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Abercwmboi Sidings
Abercwmboi Sidings (20160021)
Taken in the contracts office Cardiff.... Coal coming from Abercwmboi Pit crossing the road by bucket to be cleaned put into wagons then off to Cardiff Dock.. (interest no lake - Lagoon) (Alun)
Home delivery & Sales of Coal.
Home delivery & Sales of Coal. (20160009)
The distribution of house coal became a large business in may of the valleys, some colliers had (8?) loads a year from the company they worked for, they could take a 'Block' a cut off of a pit prop, to assist in lighting the hearth fire in the morning... (R.C.T.picture)
Phurnasite Plant, Cwmbach
Phurnasite Plant, Cwmbach (20160002)
seen from the top of the hill over Abercwmboi (Alun)
What is missing??
What is missing?? (20150027)
This picture was taken in 2014 looking down from the old Hearts Farm, what is missing is the Phurnacite plant, that used to dominate the centre of the Cynon Valley (Lee Jenkins)
Waste Buckets
Waste Buckets (20150017)
When the Abercwmboi Colliery was working, this is how the coal and the rubbish got to the screens for cleaning and loading into trucks, and sent via The sidings to the Taff railway to Cardiff Docks... (Alun)
The Faces of the Village
The Faces of the Village (20140134)
Mrs Davies and Gilly, one of the hardest working men in the village, Mrs Davies was a well known Church person. It was in those times when a Ton of coal was dropped on the road outside your house, Many times as I grew up I was expected to put it into the Back yard, big relief when I saw Gilly, they dont make them like these two any more.....Alun (Louise Clement(blurb Alun))
Meeting Room
Meeting Room (20140594)
(Don Bird)
The lads
The lads (20140593)
(Don Bird)
Identifing numbers to go with 20140590
Identifing numbers to go with 20140590 (20140591)
This is the picture prepared for identification of the Phunacite plant works, when Brian Evans was leaving 30 years ago ish....Alun. (Don Bird & Dave Probert)
Phurnasite Plant Workers
Phurnasite Plant Workers (20140590)
Brian Evans leaving presentation, his bit of memorabilia presented to him, that he is holding his seat that he sat in..... 1 Steve Chinook. 2 Les Owens. 3 Eric Lewis, 4 Brian Evans. 5 Dai Middle. 6 Clive (melt) Thomas. 7 Dob Bird. 8 Andrew ?. 9 Stuart (Acid) ?. 10 Dennis Phillips. 11 Nigel Jarvis. 12 (Spook). 13 Alun Jones. 14 Roger Atkins (bent copper). 15 Alex C (crane driver). 16 ?. 17 Dickey Langstone. 18 David (doc) Berry. 19 John ?. 20 Brian Meredith. 21 Dennis Hole. 22 Ray Griffiths. 23 Pat Lineham. 24 Brian Phillips. 25 Danny ?. 26 Graham Richards (the dude). 27 Rob Williams. 28 Whuttle ?.29 Malcolm Hag. 30 David Phillips. 31 Roger Thomas. 32 Idrys ?. 33 ?. 34 Dicky ?. 35 Keith Haslam. 36 ?. 37 ?. 38 ?. 39 Idwal (slashy) Morgan. 40 ?. 41 Man on Gantry ?...... (R.C.T.Librares )
 the Brick Works, Aberaman 1930
the Brick Works, Aberaman 1930 (20140587)
1930 aeroplane picture of the Aberaman Brick Works., bottom left the 'Care takers House', and the 'Club house' that later became the Welfare Club. Rugby Club. Then replaced by a Housing Estate. (Gerald Richards (blurb Alun))
The Plant
The Plant (20140564)
As Lloyd the manager of the place said.......its not a chocolate Factory. (R.C.T. Libraries)
1914 - 1918 war in the mud
1914 - 1918 war in the mud (20140547)
The French were determined not to expose their men to another fruitless offensive, the onus fell on Britain. unfortunately for the British soldier, Haig was convinced that a breakthrough was still possible and argued for another great offensive. the French advised against it. As did Haig's own staff. Lloyd George was utterly opposed. but Haig had got the backing of the conservatives within Lloyd George's coalition and so had his way. On the 20th of November the Canadians captured the town of 'Passchendaele' its self and the battle finally halted. 249,000 Allies had been killed or wounded, 201,000 Germans...... (Alun)
The Plant from another angle
The Plant from another angle (20130563)
Some people said it looked like an 'Ocean Liner' (Clive a plant worker, blurb; Alun)
Picketing the plant
Picketing the plant (20130562)
Final frustration of the people...... (R.C.T.Libraries, blurb; Alun)
The Plant
The Plant (20130561)
Many conflicting thoughts on this place, in its best light 'Jobs' (R.C.T.Libraries, Blurb; Alun)
New doctors scheme
New doctors scheme (20130556)
Miners were asked by the Powell Duffryn Steam Coal co. would you like a resident 'Doctor and a surgery' in the village, (this will be on going as I find out more)Sept 2013 (R.C.T. Library/Aberdare Leader)
Coak from the ovens
Coak from the ovens (20130554)
I dont think its the plant... (?)
