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the Nick - Nacky pit Treman pit 1974
the Nick - Nacky pit Treman pit 1974 (20150023)
This really is only a building (middle left) of what remains of the pit, behind Fred Jones garage in Gas Lane Aberaman, over the street of cottages the top of the ' The Swan Hotel' in the distance The Aberaman Hall & Institute both no longer there.... (R.C.T Libraries )
Abercwmboi Operatic Soc
Abercwmboi Operatic Soc (20140103)
The Ladies of the Abercwmboi Operatic Soc, in the library of the lesser hall, in Bronallt Tce, 'Library no longer there' (Rhys Rees)
Gentlemen of the Operatic Socity
Gentlemen of the Operatic Socity (20140584)
Back row:- Derek Brown.. Cyril Davies..Mal Phillips.. (?) Front row sitting:- Brian James.. Donald Davies.. Alma Jones.. Colin Craven.. kneeling:- L. John Sheehan.. R. Don Withers. Picture taken in the 'Library room' in the lesser hall..no longer there.......Alun. (R.C.T...Joyce Craven)
The Pope Family
The Pope Family (20130586)
workmens Hall & Institute steps leading down to the lesser Hall. I found the picture on 'Facebook' but I don't know who took it, please let me know I can update....Alun (not known)
The Breackfast Club
The Breackfast Club (20130565)
Held in the Community First hall, on Tuesday Morning we must all support this venture, and its a great 'Breakfast too' (Alun)
Aberaman Hall and Institute
Aberaman Hall and Institute (2013286)
Aberaman Hall and Institute - opening the Grand (photo: RCT Libraries; text: Aberdare Leader 1915)
Conroys store
Conroys store (2013241)
Conroy's Decorating Store (opposite Wilkinson’s, Cardiff Street, c1980) One-time site of the Cinema and the Co-op Food Hall. (RCT Libraries)
Greenfach fire
Greenfach fire (2013203)
This dramatic account of a fire in Aberdare in 1858 was so graphic that it is worth a full transcription of all the relevant details. The site of the fire was behind the old Town Hall (just opposite the Constitutional Club), and in front of the Library. The involvement of the police and the mention of fire-fighting equipment at the police station is a reminder that it took another eighty years before responsibility of fire prevention and protection passed from the insurance providers to the local authorities (Fire Brigades Act 1938).The police relinquished this duty to the National Fire Service in 1941, and another Act (in 1947) gave control back to the local authorities. A local Volunteer Fire Brigade in the town was not formed until 1903 - a few months after a fire destroyed the market. (Gerald Richards)
Glancynon Terrace, Aberaman
Glancynon Terrace, Aberaman (2013480)
Glancynon Terrace, Aberaman. This street of houses stands in front of where the old railway station was located. Apart from Lewis Street, this must have been one of the busiest areas in Aberaman. To the right (towards where the Hall stood) was the Abergwawr Colliery (aka Plough Pit, or Powell’s Pit) – closed 1875; and further down, on the left and opposite the Band Club, was the Treaman Colliery (better known to the local people as, amongst other names, the ‘Nicky Nocky’, or ‘Nicky-Nacky’, because of the noises it made) – closed 1912. Also, before they built the access road from Cwmbach to the station, on the other side of the bridge behind where the Hall was, this was the main route for all railway passengers and goods. (photo: Alun - blurb: Gerald)
Aberaman-Cwmbach footpath
Aberaman-Cwmbach footpath (2013454)
The old path leading to Aberaman from Cwmbach. The scenes in the paintings were to the right of this photo. The roof of the Artist's studio lies sheltered at the foot of the wall of the Institute. (RCT Libraries - blurb: Gerald Richards)
In the shadows of the Hall - the hut
In the shadows of the Hall - the hut (2013450)
In the shadows of the Hall – Very often overlooked, the little ‘cobbler’s hut’ lies hidden behind the massive structure of the Aberaman Hall and Workmen’s Institute. Originally built to provide workshop facilities (usually shoe-making and repairs) and to ease the financial burden on families during the depression years of the 1920s, the hut was home to several other groups, including the Aberdare branch of the Mormon Church. It was also an artist’s studio/workshop (yours sincerely) for a couple of years, sponsored by the generosity of Elaine Morgan. (photo: 1989) (photo RCT Libraries - blurb: Gerald Richards)
the Mikado in Aberaman
the Mikado in Aberaman (2013438)
