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This is the 20th newsletter created by The Victorian Society South Wales Group. It was published in Spring 1985. The front cover features an illustration by one of the Society's members.

The newsletter is eight pages long, with updates and news of listed buildings and buildings that the Society believe need protection.

It also includes book reviews, and an invitation to a pub crawl held by the Society. The society wished to replicate a booklet published by The Victorian Society in Birmingham, where they visited pubs in the city and recorded the Victorian and Edwardian features of each building. The Victorian Society South Wales Group wanted to do the same with Cardiff's pubs. Noteworthy pubs that they wish to visit are the Golden Cross, Bute Street, and The Mount Stuart, opposite the docks.

The foundation of The Victorian Society began when Anne, Lady Rosse, inherited a well preserved family house at 18 Stafford Terrace, Kensington, after the death of her brother in 1946.

In 1957, she invited a group of 32 friends (who included John Betjeman and Nikolaus Pevsner), to consider creating a society for the preservation and appreciation of Victorian arts and architecture. The Victorian Society was founded in the same house, a year later.

From the beginning it was agreed that despite being called ‘The Victorian Society’, they would also include arts and architecture from the Edwardian period up to the outbreak of the First World War.

However, the founding of the Society took place against the backdrop of an almost universal dislike of the Victorian arts and all things Victorian, with a widespread destruction of Victorian buildings being common place in the post war reconstruction. The Society strove to avoid an over emphasis on London and began forming groups across the UK.

Glamorgan Archives, DVS/2/1
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