Dewi Morris from Close Encounters with Nature gave a talk to 30 members of the Civic Society on the work of the volunteers over the year and the information they gathered on the abandoned farm buildings on and off the Watkin Williams-Wynne Estate on the 8th of October in Llanfyllin’s Public Institute.
The display boards from the project’s exhibition in Y Lle Hanes Tent in this year’s National Eisteddfod in Meifod were also on view as well as the original sketches and watercolours for the information boards made by participant and artist Paul Butler. http://spaceofforgetting.co.uk/
The exhibition in Y Lle Hanes proved a great success and very popular according to feedback gathered from its visitors. The display boards are now on the walls of the Llanfyllin Library for all to see.
Six unoccupied properties were visited by the group of volunteers and using the CPAT data recording forms [see below], made a record of the buildings. These records are vital, as the buildings themselves are in a parlous state of repair and about to be reclaimed by the very landscape that they stand in. The data recorded is in the process of being transferred to CPAT’s data base “Archwillio” where they will be for future reference.
Given the success of the project and the complete blank for most of the abandoned farm buildings in Powys: Llanfyllin’s Civic Society’s work is vital. It is hoped that by continuing to collect such information, that other groups and individuals will take up the recording project and start piecing together the rich legacy that previous residents of Powys have left behind. Llansilin’s Local History Society have shown an interest in the work of the project and given suitable interest will increase the project’s data collected, which is great news for our disappearing landscape heritage.
In the meantime, another walk for volunteers from the Llanfyllin Civic Society is being organised on the morning of Wed 25th November. Meet in the car park in the Spar Llanfyllin at 10 am to share cars to the start point 3 miles away to three very special abandoned buildings in the upper River Cain Valley.
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