Calendar of Meetings 2011

Saturday 9th April: AGM, St Illtyd’s Church, Llantwit Major
11.00 am AGM
11.45 am Presentation on the Galilee Chapel Project, St Illtyd’s Church by Gareth Kiddie, Director GKS, (http:/, followed by an examination of the medieval stone monuments in the church, guided by Dr Maddy Grey and Dr  Tim Palmer.

Saturday 14th May: Pebbly Brownstones of the West Brecon Beacons
Leader: John Davies
Meet 11.00 am at Cross Hands Co-operative car park.
The trip will look at the use of Old Red Sandstone.

Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th June: Building stone in North Wales
Leaders: Adam Voelcker & John Davies

Meet Saturday 12th 11.00 am at Caernarfon Castle.

The itinerary for Saturday will include a wide variety of local building stones viewed at the following localities; Trefor (granite) Quarry, Clynnog Fawr Church, Pant Glas, Penygroes and Talysarn. On the Sunday morning the trip will visit Beddgelert church and Tremadog (Coade Stone gate) and in the afternoon move south to Minfordd, Maentwrog and Trawsfynydd.

Saturday 16th July: Gwrhyd Quarry
Leaders: Justin Woodfield (Gwyrhyd Quarry) & Jana Horák
Meet at 11.00am at Gwyrhyd Quarry [Rhiwfawr, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA9 2SB] see web site for map,

The quarry is a major supplier of Pennant Sandstone, producing a wide variety of products for conservation and new build projects. Please confirm that you wish to attend this meeting. If possible members should bring hard hats and a high visibility
jackets/waist coats.

Saturday September 10th Building Stone of the Old Radnor Area
Leaders: John Davies & Jana Horák
Meet 11.00 am Harp Inn, Old Radnor [SO 250591]

This trip will examine the local use of the Folly Sandstone of Llandovery Age (Silurian) which outcrops across the Powys-Herefordshire border area. We will visit the Folly Sandstone quarry in the morning returning to the Harp Inn for lunch. In the
afternoon we will view examples of the use of Folly Sandstone in local buildings, ending the day in New Radnor.

Thursday 20th October – Visit to the Royal Forest Pennant quarry & works
Leaders: Andrew Haycock
Meet: 14.00, Royal Forest Pennant premises, (Bixslade Stone Works, Parkend, GL15 4JS).

Royal Forest Pennant stone has been used for a wide variety of new build and conservation projects (see Newsletter No. 7, 2010). The stone differs significantly from the Pennant Sandstone at Gwrhyd Quarry. The visit will include both a visit to the quarry and the works to view the variety of products. Places are limited for this trip. Please confirm with Tim Palmer or Andrew Haycock if you wish to attend.

Friday 21st October : SEMINAR/WORKSHOP
Identifying Building Stone In Wales: National Museum of Wales, Cardiff 11.00 – 15.30

Contributors to include: Dr T. Palmer, Dr G.Lott, Dr J. Davies, Dr J. Horák. Mr J. Shipton. Topics will include identification of major building stone types in Wales, (with an opportunity to view hand specimens), recording building stone information and case studies.

Registration fee. Please contact Jana Horák (, tel: 029 20573353) for further details. This meeting is open to non-WSF members.


To confirm that you will attend any of the field meetings and to confirm meeting points please contact:
Dr Tim Palmer ( or tel. 01970 627107

  • National Museum Cardiff

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    Discover art, natural history and geology. With a busy programme of exhibitions and events, we have something to amaze everyone, whatever your interest – and admission is free!

  • St Fagans National History Museum

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    St Fagans is one of Europe's foremost open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction.

  • Big Pit National Coal Museum

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    Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out.

  • National Wool Museum

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    Located in the historic former Cambrian Mills, the Museum is a special place with a spellbinding story to tell.

  • National Roman Legion Museum

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    In AD 75, the Romans built a fortress at Caerleon that would guard the region for over 200 years. Today at the National Roman Legion Museum you can learn what made the Romans a formidable force and how life wouldn't be the same without them.

  • National Slate Museum

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    The National Slate Museum offers a day full of enjoyment and education in a dramatically beautiful landscape on the shores of Llyn Padarn.

  • National Waterfront Museum

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    The National Waterfront Museum at Swansea tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years.

  • Rhagor: Explore our collections

    Rhagor (Welsh for ‘more’) offers unprecedented access to the amazing stories that lie behind our collections.