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Newport – The William Evans Papers

We met on the 31 August to hear a talk on William Evans by Don Llewellyn

William Evans was an enterprising shop keeper in the village of Pentyrch in Glamorgan between about 1860 and 1898. He kept very detailed records and his stock of papers was eventually left in the loft of his village store. This stock contained bills and invoices, personal letters (including to and from his children away at school) and concerning village and chapel affairs. A complete panoramic view of village life during this time.

In the 1970s the village store had been long abandoned and derelict. Some of the papers were found blowing around in the street so Don investigated, found the hoard and analyzed what was an outstanding historical discovery.

Don, as an experienced television producer and director, delivered a first class presentation for us of this incredible find.

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