There was an excellent turnout for the Llanfyllin Civic Society illustrated Archaeology talk last week given by Jeff Spencer, Historic Environment Record Officer with the Clwyd-Powys Archæological Trust.
He showed us how to recognise various farm outbuildings by looking for clues in the architecture and landscape. From bee boles to brewhouses and haybarns to horse engines, it was a fascinating tour of the types of farm buildings that are dissolving into the landscape with quiet haste.
Worryingly, in Powys, unlike most other counties, no record of ancillary and utility buildings exists at the moment.
In an attempt to document as many of these vanishing structures as possible, Jeff got together with local conservation volunteer Dewi Morris to produce a record form that anyone can fill in. The aim is for non-experts to record as many local shabby cow sheds, subsiding stables and crumbling cottages as possible, before the information is totally lost to future generations.
You can take part in this project yourself by downloading the form below and recording buildings as you come across on walks, or already know about.
Please note that you should approach any farm owner / farm tenant for permission if you need to access their property to get to a particular example.
It’s hoped that the information gathered will be used in a local history stand at the upcoming National Eisteddfod to be held in Meifod next August.
You can also find below the presentation Jeff gave, if you’d like to see for yourself the various buildings to look out for.
For further information, please contact Dewi Morris.
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