HISTORIAN

“A fascinating conversation with a man who knows his history”
Iolo Williams, Presenter

 

Dean Powell is a well-known historian in south Wales and remains in demand as a guest speaker on radio and television documentaries celebratory the rich and diverse stories of his homeland.

With a particular emphasis on Victorian Wales, his research into the cultural life of the industrial valleys has made him a popular contributor to magazines and history publications.

His biography of Welsh eccentric Dr William Price is probably his greatest achievement as a historian and Dean is regarded as the leading expert on the topic.

Born and bred in the ancient hilltop town of Llantrisant, Dean plays an active role as Clerk of the Town Trust which manages the rights and lands of the Freemen of the town.

In 2017 he organised the Beating the Bounds ceremony, a £26,000 festival which attracted more than 15,000 to the hilltop town to celebrate an age-old tradition.

For eight years he played a leading role in raising sufficient funds to complete the £1.4million restoration of Llantrisant Guildhall, a 14th century Grade II Listed Building which is now a popular heritage and tourism centre with Dean as Manager along with a team of dedicated volunteers.

As a public speaker, his passion and sheer enjoyment of Welsh history shines through.

Download the complete list of Dean’s lectures and walking tours HERE

 

Testimonials

“Superb and entertaining.”

Abergavenny History Society

 

“Your contribution to the programme “Stories from the Street” was invaluable.”
Chris Howells, ITV Wales Director

 

“I have had so much pleasure and delight in reading your superb collection of information.”
Cliff Morgan OBE, Rugby International & Broadcaster

 

“Your book has been a great success and I had so much pleasure in reading it.”
Lady Brenda Evans, Widow of Sir Geraint Evans

 

“Superb”
Stuart Burrows OBE, Operatic Tenor

 

 

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A decade ago I helped the great Welsh actor Glyn Houston write his memoirs.Today I collected 500 copies of the new Second Edition of the book. With more than 20 new pages filled with photographs and a filmography it also features the kind words of his obituaries. Priced just £12.99 each, his memoirs are now on sale. For details message me or email dean@llantrisant.net. Postage within the UK is an additional £2.50. Foreign postage to be confirmed via email. A Black & White ActorThis incredibly honest rags to riches story reveals how a South Wales valley boy running his grandmother’s milk round, became one of Britain’s most popular actors of television and film.Glyn reveals his total devotion for the country of his birth as he embarked on a career that has seen him appear in more than 80 films for cinema or television and countless theatre productions. A self-confessed hell-raiser in his youth, he often spent time with drinking friends in Stanley Baker and Richard Burton, mixing with the Kray twins.Introduced to the acting profession by older brother Donald, Glyn began his career by entertaining the troops in Singapore before making his film debut as the cheeky cockney barrow boy in Dirk Bogarde’s The Blue Lamp. This is his fascinating account of a life that has taken him from Wales to Hollywood, and has assured him a place in the annals of film history. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thanks to the Retired Police Authority for inviting me to give them a virtual lecture this evening on the history of Llantrisant.A warm welcome and plenty of questions!Really enjoyed my chance to tell the about the ‘small town with a big story’. ... See MoreSee Less
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