The History and Archaeology of Machynlleth
Left: The recently renovated and re-opened Royal House
A new group Etifeddiaeth Dyffryn Dyfi (Dyfi Valley Heritage) invited Jeff Spencer (Historic Environment Record Officer at the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust) to give an evening talk with illustrations about CPAT and the history and archaeology of Machynlleth on 7th November. The whole range of sites and periods was covered, from traces of prehistoric activity in the area to a Cold War observation and monitoring post of the Royal Observer Corps. Work in 2004 and 2005 by CPAT at Parliament House and Royal House, two of the town’s oldest buildings was reported on (click here for more information). It was good to see Royal House in use again as the town’s Tourist Information centre. The growth of the town from medieval times, its links to droving, and some of its significant buildings were also covered. The talk was drawn to a close with an acknowledgement of the important work undertaken in Machynlleth and elsewhere by two former residents, the late amateur archaeologist James Barfoot and his wife Peggy, who sadly passed away last year.
Right: Jeff enthusing members of Etifeddiaeth Dyffryn Dyfi!
The event, held in the foyer of Y Tabernacl, went very well, being attended by 21 members and non-members and Jeff was invited to visit the group again to talk about the wider environs of the Dyfi Valley.