History of the Society

The History of the Society

From all the information gathered it would seem that the Society was first formed in the 1950’s and ran for a few years until it disbanded, only to be reformed in the 1980’s and then disbanded once more. The catalyst leading to the Society once again being reformed was the very first Talgarth Festival in 1996. Archives that had been carefully preserved in the town library were dug out and a display was held in the Rugby Club at Trefecca Road. This was a huge success and a register of interest was signed by about twenty people. The first meeting of the newly resurgent Society was held the following month and soon a constitution was agreed and new committee members were elected.   Over the years the Society has tried to encourage and gather in new archive material from people who live or who have lived in the area and new additions and leads are always welcome.  An ongoing theme of the Society is to record events of today, because by tomorrow they really are History. In years to come, the many photos and stories we have recorded will be a fascinating insight into life in Talgarth and District for future generations, just as information recorded by people in the past has been to us. In 2007 a couple of members took old archive pictures and revisited the sites; they took new photos from the same places, perhaps a hundred years on. The results are fascinating and can be seen in the Photo Gallery.  Another area in which we have been active is the oral recording of memories of older members of the community – a project which started not long after the reformation of the Society. It was a sensible move as we have been endowed with many interesting stories of life, events and customs in Talgarth people who have since sadly passed. Topics covered have been the fifty-five shops in Talgarth in the 40’s/50’s where each shop was mentioned, with stories of the owners and what they were selling; two on Agriculture which refer to Hiring Fairs and the making of ‘Tangle Foot,’ otherwise known as cider!; the TB Hospital where patients slept outside in the corridors; the War Years; the Land Army; the closing of the Railway in 1964, described by the ninety-three year old last Station Master of Talgarth; and the Great Flood of Talgarth in 1998, an interview on which was done whilst memories were fresh.   For any further information and enquiries about joining, email: info@talgarthanddistricthistoricalsociety.co.uk or come to the next meeting