Primrose Hockey Collection

Scope and Content

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.

Administrative / Biographical History

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.


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.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Source not recorded


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: Gwent Record Office, Catalogue of Primrose Hockey Collection.

Other Finding Aids

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

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Gwent Record Office have been retained.


Accruals are not expected