On this page we would like to show you a selection of recent and also historical photographs of the Painscastle and Rhosgoch area and/or its community taken by local residents. We also want to show you some of the delights that can be found nearby if you choose to spend some more time here. In the future we may develop this section further to include more extensive albums and archives and possibly even a friendly competition. If you wish to submit digital images for inclusion in the Gallery please contact us for further details.
Stuart Nielsen of Rhulen has kindly supplied some of his images for us to display on this site. As well as taking striking photographs that illustrate some of his favourite things in this area, such as the characterful shops of Hay-on-Wye and the hill ponies to be found in the uplands around Painscastle and Rhosgoch, Stuart can provide a range of photographic services. For more information see his web site.
Many thanks also to the late Michael King for contributing this lovely panorama shot taken in the Bryngwyn area. Please do contact us if you would like to share more work like this.
Miscellaneous Historical Images
We would love to see more old images of the area, so please check your cupboards and let us know if you find anything.
Then and Now
The photograph of Painscastle below was recently passed to the editorial team and was originally published in the July 1907 edition of an illustrated magazine called "The Treasury". The article was about the infamous local hermit-priest known as the "Solitary". The photograph on the right shows that relatively few changes have been made to the buildings since then, although the main cottage on the right known as the "Old Shop" is now a private home.
Greetings from Rhosgoch
Richard Baylis of Rhosgoch Holiday Park has very kindly sent in some old postcards that he found amongst his family papers. He can't be sure when these were printed, but he can confirm that the first few images show some views of the Park. If anybody knows exactly when these might have been taken or can recognise the last few pictures, please let us know.