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GWENT LOCAL HISTORY COUNCIL
President: RICHARD HANBURY TENISON
Chairman: Miss M. L. GIBBENS, A.L.A.
Secretary: ARTHUR DAVIES
8 Pentonville, Newport, Gwent
Editor: MRS. E. JANE PEARSON
1 Ashfield Cottages, Chepstow, NP6 5DU
GWENT LOCAL HISTORY
Formerly "Presenting Monmouthshire"
No. 48
Spring 1980
EDITORIAL
The photograph of King Street reproduced on the cover is to remind
members of the Gwent Local History Council of the informative and
enjoyable day that was spent in Blaenavon on the occasion of the One
Day School in September. Forty-five members attended. Talks in the
morning given by Jeremy Knight and Adrian Babbidge on The Iron
Works and The Social History of Blaenavon provided an excellent intro-
duction to the guided walk around the area in the afternoon. At the Iron
Works the gates were unlocked and we were privileged to see the restora-
tion work being carried out on the furnaces at close quarters. This
interesting day was organised by the Torfaen Museums Trust, and
refreshments were kindly provided by the Blaenavon Local History
Society.
Over 50 members attended the A.G.M. which took place in October.
Professor Gwyn Williams gave an exciting lecture on "Gwent and the
Gwladfa" including all the important early Welsh emigrants to America.
Men of Gwent especially have obviously had a greater influence abroad
than is often thought! Following the lecture, members took up the kind
invitation of Mr. Humphries, the owner of Usk Castle, to visit this
fascinating place. Part of the Norman Great Tower still stands and
restoration work is being carried out when resources allow.
This year the competition held in conjunction with the South Wales
Argus is aimed slightly differently. The awards will be for the most
important contribution made to the study of local history in Gwent, to
encourage entry especially by local historians whose work has not fitted
into any of the stricter categories of previous competitions. The results
should be very interesting as usual.
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