Hidden Histories: episode four
Episode Four follows survey work to uncover the rich archaeology of the Welsh uplands, examines an industrial-scale model farm built by a Victorian millionaire and uncovers decorated walls in a sixteenth-century house.
The 1841 census marked the high tide of population in many rural parishes.
Uncovering the Welsh Uplands
Jenny Hall and Paul Sambrook search out lost sites for the Royal Commission's Uplands Archaeology Initiative at Aberedw near Builth Wells and meet farmer Ray Powell to talk about the marks that past generations have left on the hills.
The uplands of Wales are an incredibly rich archaeological resource. The abandoned farmstead of Penblaenmilo is one of many scattered across the rural landscape. The 1841 census marked the high tide of population in many rural parishes. It recorded 345 people in Aberedw parish, almost all making their living from the land, but towns and industrial areas drew people away. By the 1880s, Penblaenmilo was one of thousands of upland farmsteads and cottages that had been abandoned.
Discover more about the abandoned farmstead of Penblaenmilo on the Royal Commission's website.