Origins: Exploring the Early History of Neyland and Llanstadwell

Dr Simon Hancock and Mrs Maureen Molyneux

Dr Simon Hancock and Mrs Maureen Molyneux of the Lord Gordon Parry Fund

An exhibition entitled ‘Origins: Exploring the Early History of Neyland and Llanstadwell’ was recently installed at Neyland Library. Curated by Dr Simon Hancock, the display of artefacts and historic maps shows the history of the locality to go back many centuries to the Bronze Age and beyond. The focus of the railway and Brunel has meant that the early history of Neyland and the other settlements like Scoveston, Waterston, Newton, Norton and other places have often been overlooked. The display considers the names and origins of the settlements and the locally-found artefacts include a delicate whalebone comb, civil war era cannon ball, medieval figure of St James, head of a Roman figurine and much more. The display has been made possible thanks to funding from South Hook LNG and a generous donation from a fund in memory of the late Lord Gordon Parry who loved history. Mrs Molyneux said ‘I think everyone should welcome the exhibition and make people think of the origins of the communities in which we live today. It was an inspired idea by Dr Hancock to put on such a display.’