Friday, September 16, 2005

Expedition to Wales next month

South Wales Hotel | The Commodore Hotel, Cwmbran

I am staying at the Commodore Thurs Fri 20 21 October 2005
then lunch at the Beaufort Arms Raglan and staying there 22 23 and
back to Brum from Newport on monday evening

Gwent archives 20 21 October St Cadocs registers

and St Cadocs memorials 23
and other Raglan photo session

The Beaufort Arms Raglan: "We welcome you to our 16th cenury Coaching Inn"

Raglan Castle

Raglan Village Monmouthshire, UK

Data Wales :: "Raglan Castle, near Usk in South Wales, was 'one of the last true castles ever to have been built in England and Wales'. It has been called one of the finest late-medieval buildings in the British Isles.

The castle site is still dominated by the ruins of the Great Tower, originally built by Sir William ap Thomas who had fought at the Battle of Agincourt. This massive tower was designed as a place of last resort in the first half of the 15th century and its gradual additions made it virtually impregnable. Much more of the original tower would be visible today were it not for the 'slighting' by the parliamentarian forces after the siege of Raglan Castle in 1646.

The Great Tower was partly destroyed by artillery during the siege, but when Raglan was surrendered near the end of the Civil War, a decision was made to demolish the Tower completely. Men were set to work with pickaxes in an attempt to destroy it from the top. This failed, however and two sides were undermined until these partially collapsed. The impressive remains still stand - testimony to the great building skills of the day. "

BBC South East Wales 11 search results for "raglan"

Raglan Monmouthshire Community Council Village, South Wales: "Having the A40 and M4 close by, many locals boast
how easy Raglan is to get to from anywhere
in the country by road.
Cardiff and Bristol in less than an hour,
Birmingham 2 hours and London 120 miles away in 3 hours! "

The Gwent Record Office was established in 1938 under the title of the Monmouthshire Record Office.

Authorities Served:

Monmouthshire County Council 1938-1974
Gwent County Council 1974-1996

From 1996 provides a joint service for the following local authorities:

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
Caerphilly County Borough Council
Monmouthshire County Council
Newport County Borough Council
Torfaen County Borough Council