We have decided to try something new this month and invite a guest blogger to write for us. This month it is Janice Dale telling us about the Dating Old Welsh Houses group in Denbighshire…..
“If you use a search engine and persevere and get past the dating websites, you will come across the website for the Dating Old Welsh Houses Group, and I would like to think your curiosity will make you click on it, because if you do you will find a treasure trove of research on work carried out by the members of this group.
Since April 2012 the Dating Old Welsh Houses Group, a community heritage charity with around 100 members, has been investigating the development of pre 1700 Welsh houses by focusing on:
- Building recording, archaeology and architecture
- The study of the landscape, community, economic and social history of the period
- House/family history & other researchon a range of topics through lectures, events, visits & study tours
- Widely publicising resultsonline, through leaflets & a quarterly Newsletter
- Branch-led activitiesin Anglesey & Caernarfonshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, & Merionethshire.
The branches, encourage members to research their own houses, other houses which have been identified as ‘old’, the history of the families who have lived in these houses and even to the family’s pre and post occupation. We also look at land ownership and will research any other area which broadly fits in with the aims of the group.
In the Denbighshire Branch we are working on a ‘Cynwyd Scrapbook’; working in conjunction with the National Library of Wales on land ownership from the tithe maps, with members transcribing schedules for Llandrillo, Llangar, Corwen, and eventually Gwyddelwern. We are focussing on Edeyrnion first, but hoping to roll out this project to cover a wider area. Other members are looking at the history their own houses in Ruthin, Llangar, Cynwyd, Glyndyrfrdwy and Corwen.
We usually meet together once a month, either at Rhug or members houses to review progress, resolve problems or often just to generally chat – we are a pretty laid back bunch. So if you fancy something different do look at our website”
Written by Janice Dale – Denbighshire Branch
contact Janice at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo caption- Branch visit to a 17th century house in June