Exactly one hundred years have elapsed since Theophilus Jones published the final volume of his History of Brecknockshire. His narrative closes practically, for general purposes, with the reign of King Henry the Eighth, though in the Parochial Section he carries the history forward to about the year 1800. In the latter department, therefore, more than a century awaits a chronicle.
Since the days when the talented Historian compiled his extensive and interesting work, Archaeology has been largely illustrated ancient Welsh Literature has been translated by a learned Society into the English tongue; Geology has been written and re - written as facts have fallen into their places under the pen of the philosopher the finest maps the world has ever known have been issued by the Ordnance Survey, rendering a revision of County topo graphy comparatively easy and Philology has become a new science. It will, therefore, not be necessary to enlarge upon those matters, for by the liberality of publishers the reader will find ready to his hand many books dealing with them.
But in the domain of purely county history, much remains to be added in order that it may be carried to the present period. Records of the county have been collated and arranged in a manner unknown in 1800. The iron industry of Brecknock has waxed, and alas! Waned; steam has altered and vastly improved the communications with England, bringing Brecknock within a few hours' journey of the Metropolis and the great trading ports on the Mersey towns have Sprung into being, and many of the largest houses in the county have been built during the 19th century people formerly unknown here have made it their home, and would fain record their modern fortunes after the great names of those who, in earlier times, moulded the history of the county.
The old bridle paths have given place to good roads laid in every direction throughout the county, making transit easy for man and beast; waterways, established over a century ago, and for many years extensively used for the conveyance of merchandize, have been gradually but surely superseded by various railway systems; elective bodies now control the business afi'airs of the county, for so many years managed exclusively by the magistrates, and this method of popular representative government has been extended to every town and almost every parish; the criminal law is administered with strict regard to the cause of justice, and the punishment of offenders is no longer in?icted with barbarity there has been a gradual but gratifying abatement of serious crime: a crude and limited system of education, in operation up to quite recent times, has been replaced by a more generous and perfect National code, rendering possible the admission of even the humblest into the Universities, to the learned professions, and the service of the Church and State our ancient Royal foundation, Christ College, rescued from the list of perishing and mismanaged institutions, equipped with new buildings and competent teachers, and placed under vigorous government, has developed into one of the most efficient educational establishments in Wales; and added to this we have those various Secondary Schools provided under the Welsh Intermediate Educa tion Act.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Theophilus Jones
Published Date - August 27 2019
ISBN - 9780331957013
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
Page Count - 266
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