 2002, after a talk on the recording of oral history, the Society realised that many of the older members of our community had tales to tell of living and farming in the early years of the 20th Century. Some recordings had been made previously as a private venture but no systematic attempt had been made to record these memories for posterity. At the same time other members of the Society felt that local researches were hampered by the wide scattering of the documentary history of the area . So this project 'EWYAS LACY HUNDRED FROM EARLIEST TIMES TO THE PRESENT DAY' was born.
The Local Heritage Initiative sponsored us for 3 years, and work started in July 2004. All the work was carried out by volunteers. This site, set up with the professional assistance of Mr Paul Freeland, contains material collected from County archive offices and other archives such as the National Library of Wales - see the Archive page.
(Local history researchers will also find an excellent range of archival material and advice relating to the Ewyas Lacy area on the History of Ewyas Lacy website http://www.ewyaslacy.org.uk. which is put together and maintained by a group of local historians.)
An Oral history group has at the same time been making audio and video recordings of the memories of some of our senior citizens and their work is also briefly recorded on this web site.
The Society has a members' lending library of books on local historical topics held at Longtown Village Hall.
Subscription is currently £10.00 per year. Visitors to individual lectures are admitted on payment of £3.
Officers of the Society for 2017/18
|Chairman||Rev. Nicholas Lowton|
|Honorary Secretary||Jeremy Milln|
Dr Neil Kidd
|Liaison wih County|
|Ruth Richardson |
|Committee members||Bob Davies|
Events for the Season 2017 - 2018 (Contact Jeremy.firstname.lastname@example.org for further info)
| 17th July, 2017||7.30 pm||Dr Adam Chapman - Role of Welsh soldiery in the medieval English army on the Border|
4th September 2017
Prof Steven Edwards - Rowland Vaughan of Turnastone (1588-1627) and the drowning of the Vowchurch Meadows
16th September 2017
|all pm|| |
Castle Project Celebration. Pageant, music, games and medieval re-enactment on the Castle Green at Longtown.
|23rd September 2017||all pm||VISIT: White Castle & Cross Ash area. Rescuing curious and ancient places in SE Monmouthshire: work of the Village Alive Trust Talk in Croft Barn at 1.30pm followed by afternoon of visits to historic buildings rescued by the VAT on its final open day.|
| 2nd October 2017||7.30pm||James Bisset - Apple and Orchard history in Herefordshire and the part played by our unsung horticultural hero Thomas Andrew Knight (1759-1838) author of the Pomona Herefordiensis |
| 6th November 2017||7.30 pm||Tim Bridges - The glory of our local churches in art and architecture. |
|4th December, 2017|| 7.30||Douglas Wright - Under the Black Hill. Past times of the people of Craswall, Longtown and Llanthony . Archive films ingeniously interwoven and enlivened. |
|5th February, 2018|| 7.30||MEMBERS' EVENING: Focusing on the results of the Castles Project. Led by Martin Cook and Neil Kidd|
|5th March 2018|| 7.30||Frank Olding - The Archaeology of Upland Gwent|
|2nd April 2018|| 7.30||William Gibbs - Antiquarians and artists of the Llanthony Valley |
(including Nathaniel Buck, Paul Sandby, JMW Turner, John Warwick Smith, Sir Richard Colt Hoare, John Sell Cotman, Eric Gill, John Piper and Edward Burra)
14th May 2018
Rupert Otten - Recusancy in Abergavenny and the Gunter Mansion project
VISIT - details tba
|July 2018||tba||VISIT - details tba|
|2nd July, 2018||7.30pm||AGM and Prof Julian Thomas - Dorstone Hill: Neolithic 'Halls of the Dead': the story unfolds|
For further information contact the Hon. Secretary at Jeremy.email@example.com
the Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org