These are examples of some of the new facts and the new angles, and it is to be hoped that Canon Davies will complete the task he has begun by bringing the story up to the Education Act of 1944. Writing local history has its peculiar difficulties. The scholar will want to be true to his scholar- ship, but few of his readers will be scholarly. Prudence, therefore, suggests that too much knowledge in the reader should not be assumed: he needs to be spoon fed by setting the local story in a wider and possibly national frame, helped by all the gifts of narrative, without detriment to the requirements of scholarship. If Canon Davies achieves this when next he resumes his historical pen, his readers will be even more amply rewarded. CHARLES E. GITTINS. University College of Swansea. THE HAY RAILWAY. By C. R. Clinker. David Charles, Dawlish, 1960. Pp. 61. 10s. Among the many railways built in the reign of George III few served a more remote district than did the Hay Railway, opened from the Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal wharf at Brecon to Hay in 1816 and extended to Eardisley in 1818. Mr. Clinker, the historian of several early railways, gives a fascinating account of the line, meticulously documented, particularly by the use of the first minute book of the Company, for the years 1811-1833. It cost £ 63,380 to build; most of the capital was raised locally, but an Exchequer Loan of £ 8,000 was obtained. It made a modest profit for several years, though it paid few dividends; coal, coke, lime, limestone, bricks, and hay were the principal traffic. It was sold to the Hereford, Hay and Brecon Railway in 1860. The book is attractively produced and well illustrated. It is a valuable contribution to the history of mid-Wales in the early nineteenth century, and makes one regret that the lack of surviving records prevents hope of a sequel from Mr. Clinker on its contemporary neighbour, the Kington Railway. C. L. MOWAT. Bangor. TERMAU HANES. Cyhoeddwyd ar ran Bwrdd Gwybodau Celtaidd Prifysgol Cymru. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru, Caerdydd, 1959. Tt. 52. Is. 6ch. Pleser yw croesawu ychwanegiad pellach at y gyfres werthfawr o lyfrynnau a gyhoeddwyd gan Wasg y Brifysgol sy'n rhestru ffurfiau Cymraeg ar dermau technegol a berthyn i wahanol feysydd gwybodaeth. Prin bod maes yr oedd mwy o angen cyhoeddi rhestr o'i dermau na Hanes, gan gymaint y diddordeb cyffredinol ynddo a chan gymaint yr ysgrifennu, ysgolheigaidd a phoblogaidd, arno. Bu'n rhaid i bobl hyd yma fathu eu