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The official county archive for the former counties of Gwent and Monmouthshire.
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Gwent Archives 16h
Message in a bottle. The Penallt Role of Honour dated 1921 was found inside a bottle which was discovered inside the Penallt war memorial during recent renovation (D6012). To find out what was written inside, visit
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Gwent Archives Dec 8
This extract is from the Chartist depositions (vol 15: 026_01). The extract is taken from the evidence of Thomas Bowen, a peddlar from Nantyglo and was part of the case against Zephaniah Williams. For more info, visit
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Gwent Archives Dec 7
This photograph of an unknown lady, thought to originate in Australia, came to Gwent Archives in the Helen Kegie papers (D5940). It is a miniature wet plate collodion type photograph often called an ambrotype dated to the 1850s-1860s. For more info, visit
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Gwent Archives Dec 6
to when we attempted to make some gingerbread based on a 1848 recipe, written by Caroline Peirce. (MiscMss1771) To find out how we did, visit
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Gwent Archives Dec 5
This beautiful wax seal of Jasper Tudor is affixed to a grant of a messuage and 10 acres of land (arable, meadow and waste with appurtenances) in the manor of Bryngwyn in the lordship of Bergavenny (D2/34). For more info, visit
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Gwent Archives Dec 5
Gwent Archives will be open this Saturday 8th December, 10am - 4pm. We have been closed for the last two weeks for stocktaking, and will be open again as normal on Monday 10th December, 9.30am - 5pm.
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Gwent Archives Dec 4
‘A regular flook!’ Detail of a hand illustrated calendar of prisoners from the 1849 Monmouthshire Spring Assizes (D361/FP/4/41). The calendar comes from the personal papers of John Etherington Welch Rolls in the Rolls collection.
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Gwent Archives Dec 3
Today's post is this beautiful map showing the patchwork of field strips in West Field in Caldicot is taken from John Foord’s book, c. late 18th C (D25/1972). For more info, visit
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SWalesRecordSociety Dec 3
On Friday 30 Nov we launched 'Charley's War'! Many thanks to Mike Heare, who handed over his grandfather's war diary to the ever so helpful staff. Richard Frame & Christabel Hutchings edited the volume; was the General Editor.
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Gwent Archives Dec 2
For the second of December we have this elevation drawing for the rebuilding of the Silver Grill, Newport, in 1904 for Messrs Bland (D627). For more info, visit
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Gwent Archives Dec 1
In the run up to Christmas, we will be posting a variety of documents and some recipes that you can find in the Archives. To start off, we have this set of 3 small oval boxes (D4978) which was used in the past to store documents.
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Gwent Archives Nov 30
One of our WEPs, Neve, has been researching Ebbw Vale men who died during WW1. We will be posting some of her work throughout November. Corporal Bartholomew Colbert, no.11421, of SWB was born in 1897. For more info, visit
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Gwent Archives Nov 28
Another post on our series on the Spanish Influenza. Today's post is on Driver Clifford S Hood, of the Royal Field Artillery. He enlisted in 1915 and was based in the UK for two years before being sent to Egypt. For more information, visit
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Gwent Archives Nov 26
One of our WEPs, Neve, has been researching Ebbw Vale men who died during WW1. We will be posting some of her work throughout November. Private Evan John Cosgrove, no. 23092, of the SWB was born 1898. For more info, visit
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SWalesRecordSociety Nov 23
One week to the launch of Charley’s War: The Diary of Charles Parkinson Heare 2nd Battalion, The Monmouthshire Regiment 1914-1919! Join us at 2.30pm on Friday 30th November at 2.30pm , when the original diary will also be deposited by Charles' grandson.
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Gwent Archives Nov 24
And to finish off today’s , we have this photograph of Heather Brewer and Jennifer Middleton at the Welsh Lawn Tennis Championships at Newport in 1954. For more information, visit
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Gwent Archives Nov 24
Another from the of Newport Rugby and Athletic Club collection. This photographs is of the Welsh Team, for a Rugby International Match (Wales v Scotland) at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, 26th January 1895. For a full list of names, visit
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Gwent Archives Nov 24
Another photograph from the of Newport Rugby and Athletic Club. This is the Welsh Secondary Schools Rugby Union, Wales vs France 1929. For a full list of names, visit
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Gwent Archives Nov 24
Today's theme is so we will be posting a few photographs from the Newport Rugby and Athletic Club collection. Here is Newport 3rd XV football, 1900 - 1901. For a list of names, visit
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Gwent Archives Nov 23
In 1964, the Monmouthshire Naturalists Trust Ltd compiled a report on Monmouthshire wildlife. (MiscMss541)
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