Ministry of Works guidebooks to Wales

Laugharne Castle © David Gill
Laugharne Castle © David Gill

By 1955, the Ministry of Works had published (or was planning to publish) nearly 50 guidebooks and pamphlets to sites in Wales in its care. These included ones by the following authors (and using the spelling then used):

Harold Brakspear

  • Tintern Abbey (1934)

Oswin Edmund Craster

  • Anglesey, Ancient Monuments of (1953)
  • Brecon Gaer (1954)
  • Caerwent Roman City (1951)
  • Cilgerran Castle (1957)

Peter Castle Floud

  • Castell Coch (1954)

William F. Grimes

  • Capel Garmon Burial Chamber (1958)
  • Pentre-ifan Burial Chamber (1953)

Douglas Bland Hague

  • Gwydir-uchaf Chapel (1953)

Wilfrid James Hemp

  • Beaumaris Castle (1933)
  • Bryn Celli Ddu (1935)
  • Denbigh Castle (1932) [with Ralegh Radford]
  • Ewloe Castle (1929)
  • Flint Castle (1929)
  • Harlech Castle (1927) [with Peers]

Bryan Hugh St John O’Neil

  • Criccieth Castle (1934)
  • New Castle, Bridgend (1949)
  • Talley Abbey (1938)

Charles Reed Peers

  • Caernarvon Castle and Town Walls (1929)
  • Harlech Castle (1927) [with Hemp]

John Clifford Perks

  • Chepstow Castle (1967)

C.A. Ralegh Radford

  • Coity Castle (1946)
  • Cymmer Abbey (1934)
  • Denbigh Castle (1932) [with Hemp]
  • Dolbadarn Castle (1948)
  • Dolwyddelan Castle (1934)
  • Eliseg’s Pillar (1953)
  • Ewenny Priory (1952)
  • Grosmont Castle (1930)
  • Kidwelly Castle (1935)
  • Lamphey Palace (1948)
  • Llawhaden Castle (1947)
  • Margam Museum (1949)
  • Ogmore Castle (1933)
  • St David’s, Bishop’s Palace (1934)
  • St Dogmael’s Abbey (1962)
  • Skenfrith Castle (1949)
  • Strata Florida (1936)
  • Tretower Castle (1950)
  • Tretower Court (1938)
  • Valle Crucis Abbey (1967)
  • White Castle (1934)

H.N. Savory

  • Tinkinswood and St Lythans Long Cairns (1950)

A.J. Taylor

R.E. Mortimer Wheeler and Tessa Wheeler

Planned, but not published

  • Oxwich Castle

NOTE: these are not necessarily the earliest dates of publication and will be updated if new details come to light.

Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and an Academic Associate in SISJAC at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

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