History Blog

10 years of Digital presence

Summary:  Since 2007, Raglan and District Local History Group (RLHG)  has had a digital presence  (note:  the internet moves very fast and new ways of spreading our work need to keep up.

·      2007-08, our first website was established at rootsweb.ancestry. com.  The website had 2 purposes:   To advertise upcoming  RLHG events  and to provide information about the history of Raglan District

·      2008 – RLHG officially supports the website and includes the domain name on the programme and in promotional literature

·      2009 – The website was formally approved by RLHG committee.  It included RLHG information and resources along with Raglan Local History (info about history of raglan, photo albums and blogs (short stories about Raglan Village)

·      2011 – Raglan History Group  Domain established.   To raise awareness and accessibility for Raglan Local History Group , an  domain  was established specifically for RLHG. 

·      2011 – Raglan Domesday wiki  for Raglan district  was approved.  In the last r years (from 2100 to November 2015, this wiki has had over 21,000 visits and a total of 85,377 page views

·      2012 2013:  RAGLAN ROOTS projects 2012 - 2013 . We obtained Heritage Lottery Fund’s as well as Raglan Roots, sense of Roots EU Fund.   to pay for ‘All our stories’.  The Raglanpedia website was established (and approved by RLHG)  as part of this project.  In addition, village and churchyard  QR digital tours were  linked to Raglanpedia.

·      2013:  Facebook:  Raglan District Roots  opened (https://www.facebook.com/groups/280246368764128/ ).  As of November 2015 there are 287 members.  Note that this facebook group is linked to RaglanPedia and Raglan Domesday websites. 

·      2015:  We currently sponsor three websites:  Raglan Local History group, Raglan Domesday Wiki, Raglanpedia.   Each has a unique purpose.  We also have presence in facebook (raglan district  roots) and   twitter (https://twitter.com/raglanhistory) has 41 followers including Gwent Archives, Monmouth Museums, Federation of Family History Societies, Wales Remembers, Nelson Museum, Raglan Castle  and Raglan Primary School.     The Raglan Domesday wiki has been visited by 22,000 people since it began with over 85,000 page views.  We don’t have data on the impact of the others.  The Facebook page currently has 279 members and is growing everyday.


Life has changed over the last 10 years and so have we.  We have grown with the internet.

Cheryl L Morgan

Rev. 6, NOV 2015

Raglan Local History Group Exhibition (2015)

The Raglan Local History Committee  aranged an exhibition to show some of the work we have done and explain what we are about to attract new members

Elizabeth Friendship showed what the costumes worn by the Beauforte effigies would have looked like. Also paintings of some of the local churches with information about their treasures and special points of interest.

Simon James made a map of the fields in Llandenny with their names and possible origins.

Jackie Lea provided an  exhibition of herbs and explaining their uses in early times.

Judy Cecil shared an interesting collection of old irons and other bygones which she  exhibited and invited visitors to explain their original function. 

Importance of Public records Office - Nov. 19, 1959

Raglan Local History Group Lecture.  1959 

Anyone who thinks the preservation of records a dull subject should have attended the lecture at Raglan on Thursday last, when Mr. Baker, county archivist, had an audience of 24.  Keeping in mind the group’s ambition to produce a district history, he related nearly all he said to the Raglan area.  

Record offices are modern institutions and even the Public Record Office has ony existed 130 years, though records have been kept since Norman times.  Just before the last war, the Monmouthshire County Council established the Record Office at Newport, and Mr. Baker recalled some amusing mistakes, an archivist being confused with an anarchist; a visitor asking if she could buy long -playing records.  

He explained the functions of his office, which were not only the housing of documents but their restoration from the depredations of damp and insects which are very partial to a paper diet.  From time to time they have to be exhibited to the public, lectures have to be arranged to societies like the Raglan group, calendars or catalogues produced.  Such a guide has just been brought out and the group was presented with a copy.  

Perhaps the most interesting document Mr. Baker displayed was a photostat of “An Extent of the Manor of Raglan” of the year 1354.  It tells the kind of rent exacted by the lord; one leech from Walter Bloet of Rhiwlas and six collars for grey hounds.  Another Bloet was let off on payment of a mere chaplet of roses.  Then there was a Process Book covering the years 1720 to 1780, and this contained an insight into local behaviour.  A man in Llandenny was put ‘in process’ for keeping an unlicensed tippling house; another at Bryngwyn for pursuing the drover’s trade without a licence.  

It appears that licences were required for most everyday affairs.  Profaning the Sabbath by playing bowls or throwing ball when the culprit should have been in church, was a serious matter;  likewise keeping goats on the highway, stopping a water course and moving the village stocks.  

Mr. Baker mentioned reports on highways, the vital concern of everyone in a parish.  The proceedings of Friendly Societies, which came into being in 1794, give a great insight into parish administration.  It grew clear that none could properly study local history unless they availed themselves of the knowledge stored at the Record Office.  

Mrs. Blake spoke for everyone in a particularly happy vote of thanks.  As always, this lecture was arranged in co-opeation with University College, Cardiff.

Monmouth Cambrian Archaelogical Association congress excursions - 1857

Illustrated Usk Observer and Raglan Herald   —   15 August 1857  


-The 11 the annual congress of this Association is fixed to take place at Monmouth, on Monday next (the 17), and five following days, and the annexed excursions are proposed 

:-Monday, Aug 17th, starting from Monmouth at 12 o'clock—to Doward Camp, Goodrich Castle and Church; return to Monmouth -  remains of the Castle and Priory. 

- Tuesday, August 18th, starting from Mon- mouth at 9 o'clock—Troy House, carved oak mantle pieces, &c.; Trelleck, Druidical Stones, tumulus and Church, Tintern Abbey, &c. Intrenchment at Bigswear; return to Monmouth by 5. 15. 

- Wednesday, August 19, starting from Monmouth at 9 o'clock- Stanton Church the Buckstone, (a rocking stone) Maenhire the Scowles Roman mines, hermitage at Stow Grange, incised stones, and earthworks St. Briavel's Castle and Church Newland Church; return to Monmouth by 4 o'clock. 

- Thursday, August 20th, starting from Monmouth at 9 o'clock—Treowen House, tumulus Dingestow Castle; Tregaer church Bryngwyn tumulus Raglan Church and Castle; reception by the Caerleon Antiquarian Association; return to Monmouth in the evening, taking Mitchel Troy Church on the way; tea and Conversazione at the Beaufort Arms Hotel. 

- Friday, August 21st, starting from Monmouth at 9 o'clock—Pembridge Castle Grosmont Church and Castle; Skenfrith Church and Castle; New Castle return to Monmouth by 4 o'clock p.m. 

- Saturday, August 22nd, starting from Monmouth at 9 o'clock—Quakers' Cemetery at the Pant, established in 1664, and curious epitaph Penrose Entrenchment; Llantillio Crossenny Church, White Castle; return to Monmouth by 3 o'clock.

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