Ewyas Lacy Study Group:

Index of Private Research Portfolios

 

 

Much of our understanding of the past is based on records that have been preserved in libraries and official archives of various types. This is all very well, but has the drawback that more often than not the records retained by the officials concerned have for obvious reasons tended to deal with the activities of the wealthy and the powerful. They therefore arguably give a somewhat distorted view of history and often cast little light on the lives of the vast majority of ordinary people.

 

We are however fortunate to have been offered access to a number of private portfolios of documents and other materials during our researches into Ewyas Lacy, which otherwise are not open to the public. These are frequently associated with individual research projects and can provide a more intimate picture of local history, with a diverse assortment of records ranging across generations of the same family and/or the descent of a particular property. We are particularly grateful to the owners of these portfolios who have allowed us access and agreed to their material being made available on the Ewyas Lacy Study Group website.

 

We have summarised the content of the materials in each portfolio and these summaries can be viewed by following the links in the index of individual collections given below. In some [but not all] cases we have been given permission to photograph the material, and pictures of the original records in those cases can be viewed by following links on the individual collections pages.

 

Baxendale Collection 1

A portfolio of family, personal and legal documents relating to Michaelchurch Court and Estate, handed down to descendants of the Trafford and Hunter families who occupied the property in the 19th and 20th centuries. The portfolio has kindly been made available by Richard Baxendale, one of their descendants

Baxendale Collection 2

A portfolio of photographs relating to Michaelchurch Court and Estate, handed down to descendants of the Trafford and Hunter families who occupied the property in the 19th and 20th centuries. The portfolio has kindly been made available by Richard Baxendale, one of their descendants

Brothers Collection

A portfolio of documents, newspaper cuttings and other information relating to the Reverend CT Brothers who was Rector of Bacton from 1904 to 1952. The portfolio has kindly been made available for publication on our website by Colin Brothers, one of his descendants

Charnock Collection

A portfolio of photographs and transcriptions of local residents’ recollections of life in Newton School, including school photographs from 1900 to c1960, drawn from an exhibition at Newton Church Room. The portfolio has kindly been made available by George Charnock.

Cook Collection

A portfolio of legal documents and detailed operational records of the watermill at Clodock, from the early 19th to the mid 20th century. The portfolio has kindly been made available by Martin Cook.

Dewi Williams Collection

A portfolio of transcriptions of a variety of important documents pertaining to Ewyas Lacy. The collection has kindly been made available by Dewi Bowen Williams, BA , a Welsh historian with an interest in this area.

Gray Collection 1

A portfolio of personal, legal and other documents relating to people, property and events in the Craswall and Llanveynoe area, from the late 17th to the early 20th century. The portfolio has kindly been made available by Tony Gray

Gray Collection 2

 

A portfolio of working papers, notes and documents compiled by Tony Gray relating to property ownership in the Upper Escley Valley.

Jenkins Collection

A portfolio of photographs by amateur photographer Richard Jenkins [1891 - 1964], whose work provides an unrivalled record of life in south-west Herefordshire in the early part of the twentieth century.

Jess Jones Collection

A portfolio of documents relating to properties in the Golden Valley, principally Crossway and Sitcombe in the parish of Dorstone, and land in the parishes of Dorstone and Clifford known as Clay Pitts. The portfolio has kindly been made available by Jess Jones.

Lovelace Collection 1

A portfolio of documents concerning the Manor of Poston in the Golden Valley, including aspects of the ownership and settlements of the Manor by the Dukes of Beaufort and legal pleadings in the Court of Chancery and elsewhere. The portfolio has kindly been made available by David Lovelace

Lovelace Collection 2

A portfolio of photographs of the returns for the Longtown area from a National Farm Survey conducted during the second World War and the Ordnance Survey maps on which it was based. The survey was seen at the time as a ‘Second Domesday Book’, providing a ‘permanent and comprehensive record of the conditions on the farms of England and Wales’. The portfolio has kindly been made available by David Lovelace

Macpherson Collection 1

A portfolio of personal, legal and other documents concerning both the descent and title to Michaelchurch Court and other events linked to the property, principally in the 20th century. The portfolio has kindly been made available by John Macpherson

Macpherson Collection 2

A portfolio of property deeds and related legal documents showing the descent and title of a cottage called Ty Newydd in Longtown, from the 19th to the mid 20th century. The portfolio has kindly been made available by John Macpherson

Graham Powell Collection

A portfolio of documents concerning John Powell and his family covering his service in the First World War and employment as head gamekeeper for the Michaelchurch Court Estate. The portfolio has kindly been made available by Graham Powell, one of his descendants

Percy Powell Collection

A scrap book kept by Percy Powell of Newton St Margarets with press cuttings and photographs of the sports of jalopy and motorcycle racing in the Golden Valley in the 1950s and 60s. The portfolio is reproduced here with the kind permission of his family.

Price Collection

A portfolio of document transcriptions and family history notes concerning research into the genealogy of the Price family which has roots in a number of the parishes of Ewyas Lacy and surrounding areas. The portfolio has kindly been made available by Arthur Price.

Pritchard Collection

A portfolio of original documents passed down through the Pritchard family relating to property transactions in Craswall over a period of some two centuries from the time of Charles I. The portfolio has kindly been made available by Matthew Roberts, one of their descendants

Smith Collection

A unique portfolio of original photographs of the infrastructure, people and workings of the Golden Valley Branch of the Great Western Railway by CG Smith, who worked as an Engineman on the line from 1924 to c.1960. The portfolio has kindly been made available by his son, David Smith.

Steele Collection 1

A portfolio of photographs, research notes and documents concerning watermills in Ewyas Lacy. The portfolio has kindly been made available by Bob Steele.

Steele Collection 2

A portfolio of documents and deeds relating to title to The Corn Mill at Michaelchurch Escley and adjacent land. The documents include some title deeds for the wider Michaelchurch Estate, of which the Corn Mill was historically a part. The portfolio has kindly been made available by Bob Steele

Voss Collection

A portfolio of documents and photographs relating to prisoners of war held in camps in the Golden Valley during and after the Second World War. The portfolio has kindly been made available by Graham Voss.

Williams Collection

A portfolio of legal documents relating to the descent and title of the Michaelchurch Estate, principally in the 20th century. The portfolio has kindly been made available by John Williams

 

 

 


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