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 2016/17
| Chairman ||Rev. Nicholas Lowton|
|Honorary Secretary ||Jeremy Milln|
Dr Neil Kidd
|Herefordshire Archive |
|Liaison wih County |
|Ruth Richardson |
|Committee members ||Bob Davies|
Events for the Season 2016 - 2017
| Sept 5th 2016||7.30 pm||David Lovelace - Herefordshire Landscape History|
|7.30 pm||Robert Maurice-Williams - |
The Welsh Language in Herefordshire with some observations on the recent history of the language in relationship to nationalism in Wales
|7.30 pm|| |
Oliver Fairclough -
Art & philanthropy in early 20th cent Wales
| December 5th||7.30 pm|| Jonathon Harrington - A Brief History of Agriculture|
February 6th 2017
|7.30 pm|| |
MEMBERS EVENING Tim Hoverd (Archaeological Projects Officer, Herefs Council) will talk about the results of the 2016 excavations at Ponthendre and Longtown Castles, and the prospects for the 2017 season
Miriam Griffiths -
'The Furrows won't lie fallow while the women carry on'. The Women's Land Army in World War I.
| April 3rd||7.30 pm|
Rev. Canon Chris Pullin -
Hereford Cathedral's Treasures and their Travels
| May ||Visit - details tba|
| June|| ||Visit - details tba|
| July 3rd||7.30 pm|
AGM and Priscilla Llewelyn -
Silk Road: Adventures in Central Asia
For further information contact the Hon. Secretary at Jeremy.firstname.lastname@example.org
the Chairman at email@example.com