Due to Colin’s retirement as editor of the BGHF Journal (see above) we are pleased to announce that Rodger Burchell has been appointed to follow in his footsteps. With a background in Archaeology, a specific interest the history of Beaufort and mills and milling in Gwent, he is extremely well qualified to take on this role.
Rodger Burchell was born in the parish of Caerleon and brought up in Ebbw Vale where he spent much of his life working at the Ebbw Vale steel works. He was educated at Ebbw Vale grammar school, Ebbw Vale College, Cardiff University and Caerleon University; where he later returned as a lecturer in Archaeological fieldwork and Practice prior to the closure of the campus.
Following the closure, he spent 5 years as a geophysical specialist for SiteScan Archaeological, and as a field archaeologist for Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust, (GGAT) and also Church & Site Archaeology and CADW among others. He has worked all over the British Isles and appeared in several TV programs including the much watched ‘Time Team’ and ‘The Restoration Man’ programmes as well as others. He is an active member of several history and archaeology societies and is a practitioner of the ‘Chartered Institute for Archaeology. His studies included Welsh History and its sources, manuscripts, maps, etc, Archaeology, Industrial Archaeology, Local History and Landscape History and Archaeology the latter forming the basis for his Master of Arts Degree. His MA (Wales) focussed on the history of Milling in Gwent with a particular interest in Upland Gwent desertions or abandonment during the period 1200 to 1550. He has written several ‘historic’ walks for the surrounding area and is currently gathering data for a history of Beaufort.
Page 7 Alun Armstrong – My Tredegar Manse Memories –
Page 11 Colin Morgan – The Valley Boy ‘Who Never Was’
Page 15 Carolyn Jones – BGHF Web Site Report
Page 16 Eifion Lloyd Davies – David Lewis – King Crispin
Page 30 Rodger Burchell – John Warnes: A Footsoldier for God
Page 55 Contributors To This Journal
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Rodger is currently inviting contributions relating to historic Blaenau Gwent for inclusion into Issue 26. He is looking for articles from new contributors so please make contact if you have work that you would like to submit. We ask that all contributors refer to the ‘Guidance Notes for Contributors’ below.