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Jean M
10-09-2016, 08:19 PM

Thousands of new aerial views of Welsh heritage launched online

Wales has an extraordinary and diverse heritage, dating from prehistoric times to the present day. Each year the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales carries out a specialist programme of exploratory aerial reconnaissance, often at the extremes of light and season, to discover new stories about the people, landscape and history of Wales.

Now some 22,200 newly-catalogued digital aerial photographs have been added to Coflein, our national online catalogue of archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage in Wales, representing a vast new image resource showing Wales from the air.

There are highlights and surprises in these new aerial views of Wales, from the setting-up of the 2012 National Eisteddfod of Wales at Llandow in south Wales and the modern skyline of Cardiff Bay to stunning winter views of medieval castles at Caerphilly and Chirk, as well as the legendary Dinas Emrys in Snowdonia caught in a shaft of sunlight. Buried archaeology is showcased in the green cropmarks of a Roman temple or villa at Broadheath near Presteigne. The varied landscape of Wales is captured in winter vistas over the mountains of Snowdonia, including the Snowdon Range, Llyn Stwlan reservoir, Ffestiniog and the archaeologically rich uplands of Dyffryn Ardudwy around Pen y Dinas hillfort. Also notable is the blue pool of Penrhyn Slate Quarry at Bethesda, Gwynedd, contrasting with the flooded valley of the River Tywi in winter 2012 to the east of Carmarthen.

The heritage of Wales can be browsed online at www.coflein.gov.uk. To obtain copies of aerial photography please contact the National Monuments Record of Wales Enquiry Service.

Jean M
10-09-2016, 08:32 PM
Any favourites from our members with Welsh ancestry?

10-09-2016, 09:21 PM
Any favourites from our members with Welsh ancestry?

Not very exciting but I have a personal connection to this one. My great grandmother and her parents (my great great grandparents) lived at 59 Pool Rd, Newtown, Wales in the 1891 Census.

It was located very close to the small rectangular building on the River Severn, right below the very large Tesco building

Google map snap shot of same area

Street view of the small rectangular building (BP gas station)
https://www.google.com/maps/place/59+Pool+Rd,+Newtown+SY16,+UK/@52.5145565,-3.3066615,3a,60y,352.71h,90.09t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sbJ6lz4eNLHBhAM8ogElSDg!2e0!7i1 3312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x486ffc9b98261bf9:0x2197e8b 574cefae4!8m2!3d52.5145417!4d-3.3066827

Another aerial of Newtown in 1932.

10-09-2016, 09:25 PM
Any favourites from our members with Welsh ancestry?

Caerwent - or Venta Silurum - for me, as well as the Caerleon amphitheatre. These are two sites that made me feel the thrill of ancient history as a child and are equally exciting to visit today. I'm so pleased to find out about this wonderful Welsh website. It looks as useful as the Megalithic Portal, which I rate highly.

10-09-2016, 10:48 PM
Any favourites from our members with Welsh ancestry?

No images yet, just an entry for the Nant-Y-Glo ironworks, I hope they get some. My great grandmother was born there, and her father and brother worked in the iron mills.