New Publication - The Crickhowell Union Workhouse 'The Spike'
For over one hundred years, the Crickhowell Union provided support to the poor of ten parishes covering industrial communities of the hills—Brynmawr, Beaufort, Rassau, Nantyglo, agricultural villages in the Usk valley and Black Mountains—Bwlch, Cwmdu, Llangattock, Partrishow, and of course the town of Crickhowell. At the Union's heart lay the workhouse on the Dardy—refuge of last resort, orphanage, infirmary, and lunatic asylum.
This book presents the stories of the Union and its workhouse using original material drawn from the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Guardians, local newspaper reports, school log books and much more. A picture emerges of the lives of the poor residents, the concerns of the Guardians, the work of the Union officers and life in the workhouse. Also included are up-to-date pictures of the many remaining buildings from the workhouse complex at the Dardy in Llangattock.
Proceeds from the sale of this book go to support the work of the Bethesda Chapel in Llangattock and the Crickhowell District Archive Centre.
Publication of Young Men, to Arms!
I am delighted to tell you that our long awaited book, 'Young Men, to Arms!' The First World War in the Crickhowell District has now been published and is available for purchase at the Archive Centre during normal opening hours, 10.00 - 12.30, Monday to Saturday.
When the Archive Centre is closed the book may be purchased from the Information Desk of CRIC (ground floor). They are open from 10.00 - 17.00, Monday to Saturday and from 10.00 - 13.30 on Sunday.