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Photographs and Pictures: County Archives Office

Old Pic's 1The Powys County Archives Office contains a limited number of photographs, postcards, engravings. It also has cuttings from various journals, magazines, and newspapers which contain illustrative material, deposited by Cardiff Library.

The items cover Brecknockshire Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire, and mainly illustrate the:

  • Towns,
  • the Elan Valley (before, during and after the construction of the dams) Churches,
  • Country houses,
  • locations on the Wye, and
  • various other tourist locations popular in the 18th and 19th Centuries.

The engravings are generally speaking circa 1830, with a small number dating from the late 18th Century.

Photographs and postcards cover all areas and subjects, with Towns and the Elan Valley featuring strongly (early 20th Century views predominate).  There are some Valentine and Wrench series postcards.

A number of cuttings from The Builder also Building News contain plans and views of Churches, Houses and Public Buildings, circa 1880-1900.  From The Engineer and Daily Graphic come accounts of the construction of the Elan Valley Reservoirs.  There are articles from The Christian Pictorial of 1895, and both local and national newspapers, including The Illustrated London News.

There are two miscellaneous collections relating to Powys as whole.  These comprise of  railway station views taken during 1965-1967, mainly of the former Cambrian Railways/Great Western Railway system, and a separate collection of commercial premises taken in 1970-1994, mainly Inns and Public Houses.

A collection of black and white photographs of towns and villages in Powys, taken in the 1940s and 1950s, has recently been acquired (some of these have gone to the museums).

Powys County Archive Office references:  B/D/CL; R/D/CL; M/D/CL; P/X/6; P/X/12; P/X/13.

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