Raglan & District Archives

Raglan Village Hall Association (RVHA), is raising money to build a Village Hall for community use.  All groups around Raglan District have been invited to submit requests for space their needs.   As one of our objectives is to encourage the study of local history we submitted the following request: 

Raglan & District Local History Group

Established in 1955, the objects of the Raglan and District Local History Group are to encourage the study of local history and further research into the subject.  These objects are pursued by means of meetings, lectures, visits to historical sites, publication of articles, exchange of information and organizing activities to encourage the aims of the group.  We also sponsor the Horatia Durant Annual Essay Contest for students at Raglan Primary School and lead an after school club called “History Detectives”.  Our funding is via subscription and donations.  We are a voluntary organisation.

We welcome the proposed Raglan Village Community centre as it will enable us to expand our remit to provide a place where people can research their family history as well as share their memories and memorability of Raglan District life.  In order to achieve this goal we would need a dedicated R&DLHG Room.

The history group has a large collection of Raglan historical information in various guises, perhaps one of the largest local history collections in the county. In addition, there is some material pertinent to the castle.  In addition, residents (as well as previous residents) have attics of artefacts of local life in our district.  There is a danger that in time these artefacts could be lost or dispersed if the village does not take action.  The annual essays (Horatia Durant Prize) written by our school children over the last 30 years are another source of information of people and places around our village.


A working-room is required for the storage and display of the archives, books, objects and documents relating to the history of the village of Raglan and the surrounding parishes. 

1      The room would require lockable cupboards, lockable glass-fronted cabinets, map cupboard, book shelving, angled folio-shelving and notice boards.

2      The room would provide space for interested people of all ages from around the world to explore (and contribute) to achieving our mission.  Specifically we would require space for small groups.  Furniture would need to include one or two tables and a desk along with chairs plus a comfortable sofa or two easy chairs.


3      The room would provide Internet access to local historical information located on-line, through websites including:  “Raglan Local History Group” (, “Raglanpedia” and “Raglan Domesday” (   Our needs include:  Computer points, Wi-Fi access, and any additional lighting as appropriate.


4      The room could mount also our 6 R&DLHG Display Panels and could be used to store the Projection Equipment and the like.


5      The room would hold the collection of essays written by winners of the Horatia Durant Memorial Prize, established in 1984, in memory of the Raglan Local History Group’s first President.  We have a unique library of over 150 projects of local history as seen through the eyes of our children.  These essays have provided an important contribution to our community as well as providing an opportunity for young people to study our local history.


6      Finally, local history could be celebrated in the entrance to the Community centre, for example:         


a.     Walls could display the 6 village history-panels (each panel is 20 x 28”), which for a time were displayed in The Ship Inn and the ‘Parce Painting’, together with other pictures held by the history group


b.      A large Digital Photo Frame with a rolling selection of historical people, places and activities from our archive can be mounted in the public area.


Raglanpedia is  the home of Raglan District Stories and History Trails. Our vision is to share our history through maps, QR plaques and stories of local people, places and activities. Our goal is to raise awareness of the history of Raglan District and to celebrate the strong sense of community that has been built up over the centuries. We have identified four target groups: Raglan Primary School children, people researching their Family History along with tourists and residents who wish to learn more about our lovely villages.

Begun:  2013

Funding by:  Raglan Community Council, Villages Alive Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, Civic Initiatives, Raglan Local Archives

History Detectives

The History Detectives is an after school club at Raglan Primary School. Our task is to find out about the history of Raglan Village. The club is open to year 4-6 students in the Junior school. We meet during term times from 3:30 - 4:15pm. We also have adult detectives! These are local volunteers who help us with our projects.  We would welcome more volunteers and/or people with stories/information about people buried in the Churchyard

