Hockey, Primrose, collection 1785-1993

Summary Information

Gwent Archives
Primrose Hockey Collection
0.045 Cubic Metres
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Biographical/Historical note

Primrose Hockey (1903-1996) was born at Llanfrechfa, Monmouthshire, the first of four children of Eliza Ann Maria and Edward Hockey, a gardener and groom in Llanfrechfa. Educated at the village school, the College Pontypool and Kennington St Gabriels College, London, she entered the teaching profession. She worked in London, the USA and at Griffithstown County School, Monmouthshire. In 1948 she became the headmistress of the Charles Williams Charity Junior School at Caerleon, and held the post until her retirement in 1968. Miss Hockey was also a member and president of the Pontypool and Monmouthshire County Association of the National Union of Teachers; a founder member of Caerleon Local History Society and member of Gwent Local History Council. She published a history of Caerleon in 1970. She was also a Justice of the Peace and in 1960 was honoured with the Order of a Member of the British Empire.

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Scope and Contents note

Papers of Primrose Hockey, 1785-1993, including personal papers, 1915-1972; financial papers, [c.1940]-1993; notebooks of general interest, local history and travel, [c.1910s]-1982; local history notes relating to Caerleon, 1967-1976; Caerwent, 1941; Griffithstown, 1938-1948; Llanfrechfa and Ponthir, [c.1974]-1984; Llanfihangel Llantarnam and Cwmbrân, 1907-1957; Llandegfedd, [20th century]; Redwick [20th century]; Miscellaneous notes and publications on Welsh and local history, 1962-1973; photographs, sketches, watercolours and postcards of Monmouthshire, 1785-1962; newscuttings, [c.1950]-1978; maps and plans, 1950-1964; records of Llanfrechfa Parish Church, 1932-1980.

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Arrangement note

Arranged into the following: General interests, local history, travel; Local history, consisting of Caerleon, Caerwent, Griffithstown, Llanfrechfa and Ponthir, Llanfihangel Llantarnam and Cwmbrân, Llandegfedd and redwick; Miscellaneous notes and publications on Welsh and local history; Pictorial collection; Newscuttings; Maps and plans; Church records; Personal ephemera; Legal; Financial.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Gwent Archives

Conditions Governing Access note

Usual conditions apply

Conditions Governing Use note

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Accruals note

Accruals are not expected

Immediate Source of Acquisition note


Appraisal note

All records deposited at Gwent Record Office have been retained.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)


  • Hockey, Primrose,--1903-1996--Archives; Monmouthshire (Wales)--History;

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Other Finding Aids note

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Gwent Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

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Collection Inventory

General Interests, Local History, Travel 

 D4165/1-2 NOTEBOOKS on campanology (describing the origin and ‘science of church bellringing’ with a chronology of Llanfrechfa and Caerleon ringers 1882-c. 1929); United Nations Summer School; Canada with Princess Elizabeth. c.1949 

 D4165/3-5 NOTEBOOKS on calendar customs; Christian and pagan customs; the celebration of Christmas. [20th century] 

 D4165/6-8 NOTEBOOKS on Caerleon houses; ‘Historic Newport’; Percy Bysshe Shelley. [20th century] 

 D4165/9 NOTEBOOK on Monmouthshire place names, Malaya; ‘The aim and purposes of education, presidential address to the Monmouthshire County Association of the National Union of Teachers, 1954; German vocabulary and grammar. [1954] 

 D4165/10 NOTEBOOK on local history questions; the 1944 Education Act, the 1945 General Election. 1944-1945 

 D4165/11 NOTEBOOK on John’s Newport Directory 1908; Ponthir 1908; visit to Norway 1982. 1908, 1982 

 D4165/12-13 NOTEBOOKS on the town of Chepstow; speech re pre-school education. [20th century] 

 D4165/14  NOTEBOOK on retirement as a hobby; reminiscences of a Juvenile Court Magistrate; Christmas customs and superstitions; visits to the Rhone Valley; visit to Portugal. c.1960 

 D4165/15 NOTEBOOK on the art of fellmongering; holidays in Monmouthshire; Sunday School outing. [20th century] 

 D4165/16 NOTEBOOK on ‘People I have met’, including George Bernard Shaw, Winston Churchill, Lady Violet Bonham Carter, Prince Phillip, Greer Garson. c.1910-1950’s 

 D4165/17-21 NOTEBOOKS and PRINTED BOOKLETS on Inn Signs (including Monmouthshire); Discovering Inn Signs (1968); Inn Signs Their History and Meaning (1969); The Public House in Modern Society (c. 1970); Old Customs in Britain (Travel Association), N.D. (5). 1968-1970 