1969 (20130549)
Plant 1969 (R.C.T. Libraries)
Original Aberaman Institute
Original Aberaman Institute (2013275)
The original Aberdare Institute and Free Library, 1903. Part of the Plough Pit (far right) shows just how integrated society and industry in the village were. Although the pit closed for coaling in 1875, it was still maintained as a pumping station, and during the drought of 1893 water from the colliery was used for watering the streets of Aberaman. (Photo: RCT Libraries; blurb - Gerald Richards)
Woodland Terrace
Woodland Terrace (2013261)
Woodland Terrace On 5 February 1874, the surveyor for the Local Board of Health reported that he had received building plans from the Powell Duffryn Steam Coal Company asking permission to build 28 houses ‘on the Aberaman estate, near Fforchneol, to be called Woodland Terrace.’ Aberdare Times – 7 February 1874 (Gerald Richards) (Gerald Richards)
The Power Station
The Power Station (20130534)
Built by the Powell Duffryn Steam Coal Company to provide electricity to their pits, and eventually the Valley. (?)
How Green was my Valley
How Green was my Valley (20130516)
The set was built in Malibu, there was only one Welsh person in the film, John Ford the director is Irish..... (Alun)
Tip above Tyce
Tip above Tyce (2013213)
TIP ABOVE TYCE This photo was taken from above Cwmaman during the coal recovery programme in May 1970. The large tip hovering above Ty Cement can be seen in the background; above it, on the slope of the mountain to the right, the treetops of one of the ‘clumps’ fans the sky. (photo: RCT Libraries; blurb: Gerald Richards)
Last of the plant 7/7/91
Last of the plant 7/7/91 (20130509)
Gone but not forgotten ... (R.C.T.Libraries)
A well earned drink
A well earned drink (20130151)
We think its some where in Cwmbach...but Miners are Miners..Alun (Cynon Valley Remembered)
Born free!
Born free! (2013151)
BORN FREE! A pit pony exhilarating in the freedom of open space and fresh air. The local pit ponies were brought to the surface once every year for their ‘holiday’. Most of them were set loose in the field behind the Oaklands (where the Oaklands Primary School is now situated). Very often their underground handlers would come to the wall (by the ‘bus shelter on the Bridge) with a little treat and to have a quiet chat with them before wishing them goodnight. (photo: News of the World, courtesy of RCT Libraries – blurb: Gerald Richards) (photo:NoW, courtesy RCT - blurb: Gerald)
Meadow Pit, Aberaman
Meadow Pit, Aberaman (2013150)
Here is an interesting photo found by Alun, showing the old Meadow Pit in Aberaman. I’m not sure of its exact location, although its eponymous name should place it somewhere on the valley floor. Also known as the Ynys Pit, it had a single shaft and was opened in 1864 (during its sinking a young lad fell to his death). Connecting to the Abernant Colliery via undeground workings, it was eventually taken over by Powell Duffryn in 1915 although its productivity had ceased some years before then. (Alun and Gerald)
The noise
The noise (2013501)
The noise - it was OUR noise. (Gerald Richards)
Coal! (2013456)
Coal! The lingering past: scarce (and getting scarcer by the year) species spotted on Aberaman road - the coal-man cometh! Six loads a year we used to have (thirteen in Yorkshire, but the South Wales miners donated most of theirs to the widows and other well-deserved causes). The little tips of coal in the streets, waiting to be shovelled and bucketed through the passageways of the houses, were familiar images throughout the valleys. It was a daunting prospect to the tired collier coming home from day-shift, but very often the load would have been carried through to the coal house (the cwtch) and the front all washed down by Mam long before he arrived. (photo and blurb: Gerald Richards)