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Knucklas history

OLD KNUCKLAS

There are some local pictures in the Knucklas/Heyope archive at The Peoples Collection, Wales, collected by a Knucklas man. Look here: button_blue_play

The Beacon magazine publishes old photographs some months. Look here: button_blue_play

There is some useful information in Wikipedia here: button_blue_play

CPAT (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust) have information here: button_blue_play

There are fascinating extracts from documents of 1833 and 1868 about Knucklas, Heyop, and Beguildy here: button_blue_play

The most famous person from  Knucklas is probably Vavasor Powell, a Welsh Puritan preacher in the 17th Century.

Biographies can be found here: button_blue_play and here:button_blue_play

If anyone has any old photographs, documents or just memories of the old days, we would love to hear from you. Use the form on “Contact us” page or call 520266.

 KNUCKLAS CASTLE

Information about the castle is available in several places:

The castle hill as a possible iron age fort is noted here:button_blue_play

Our own Knucklas Castle Community Land Project – click to visit: button_blue_play

Paul Remfry has published his understanding of the castle here: button_blue_play and here: button_blue_play

Some minimal information is here (with the wrong directions!): button_blue_play

The Mortimer Society have, of course, a great interest in the history of the area and much information; look here:button_blue_play

The Luminarium also has references; look here:button_blue_play

The Arthur and Guinevere legend appears in many places. For instance King Arthur’s Knights site here:button_blue_play
also the Britannia (USA) site:

Arthur: button_blue_play

Guinevere:button_blue_play

Also the Early British Kingdoms site has much information here:button_blue_play

 THE VIADUCT

The famous viaduct is often mentioned by historians and railway enthusiasts. It is a listed building grade II* and listing details are here:button_blue_play

The transport Heritage site has some good information: button_blue_play; and Wikipedia (see link above) has some limited information.

The viaduct was completed in 1863 by the Central Wales Railway, and the line was opened in 1864.  It is 190 yards long and consists of 13 arches and is 75 feet high. Its major features are the castellated towers at either end and the embellished parapets. Then the line southwards rises at 1 in 60 (the steepest part of the line) to the highest point of the line at 320m (980ft) as the line leaves the Llangunllo tunnel.

HOWLTA have produced a small pamphlet to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its opening: see here and here Viaduct history

A good video on YouTube shows steam hauled train on the viaduct:button_blue_play

THE RADNORSHIRE SOCIETY

The Radnorshire Society have an interest in all Radnorshire history and their web site is here:button_blue_play

The first ever field trip by the Society was to Knucklas Castle in 1931, see button_blue_play

The Transactions to 2004 are available digitally here:button_blue_playand a search on Knucklas produces 81 references. Later Transactions are not digitised and the web site has none later than 2007. Contact the secretary (email on their web site) for copies and other information.

ST. DAVID’S CHURCHYARD

The Knucklas Castle Community Land Project initiated a survey of the graves in St. David’s church, Heyope.

The results are available on the church web site here:button_blue_play
Anyone looking for history of families in the area may find something useful there.