 D4165/22 NOTES on Llantarnam Abbey; Capel Zion Ponthir; The Legends of Gwent by C.H. Williams; Newport and Monmouthshire Literary Society; A Tour Through Wales 1874; the Pontypool iron industry (1425-) and Pontypool Japan ware (1660-). [20th century] 

 D4165/23 DIARY 1968, including notes on Caerleon houses and visit to Hungary. [c.1980s] 

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Local History 


 D4165/24 COPY SURVEY of the manor and borough of Caerleon 1653 by John Head the younger, 1791. 1791 

 D4165/25 NOTEBOOK on the history of Caerleon [20th century] 

 D4165/26 NOTES on Caerleon its Story and Antiquities; The Murder of Edmund Morgan of Penrhos, Caerleon; Report on the Castle Mound and Excavation by ? R.F. Woollett (1878); The Caerleon Tramroad (1960); No. 24 High Street, Mr R. Snook of Uskside; Caerleon School and Charities, Extracts from Caerleon School Girls School Log Book, 1876-1894; Evan Davies and the Bells of St Cadoc’s Church. 1878, 1960, 1876-1894 

 D4165/27 NOTES on Caerleon Homes and Houses (1971): The Almshouses, Arthur Cottage, Broadwel, Broad Towers, Caerau, Bank House, The Bedelry, Bishop Blethyn’s House, Greenmeadow, Knighton Cottage and Llangattock Stores, Millbrook House, Old Post Office, Penrhos, The Hall, The Tan House, Waterloo House, Willow Cottage, The Vicarage, Crown House, Lulworth House, Farnham House, The Firs, The Croft, The Toll House, The Mynde, Crown House, Kings House, The Museum; Pictorial: The Hanbury Arms, The Bell Inn, The Old Bull Inn. 1971 

 D4165/28 NOTES on Caerleon Buildings and History including Allstone Cottage, The Street, The Square, St Cadoc’c Church, The Baptist Church (containing some duplication of material from previous file). [20th century] 

 D4165/29 NOTES on Inns, Public Houses and Taverns of Caerleon: The Angel Hotel, The Bull Inn, The Clarence, The Crown, The Boot, The Five Bells, The Charlton Arms, The Curriers’ Arms, The Drovers’ Arms, The Goldcroft, The George Inn, The Hanbury Arms, The Kings Arms, The Kings Head, The Kings House, The Sloop, The London, The Mason’s Arms, The New Inn, The Oddfellows Arms, The Red Lion, The Plough and Harrow, The Red House, The Star Inn, The Three Salmons, The White Hart, The White Horse Inn, The Old Swan, The Vine Tree, The Ship, The White Lion, The Bell, The Kings Arms, The Rising Sun. [20th century] 

 D4165/30 NOTES on People to Remember; c. 1829-1950: John Thomas Boddington, William Banner, Evan Davies, William Henry Dean, William and John Dean, Tom Edwards, Revd Daniel Jones, Revd Dewi Bevan Jones, John Edward Lee, Percival Herbert Stafford, Russell H. Green. c.1829-1950 

 D4165/31 PLAN of Caerleon Isca Legio II Augusta: Discoveries to December 1966, with restoration commentary and comparative plans by George C. Boon and Colin Williams (National Museum of Wales, 1967). 1966-1967 

 D4165/32 PRINTED BOOKS ‘Guide to Caerleon-on-Usk’, 1930; Charles Williams’ Charity Schools, Caerleon (Caerleon Local History Society, c. 1963); St Cadoc’s Church, Caerleon, N.D.; Caerleon Conservation Study (Civic Centre, Newport, 1976). 1930-1976 


 D4165/33 TYPESCRIPT NOTES on the Roman – British City of Venta Silurum, (? Author) Tom R. Till, (1941). 1941 


 D4165/34 TYPESCRIPT A History of Griffithstown compiled by the top class girls of the Griffithstown County School under the supervision of their class teacher Miss Primrose Hockey (1948). 1948 

 D4165/35 PRINTED BOOKLET Jubilee Souvenir of the Parish Church of St. Hilda, Griffithstown. 1888-1938 

Llanfrechfa and Ponthir 

 D4165/36-37  NOTEBOOKS on the history of Llanfrechfa and Ponthir. [20th century] 

 D4165/38 NOTES on the history of the parish and ‘The Hilltop Church of the Speckled Land’. [20th century] 

 D4165/39 NOTES on the rebuilding of All Saints Church, Llanfrechfa 1874 and letter of Revd James Turnbull to P. Hockey regarding the early Celtic Church and Diocletian persecution at Caerleon, 1984. 1874, 1984 

