On Saturday 22 September, we held a study-day together with members of the Llangammarch Wells History Society. The day started in the Alexandra Hall with a series of presentations by local society members, Gaynor Williams, Simon Lilly, and Sue Lilly, on a number of village celebrities, most notably Theophilus Jones and his grandfather Theophilus Evans, but also including John Penry and John Price Beulah. William Gibbs then gave a fascinating talk on the people who had worked with Theophilus Jones on providing the illustrations for the first edition of his great work, The History of the County of Brecknockshire (and also relevant to our visit to Powys Archives, below).
In the lunch break, there was an opportunity to compare various editions of ‘the History’, which had been brought along by members of the Brecknock Society and Museum Friends. During the afternoon, there was a visit to Llangammarch Church to see, among other things, the important ‘Llangammarch Spiral’ carved stone above the entrance porch (there is an article about this by Simon Lilly in Brycheiniog Volume 50), and the grave that contains the mortal remains of both Theophilus Evans and Theophilus Jones.