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Powys County Archives Office
Radnorshire secondary schools records

Reference code(s): GB 0223 R/E/SS

Held at: Powys County Archives Office

Title: Radnorshire Secondary Schools Records

Short Title: Radnorshire secondary schools records

Creation date(s): 1898-2000

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: (Information to be supplied)

Name of creator(s): Llandrindod High School; John Beddoes School


Administrative/Biographical history: Llandrindod Wells County School was established in the 1890s. It was known as Llandrindod Wells Grammar School from early 20th century. Llandrindod Wells Grammar School became part of the new Llandrindod High along with Rhayader Secondary and Clyro Court Secondary in 1972. John Beddoes School, Presteigne was the second independent grammar school to be founded in Wales, established in 1565 by local wool manufacturer John Beddoes. In 1902 the Board of Education opened the school to girls for the first time and it became known as the County School, only regaining its Grammar School title after the 1944 Education Act. As secondary education became universally available there were moves to replace the school with a secondary school at Knighton. This new school became a secondary modern school however, and the Presteigne establishment continued as a grammar school. It became known as Presteigne Grammar School from the 1950's. Following the closure of the Knighton school in 1970, Presteigne Grammar became fully comprehensive and the name John Beddoes was adopted.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of Radnorshire secondary schools, 1898-2000, comprising records of Llandrindod High School, 1926-1982, including log books, 1945-1969; admissions registers, 1926-1941; stock and stores registers, 1943-1959; records of John Beddoes School, 1898-2000, including log books, 1898-2000; governors' records, 1973-1999; staff registers, 1898-1966; parent teacher association records, 1974-1984.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into two groups: Group one consists of Llandrindod High School records; Group two consists of John Beddoes School, Presteigne, records

Conditions governing access: Powys Archive Office restrictions, relating to data protection, apply

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy is available at the Powys County Archives Service.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Powys County Archives Service have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Source not recorded



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Powys County Archives Service, Llandrindod High School, catalogue; Powys County Archives Service, John Beddoes School, Presteigne, catalogue; Powys Digital History Project, (, viewed 21 April 2005

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2005

Education, Secondary | Wales | Powys
Schools | Wales | Powys

Personal names

Corporate names
John Beddoes County School
John Beddoes Grammar School | (1565-1902)
John Beddoes Grammar School | (1944-1950)
John Beddoes School
Llandrindod High School
Llandrindod Wells County School
Llandrindod Wells Grammar School
Presteigne Grammar School

Llandrindod Wells (Wales)
Presteigne (Wales)

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