©  The Research Group

Abergavenny Local History Society 
          Charity Number 1098582              

The Research Group


The Research group is continuing its activities as far as possible within the current limitations. Members are working from home with occasional, outdoor, distanced meetings when these are allowed.


ALHS has a 40 year history of undertaking research projects. The St Mary’s Research Group was formed in 1978 to record all available sources of information about the History of St Mary’s Priory.

In the 1980s the Abergavenny Street Survey research was undertaken leading to the publishing of the Survey in 1989.  A Town Remembers: Memories of Wartime Abergavenny 1939-1945 was published in 2003 as a result of the Society's Oral History Project conducted by a team of volunteers and edited by Richard Davies.

In the 2010 the Castle Research Group was set up to discover the History of Abergavenny Castle between 1818, when Castle House was built on the site of the old keep, to the 1950s when the Museum was established there. It is hoped that this work will make a material contribution to the Castle House 200th anniversary exhibition at the Museum in 2019.

In 2015 three members of the group transcribed the Abergavenny Vestry Book, covering the period from the 1704-1807 on behalf of Gwent Archives. 

The group updated the Abergavenny Street Survey and put all the data on to a website - www.abergavennystreetsurvey.co.uk which went online in 2017.
Recently the history of Gunter Mansion has been collated on behalf of the Welsh Georgian Trust. (Any additional information about recusants in Abergavenny and the surrounding area in the 17th & 18th centuries is still welcome.)


Our most recent project has been The Home Front in WW1 in Abergavenny which has contributed to two publications and a display which has appeared in the pop-up space at Gunter Mansion and other places.

Some members of the group spent 3 years been undertaking a Survey of the Headstones in the Old Hereford Road Cemetery. The DVD with the transcription of the Abergavenny Burial book, plus all our headstone information and over 700 photographs is now published. Please see the 'Books and Leaflets' page for more information.


We are currently transcribing the St Mary's parish records from the mid 17th century and are hoping in the future to make those and the notes of the St Mary’s Priory research available here. There is a WW2 project and a Tourism in Abergavenny project in the pipeline. The Research Group members usually work in pairs or alone for a couple of hours each week. We meet up for coffee once a month to keep in contact with each other to discuss our activities and discoveries.


The following articles in Gwent Local History Journal all make use of data found by the Research Group. Copies of the journals can be obtained from strong@btinternet.com for £5 + £1 p&p. Group members have also contributed many articles to the Summer Newsletters.

Entertainments at Abergavenny Castle 1880 to 1914 by Gill Wakley. Gwent Local History Journal 2015, no117.   
Civic Activities in the Abergavenny Vestry Book in the Eighteenth Century by Gill Wakley & Sue Smith. Gwent Local History Journal 2016, no 119.
Churchwardens and Church Affairs in the Abergavenny Vestry Minutes 1702-1804 by Gill Wakley & Sue Smith. Gwent Local History Journal 2016, no 120.
Poor Relief in the Abergavenny Vestry Book 1702-1804 by Gill Wakley & Sue Smith. Gwent Local History Journal 2017, no 121.
The Great War: What was it like in Abergavenny? by Gill Wakley & the Abergavenny LHS research group. Gwent Local History Journal 2018, no 123.

The Foster Family and their influence on Abergavenny 1887-2005 Particularly in the Construction of Fosterville Crescent. Margaret Giles. Gwent Local History Journal 2019, no 125. 

Visit Abergavenny, Gateway to Wales. Researches into Tourism to Abergavenny and district - The Early Years. by Gill Wakley and the Abergavenny LHS Research Group. Gwent Local History Journal 2020, no 127.

An annual subscription to Gwent County History Association (email stong:btinternet.co.uk) for £10 will make sure you don't miss any articles!

Members of the Research Group in the Abergavenny Chronicle Archives