Begun: 2010


Raglan Domesday Website

We invite you to  search for records of people and places associated with Raglan District. This includes:  Raglan Village, Llandenny, Bryngwyn, and Tregaer. A wide selection of searchable records including biographies, wills, BMD records, census records, directories, electoral registers, 1870 Tithe Map records, 1840 Raglan Rate Book and the Raglan Petty Sessions Book from 1912 – 1933 are freely available. We also invite people to become members of the Domesday Project and add their own stories and record

Date begun: 2010


Raglan Past and Present

In early 2009, Raglan opened a dialogue with a beautiful village in the Loire region of France called Parce-sur-Sarthe with a view to a twinning of the two villages. As part of this project, the Raglan Twinning Association commissioned Cheryl Morgan, Local Historian, to write a guide to the history of Raglan Village.  The resulting book also includes information about local attractions, activities and walks.The booklet was published by the Raglan Twinning Association and supported by many local businesses and groups including the Raglan Local History Group.

Date published:  2010

Purchase:  The Raglan Past and Present books are available at Raglan Post Office for £2.50

For more information contact:

Local Ways

During 2008, Monmouthshire Countryside Service  initiated a community project in Raglan working in partnership with Raglan Community Council, Rural Community Action, Raglan School, Raglan Health Centre, Raglan Local History Group and other interested parties.  (2008)

The project was split into two sections:

  • The first element involved surveying and improving the rights of way in and around the village and making them more user friendly. For this we have  recruited 17 local volunteers to survey, clear, waymark and improve the paths. The Countryside Service  provided all necessary equipment and trained  volunteers on the use of tools and surveying techniques. Once completed, groups such as the Healthy Living Group from Raglan Surgery will find it easier to manage a healthy walk in the fields around the village.

  • The second section of the scheme was an “Intergenerational Project” with children from the school, who have been talking to long standing residents about recollections of their lives.

There have been several coffee mornings with year 4 at the school and some of the residents. The children have visited the Rural Life Museum in Usk to find out about how agriculture has changed, have had a talk from a local farmer and some have visited a farm.  The information has been filmed and 2 DVDs are being produced; one of the school project to be used by the teachers in the future to study local history and one of the whole project to be given out to other communities who may be interested in becoming involved in similar projects in their own areas in the future.

The overall project was  supported  by MCC Local Agenda 21 grants, the Community Council, O2 Community Fund and the Countryside Council for Wales.  

For more details or to obtain a copy of the DVD, "Raglan Local Ways", please contact Mark Langley 01291 691237 email:


Created by Mark Langley, March 2008, updated, September 2008

Digital Story Telling Project


This year long project provided much needed equipment for the Raglan & District Local History Group to begin an archive of local historical records and digital media.  Through this project we obtained a dedicated laptop, printer, laminator, projector, microphone and speaker system and display boards, .  These resources have continued to be used to expand our records and to complement our winter lecture series


Funders:  Awards for All Wales, Lottery fund

Date:  2006

50th Celebration of Raglan & Local History Group

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In June 2005, the Raglan History Society celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special dinner held at the Beaufort Arms Hotel. Lord Raglan was the guest of honour and Mrs Anna Tribe, President of Raglan History Society blew out the candles on the cake. They were joined by over 80 current and past Raglan History Society members in a gala evening. An exhibition of pictures, photographs, stories and artifacts that record what life was like in Raglan in the mid 1950's was held. A new project to record and archive the Villages' historical past was also launched.  A pre-dinner reception was held at Lord Raglan’s home Cefn Tilla

The society was formed as the Raglan and District Local History Group by Raglan born - Horatia Durant, a direct descendent of Lord Nelson, and a group of nine people interested in local history.

The inaugural committee representing the local parishes of Bryngwyn, Dingestow, Llanarth, Llandenny, Penrhos, Raglan and Tregare was held in June 1955. The first subscription being five shillings (25p) for adults and two shillings (10p) for children

The society has always had a winter programme of talks and lectures and summer visits. The first entitled, The Traveller of Taste in 18th Century Monmouthshire, was delivered at the Raglan Jeffrey's Hall in September 1955.