 D4165/40-41 NOTEBOOK and NOTES on the history of Llanfrechfa Grange. [20th century] 

 D4165/42-44 PRINTED BOOKS: All Saints Church, Llanfrechfa Centenary, 1874-1974. A Short Guide by The Revd Canon W.T. Childs c. 1974 (2); Llanfrechfa Village Interim Planning Policy Statement (Torfaen Borough Council, 1984). 1874-1984 

Llanfihangel Llantarnam and Cwmbrân 

 D4165/45 NOTEBOOK on the history of Llanfihangel Llantarnam and Cwmbrân, ‘The Valley of the Crow’. [20th century] 

 D4165/46 NOTES on the history of the lordship of Edlogan, from the origin of its name after the 6th century Ethelic down to the Hanbury’s of Pontypool in 1775. 1775 

 D4165/47 PRINTED MATERIAL on Llantarnam Abbey by Henry G.C. Allgood, Secretary of Cardiff Liberal Association, 1907 and on Clifford John Cory Esq. J.P., of Llantarnam Abbey, reprinted from The Shipping World, 1905. 1905-1907 

 D4165/48 PRINTED Abridged Report on Master Plan for Cwmbrân New Town (Cwmbrân Development Corporation, 1957). 1957 


 D4165/49 TYPESCRIPT NOTES on Llandegfedd Parish, including pedigrees of Morgan family and Blanch Lewis (Mrs Gregory Perrot), 10th to 18th century. [20th century] 


 D4165/50 TYPESCRIPT. A Short History of Redwick Church. (Author not identified) (N.D.). [20th century] 

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Miscellaneous Notes and Publications on Welsh and Local History 

 D4165/51  Hill Forts of the Early Iron Age: notes for teachers. (Wales and the Marches), (National Museum of Wales, 1962); Monmouth School (page from Standing Conference for Local History Programme, 1970); Mari Lwyd song; Pedigree of the Hanbury’s of Pontypool – Panteg – Pontymoil) Waddington Llanover – Jones – Herbert with biographical annotations; Notes on the Dialects of Gwent by David Parry (UCS, 1978); Bradney’s History of Monmouthshire: An Assessment by Canon E. T. Davies (Abergavenny, 1986); Papers Relating to the History of Monmouthshire read at the Meeting of the Cambrian Archaeological Association held at Newport in 1885; The Llangibby Tragedy: An Authentic Account of the Murder of William Watkins, his Wife and Three Children … (The Usk Gleanor, 1878); Programme for the laying of the foundation stone of Monmouthshire Training College, Caerleon, by Reginald Mc Kenna M.P., 1912; Journal of the Survey of Anglo Welsh Dialects, SAWDSHEET No. 1 (1971), Department of English University College, Swansea; The Pontypool and District Review No. 5 (1970), No. 17 (1974); Monmouth County Treasurers: Introductory Report, 1970 and Caerleon Urban District, 1973; Notes on church development in Monmouthshire; Extract from the Society of Friends records relating the history of title of the Friends Burial Ground and Meeting House at Shirenewton. c.1700-1932 

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Pictorial Collection 

 D4165/52 FILE of photographs, sketches, watercolours and postcards of Monmouthshire scenes: i) Caerleon The Old Tower and Quay (c. 1846) The Mill and Weir (1785) The Mill (1785) The Old Watermill (c. 1842) The Roman Tower at Caerleon (1783) Caerleon Bridge and River (N.D.) The Castle and Mount (1785) Building the Tram Road (N.D. ? c. 1792) The Tram Road (N.D.) The Square (pre.1920) Caerleon Ultra Pontom (N.D.) Charles Williams School (N.D.) Bishop Blethyn’s House (1956) The Tan House (1956) The Toll House (N.D.) The Bell Inn; The Bull Inn (N.D.) Caerleon Bridge and other scenes (N.D.) Caerleon-upon-Usk Watercolour, P. Hockey (1923) Caerleon Amphitheatre (N.D.) ii) Chepstow Chepstow Castle and Bridge (1831) The Old Hill (c. 1918) iii) Llangibby William Watkins cottage (1878) iv)Llanthony Llanthony Abbey (N.D.) v) Llanvaches The Old Turnpike (1975) vi) Monmouth The Monnow Mill, Fred Hando (1954) vii)Newport Bridge and Castle (1800) viii) Pontypool The Old Corn Market, W. Grimes (N.D.) ix) Tintern Print of a painting of Tintern Abbey by (? - ) Keene (N.D.) x) Unidentified Sketch of Church Building in disrepair, at back a church tower. xi) Sketches by P. Hockey, postcards of Caernavon, Gloucestershire, print of Coventry Cathedral, (1962). [20th century] 

