Welcome to The Longtown Historical Society Archive
Longtown Historical Society was established over thirty years ago to promote knowledge of local history in an area of southwest Herefordshire between the Golden Valley and the Black Mountains. This includes much of the ancient Hundred of Ewyas Lacy.
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The Local Heritage Initiative has funded a three year research programme into the history of the Ewyas Lacy Hundred. The Longtown Historical Society is carrying out this research in two parts, an Archive project and an Oral History project.
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The Archive project is identifying and indexing historical documents. Summaries of them are being made available in fully searchable form on this website as a resource for studies of family history, genealogy, local history and community heritage.
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The Oral History project is making sound and video recordings of the recollections of local residents about their communities, for publication on DVD, and gathering old photographs of the way things were.
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Click on the map to browse the Archive
Point and click on the parish name to see Archive entries for that parish. Refine your search by entering key words in the 'find' box at the top of the page, or build complex queries using the search options facility.
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Outreach and Education are important objectives of the research programme. Support is available to schools and community groups wishing to broaden awareness of local history and heritage. < More about Outreach and Education >
Thank you for visiting our site. We hope you find the Archive of value in your historical research. It is still under development and we invite you to send us your feedback and suggestions through the contact page.
The Local Heritage Initiative
The Local Heritage Initiative was devised by and administered by the Countryside Agency. The Initiative distributed funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund to encourage communities in England to take practical action to care for their local heritage. The Countryside Agency is the statutory body working to make the quality of life better for people in the countryside and is a non-departmental public body sponsored by DEFRA. The Heritage Lottery Fund enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage, whilst the Nationwide Building Society provides additional sponsorship support to the Local Heritage Initiative.