The Bettws History Group

Bettws History Group and Land, Life and Livelihoods

 Landscape and Local History, Bettws y Crwyn

Are you interested in the history of your house or your farm? Do you have any old photographs, maps or documents that tell an interesting story? Would you like to find out more?  Is there someone in your family or your community who has fascinating memories of life in the Upper Clun Valley that you would really like to record?

If so, the Bettws History Group is hoping you can help us with our House and Farm Histories project and our Oral History Project

House and Farm Histories

  • You could simply record recent history – the changes you have made to your house or your farm buildings, how it was when the previous owners lived there, family photographs at home, in the garden or on the farm.
  • You could gather together any old deeds, maps, photographs bills of sale, farm plans, plans of new developments etc, you have  for your house or farm.
  • You might want to research when the house was built, how it was constructed, who the previous owners were?

Oral History Project

We would like to capture the memories, and the Shropshire dialect, of some of the people who have lived in the Upper Clun for a long time. They have seen many changes in the valley and have valuable and fascinating memories of how life used to be, what the community used to be like, how farming has changed.

  • If you want to suggest someone you think should be interviewed or would like to be an interviewer, please let us know.

A valuable and interesting historic record

The house histories and the oral history recordings would produce a valuable and interesting historic record for your family to keep and you could have a copy of the house history to stay with the property, to be passed on to future owners.

Parish Archive and Exhibition

They could (with your permission) go into a parish archive and exhibition that would be a resource for the school and the community, providing a fascinating history, and always a focus for conversations and reminiscence.

They would also provide an insight into how our community and our farming and landscape has and is changing, and may perhaps be a starting point for conversations about the future for our community and our lovely valley.

How to Get Involved

So if you are interested in getting involved in researching your own house or farm history, or simply want to tell us about any interesting documents or photographs you have, or if you would like help in any way  please let us know. ……. 

Help and Advice available:

 Bettws History Group

The Bettws History Group will provide you with some guidelines to get started. We are planning to meet monthly, so you could come along to a meeting for advice or to help.

Bishops Castle Heritage Resource Centre

Chapel Yard, Bishops Castle, SY9 5DE

www.bchrc.co.uk , 01588 630556

The Bishops Castle Heritage Resource Centre holds copies of useful documents and is available to help us with research and they will advise us on how to get started on the oral history project.

Shropshire Archives

Castle Gates, Shrewsbury SY1 2AQ

www.shropshirearchives.org.uk, 01743 255350

The staff at Shropshire Archives in Shrewsbury will help you access any documents they hold.

Events

Briefing Visit

7.30pm December 8th to the Bishops Castle Heritage Resource Centre

 ‘Bring and Share’ event, March 17th and 18th

On March 17th and 18th we will hold a ‘Bring and Share’ event at Bettws Parish Hall, when you can bring documents or plans etc to discuss or have copied for the archive and exhibition. The link below will take you to a lovely poster.

Click here for more information

Diamond Jubilee Exhibition

We plan to hold an exhibition of the material gathered for the house histories and the oral history project later in 2012, date to be confirmed, to mark the diamond jubilee

 For more information about how you can get involved, please give your name and contact details to any member of the Bettws History Group.

Contacts

 Sheila Davies, 01686 670627, Alan Wilson 01686 670202,

Gillian Binks 01588 640216

A list of all members will appear here soon

 

One Response to The Bettws History Group

  1. Donald Bates says:

    Hi, This may be of interest to you. In Leighton under the Wrekin (St Mary), near Ironbridge, churchyard extension is a war grave of KSLI Private William Pritchard, died of sickness June 24 1918 age 23. A little research says he was son of John Pritchard of Bettws-y-Crwyn. Regards Don

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