Powys Family History Society – Helping you to Research your Family History in Breconshire, Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire


Powys FHS Zoom Meeting – Gamekeepers by Claire Moores

The gamekeeper has been a familiar figure in the British countryside for almost four centuries, though of all the individuals who populated rural Britain, few were more unpopular. In this talk we will discover how legislation in the 1600’s paved the way for gentlemen to appoint individuals to guard their game and land. We will cover specific daily duties and important qualities of Gamekeepers, occupational risks, and of course, this occupation’s relationship with poaching. 


Topic: Powys FHS Meeting – Gamekeepers

Time: Oct 23, 2020 07:30 PM London


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Meeting ID: 831 0997 5416

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Herefordshire FHS are also holding Free Zoom Meetings, see here https://www.herefordshirefhs.org.uk/meetings/


Brecknock Group Meetings 
All meetings held at
The Kensington Baptist Church, Kensington Terrace, Brecon, LD3 9AY

at 7-30pm

Map of the venue

Monday 24th February 2020 (ALL 2020 Meetings are Cancelled and will be re-scheduled)

The Craft of a Wheelwright – Michael Davies

Illustrated talk on the structure of the wheel and how it is put together. Models of partially built wheels will be displayed as part of the talk in order to demonstrate the structure of a wheel.

Monday 28th March – Cancelled due to CoronaVirus Precautions

Architectural Detail in Brecon Town – A photographic tour with quiz. The talk will take a close up look at interesting architectural details that give character to a range of buildings in Brecon and also quiz the audience on their location. Dr Mervyn Bramley.

Monday 27th April

The Rev W.E.T. Morgan, friend of the Diarist Rev Francis Kilvert of Clyro – John Price


Monday 18th May

The Origins of popular Welsh Hymns, with audience participation – Marc Williams

Monday 29th June

Group A G M followed by talk on Herbalism, the study of the medicinal and therapeutic use of plants – Liz Sanders-Rich

Monday 27th July

Visit to Boughrood Church, which has the only surviving Dead House in Wales.
Rev Ian Charlesworth


Monday 28th September

TBC talk by Jonathan & Catherine Davies


Monday 26th October

A Talk on the Holy Land – A personal pilgrimage to the Holy Land with friends from Somerset.
Gwyneth Evans


Monday 23rd November

Research & Social Evening, research archives from the extensive Brecon group library will be available for consultation.


Montgomeryshire Group Meetings  2020 (ALL 2020 Meetings are Cancelled and will be re-scheduled)

Meetings in Hafren Room, Abermule Community Centre. SY15 6ND, on Saturdays, at 2pm. Good parking available on-site

Map of the Venue

Saturday 25th March – Cancelled due to CoronaVirus precautions

Churchyard and Cemetery Memorials, Continuity & Change. – Dr Rachael Jones.

This talk, developed from a lecture originally given in Leicester University, is about the changing styles of gravestones over the generations.


Saturday 25th April

The Wynnstay Estate in Montgomeryshire

Dr Emyr Williams.

For centuries, life and work in many North Wales communities was shaped by the extensive Wynnstay Estate. This talk focuses on their tenant farmers in the Llanbrynmair and Llangedwyn areas of Montgomeryshire.


Radnorshire Group Meetings – Llanddewi Ystradenny Village Hall at 7pm.

(ALL 2020 Meetings are Cancelled and are re-scheduled as below)

All meetings are on the third Thursday of the month, commencing at 7.pm. 
Light refreshments are served after the meetings.

2021 Programme

Thursday 21st January 2021

Transcribing Session


Thursday 18th February 2021

Visit to Radnorshire Society Library in Rhayader, to look at their Map Collection.


Thursday 18th March 2021

Film by the British Legion of the Great Pilgrimage in 1928. How the British Legion organised trips to the First World War battle sites for ex-military and their relatives. Talk by Phil & Heather Bufton who represented the Little Marcle group (Heather ‘s gt Grand-father fought at Arras) Heather laid a wreath at the Menin Gate and phil took the standard at the ceremony on the anniversary of the start of the 100 days offensive.


Thursday 15th April 2021

Visit to Penybont Hall, Penybont. This was built by John Price, a Banker (1723-1798) The hall was built in 1755, rebuilt in 1818, altered in 1877, and then later a lot of the building was demolished.


Thursday 20th May 2021

Transcribing Session


Thursday 17th June 2021

Sorcha Lewis is an Elan Valley Farmers wife, conservationist and wild like enthusiast. The talk will be on upland farming, mainly concentrating on the Elan Valley


Thursday 15th July 2021

Transcribing session


Thursday 16th September 2021

Group AGM


Thursday October 21st 2021

Powys FHS AGM – Drone Archaeology of Powys. Film and slide show by Julian Ravest.


Thursday 18th November 2021

Christmas Social Evening