 D4165/53 ALBUM of photographs and sketches of Llanfrechfa and Ponthir including The Gate Inn (1898); Llanfrechfa Village (1945); Main Road Llanfrechfa (1947); Ponthir Baptist Chapel; Tin Plate Workers’ Houses, Ponthir; Ponthir Railway Station and Bridge. 1898, 1945, 1947 

 D4165/54  SKETCHES and WATERCOLOURS [19 CENTURY], of Llanfrechfa Grange and The Lodge, Llanfrechfa by J.M. (1864); Park Cottages and Wayside Count and The Crown by Primrose Hockey (N.D.). 1864 

 D4165/55 PHOTOGRAPHS of Caerleon Church N.D. (? C. 1950); The Hall, Caerleon (1950). [1950] 

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 D4165/56 ALBUM of newscuttings of Monmouthshire interest (mainly S.W. Argus and Weekly Argus). c.1950–1978 

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Maps and Plans 

 D4165/57 i) MAP of Historical Places in Monmouthshire, by Primrose Hockey (1950). ii) OUTLINE MAP of Monmouthshire depicting sites of Ancient Monuments, Scale 3 miles to 1 inch (N.D.). iii) OS MAP ST 39 showing Caerleon, Llanfihangel Llantarnam, Llanfrechfa, Malpas, Ponthir 6 inches to 1 mile (1964). iv) EXTRACTS of two OS maps of Caerleon, Caerleon Village and lodge Camp (one c.1960). 1950, 1960, 1964 

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Church Records 

Llanfrechfa Parish Church 

 D4165/58 MINUTE BOOK: Llanfrechfa Church Hall Committee 1932-1945 

 D4165/59 PARISH MAGAZINES: 1961-1962, 1965, 1968-1969, 1971-1974, 1980. (33) 1961 (1), 1962 (2), 1965 (1), 1968 (1), 1969 (2), 1970 (1), 1971 (1), 1972 (4), 1973 (4), 1974 (12), 1980 (4). 1961-1980 

 D4165/60-62 i) THE MOTHERS’ UNION LITANY and Forms of Service for use at the Festival and other Devotional Meetings. ii) THE COMMUNION (the Book of Common Prayer for us in the Church in Wales) iii) THE ORDER for the Burial of the Dead. [20th century] 

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Personal Ephemera 

 D4165/63 LETTER to Primrose Hockey from E.S. Williams during the First World War thanking her for gifts sent him at the front line. May 1915 

 D4165/64 CERTIFICATE OF EXEMPTION for Military Service of Edward Hockey. Feb 1917 

 D4165/65-66 CLOTHING RATION BOOKS of Edward Hockey and E.T. Primrose Hockey. 1943-1944, 1947-1948 

 D4165/67  MINISTRY OF FOOD RATION BOOK of E.T.P. Hockey 1946-1947 

 D4165/68 NEWPORT LADIES’ HOCKEY CLUB Fixture List. 1933-1934 

 D4165/69 FUNCTION INVITATION CARDS including Monmouth Conservative and Unionist Women’s Association; Pontypool Conservative and Unionist Association; Newport Society for Mentally Handicapped Children; Monmouthshire Local History Council, 1963. [11]. 1963 

 D4165/70 GIRL GUIDES’ ASSOCIATION BADGE [20th century] 

 D4165/71 QUEEN’S TELEGRAM on the 100th birthday of Mrs Eliza Ann Maria Hockey. 1972 

 D4165/72 NEWPORT CHORAL SOCIETY PROGRAMMES [5] 1948-1949, 1954-1957 

 D4165/73 LIST OF YEW TREE COTTAGE PROPERTY [20th century] 

 D4165/74 RETIREMENT PRESENTATION SCROLL to Miss Primrose Hockey, MBE, J.P., 1968 

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 D4165/75  LEASE of the Two Fields in the par. of Llanfrechfa: The Representative Body of the Church in Wales to E. Hockey to hold as tenant from year to year paying £13 per annum 13 February 1928. [plan attached scale 1/2500] 1928 

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 D4165/76  HOUSEHOLD RECEIPTS including income tax, insurances, teachers’ fund, NUT. c.1940-1949 

 D4165/77 HOUSEHOLD RECEIPTS including rates, services, general. c.1954-1970 

 D4165/78 HOUSEHOLD RECEIPTS including rates, services, general c.1976-1993 

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