Another feature of the Raglan and District Local History Group is the annual History competition for Raglan Primary School.


Raglan History Society, MP15, 18 May, 2005

Raglan & District Local History Group Minutes, 1955-1998

Date: June 2005

Horatia Durant Local History Prize

The Horatia Durant Memorial Prize was established in 1984 in memory of the Raglan Local History Group's first President. The 'Prize' is awarded annually to the winner of an essay competition on a subject of local history. The competition is open to children attending Raglan Junior School.

Local History Essay’s have always been an important part of RLHG.  When the RLHG was established in 1955,  all RLHG members were expected to undertake local history projects.   In 1984, the Raglan School Essay Contests were established in memory of our founder, Horatia Duran. The School Essay’s have traditionally been a summer term project.  The topics are agreed between Anna Tribe, the Chair and the Headteacher.  Most years the essay’s have been written by year 6 students.  Of course as an out of school activity, parents often ‘help’ the students. The essay’s are reviewed by Anna Tribe along with the Chair and typically with a RLHG member  with experience in education.  The winners are selected based on the quality of their research, accuracy, creativity, and  presentation of results

Date:  1984 - present

Read the winning Essays:

Horatia Durant History Contest winners, 2005

Raglan and District Local History Group

Raglan and District Local History Group was established in 1955

The first lecture  of the Raglan Local History Group was entitled, "The Traveller of Taste in 18th Century Monmouthshire”  This lecture  was delivered at the Raglan Jeffrey's Hall in September 1955

Constitution of Raglan & District Local History Group

  1. The Name of the Group shall be The Raglan & District Local History Group.
  2. The Objects of the Group shall be to encourage the study of local history in the area and further research into the subject.
  3. These Objects shall be pursued by means of meetings, lectures, visits to historical sites, publicaion of articles, exchange of information and to organise activities to encourage the aims of the group.
  4. Membership shall be open to anyone interested in the aims of the Society.
  5. Subscriptions shall be due annually, by 1st November, at a rate agreed by the Annual general Meeting. Notification of events will be sent for the ensuing six months, after which unpaid subscriptions will be deemed to have lapsed. Membership lists shall be updated periodically.
  6. Management:

    • The management and control of the Group's affairs shall be vested in a Committee of nine paid-up members to be elected at the Annual general Meeting. The Officers of the Group are as follows: Life President, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, also elected at the Annual general Meeting. The Committee will consist of the five officers and six other members
    • The Committee shall be empowered to co-opt additional members for general or specific purposes for not more than one year
    • The Committee members and Officers shall sit for a maximum term of three consecutive years, unless specifically extended by the majority decision of the Committee, and agreed by the Annual general Meeting. Nominations to be proposed, seconded and received in writing not less than one week before the Annual General Meeting
    • The Committee will meet twice a year and at any other time as necessary to conduct the business of the Group
  7. The Group will meet five times in the winter for monthly lectures and five times in the summer for outings and visits. The winter starts with the Annual general Meeting in October and finishes in April with the exception of December. The summer programme begins in May and continues until September with the exception of August.
  8. An Annual general Meeting shall be held in October of each year, to receive the Committee's reports, accounts, and proposals, and to elect a Committee for the ensuring year. Notification of such meetings shall be sent to every paid-up member at least fourteen days beforehand.
  9. In the event of the Group ceasing to exist, the disposal of such funds as it possesses will be passed to an equivalent group within the area or a suitable charity.
  10. No income or property owned by the Group may be distributed to members of the Group during its lifetime
  11. The Constitution of the Group may only be amended at the Annual General Meeting provided that a six week notice of the amendments has been circulated to the members of the Group or at the calling of an Extraordinary Meeting of the Group by no less than ten members.

Written February 2005
Adopted, October 2005

© C Morgan 2014