Thanks to RCT Libraries photo archive, here’s another mug-shot of the Grand (this time in 1908), showing the cast of Mikado put on in the theatre in 1908. The pavement’s a bit grotty, but kneeling-mats look okay. The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company actually performed the Mikado in the Temperance Hall (old Palladium/bingo-hall) in October 1885, the “costumes and other accessories being of a costly description” according to the report in the Aberdare Times (the Company had been in town earlier in the year to perform a couple of shows). The interesting thing about this photo is what it doesn’t show: The “quaint old-fashioned post-office” just a few yards to the right of the picture, and lovingly referred to as the ‘Village Pump’ (this is where the Aberaman post office was before it moved to Lewis Street a few years later). The site where it was when this photograph was taken was “nestling under the shadow of a colliery stack on the back of a disused pit (Abergwawr Colliery), and actually next to an offensive urinal.” (Aberdare Leader 16 March 1907) – which could explain some of the raised eyebrows, sizzled hair and armed guards. If you get my drift? (RCT Libraries - blurb: Gerald Richards)
the Nici-Naci
the Nici-Naci (2013437)
This photograph shows the winding-house of the old Nici–Naci Pit. The little street behind is Brecon Place, just opposite the Aberaman Band Club. The top of the rear of Aberaman Hall can be seen in the distance (far right). Originally sited behind Saron Ysgoldy (later a Salvation Army Hall, and now a private Chapel of Rest), the colliery, officially known as Treaman Colliery, was sunk circa 1850. It was the scene of several explosions, resulting in the loss of at least ten lives, and was given its nickname, apparently, because of the sound made by the pit rope. Alternatively called ‘Nicky-Nacky’, ‘Nicky-Nocky’, ’Pwll Bara Menyn’ (‘bread and Butter Pit’), or simply just ‘Williams’s Pit’ (after David Williams, the original owner), the colliery closed in 1912. (RCT Libraries - blurb: Gerald Richards)
Palaise de Danse, Aberaman
Palaise de Danse, Aberaman (2013427)
On the other side of the road from the Hall – the Palaise de danse, with its haunting trombones and thundering drums shaking up all the bones; and below, the snooker hall drifting in smoke, and the bloke with the cue potting black with his stroke . . . I never went in there. Mam said it was only for grown-ups. I just never grew up, I guess, because I never went in there. Now that was ‘the centre of life’. Some people had all the luck! (Gerald Richards)
Aberaman Hall members
Aberaman Hall members (2013422)
1938 – You know how it was? Not a lady in sight. Members of the Hall and Institute – there was some tall guys back in those days. (RCT Libraries)
Aberaman Hall
Aberaman Hall (2013421)
The glory that was home - where the Grand once stood. The plaque reads: In commemoration of the Aberaman Public Hall, Institute, Free Library and Grand Theatre. Built on this site in 1908 and totally destroyed by fire October 1994. “A wonderful building. The centre of the life of Aberaman for nearly a century.” (Gerald Richards)
Aberaman Hall
Aberaman Hall (2013409)
An early photo of the Institute which replaced the old one. The foundation stone was laid at the beginning of October 1907, and opened less than two years later by Mr. Keir Hardie, M.P., in June 1909. Note t the absence of the Grand Theatre, which had not yet been built. The whole complex was destroyed by fire in 1994 (RCT Libraries (blurb: Gerald Richards))
Miners Institute
Miners Institute (2013106)
Although self education & Entertainment did not go together well, the Snooker Hall, and the lesser rooms could be used for relaxing, Dancing, Operettas, Male Voice, O.A.P. meetings of the community, youth clubs....and of course...Politics. (R.C.T.Libraries)
Miners Institute
Miners Institute (2013105)
Typical Reading room in a miners Institute, many 'Daily News Papers' of the Day were out for the members to read, or read to them if they could not read, reading classes were well attended. please notice the sign on the wall. (R.C.T.Libraries)
Miners Institute
Miners Institute (2013104)
Typical Library room within the Institute, where members could read there, or have a lend and bring back in a week or sooner if the book was in demand, these Libraries were the beating heart of 'self education' and best described as 'Rich in books' history and Politics being very popular. (R.C.T.Libraries)
Miners Institute
Miners Institute (2013103)
Typical theater inside a Miners Institute. in later years these were convertad to show 'The Talking Pictures' (R.C.T.Libraries)
Aberaman Home League
Aberaman Home League (2013069)
Aberaman Home League, 1928. Only the ladies are wearing hats – I bet it’s raining! The League was/is a branch of the Salvation Army. It was inaugurated in 1907 (a lot of things happened that year - including opening of the Hall), and the aims of the League were to stop the neglect of the home environment and to encourage economy and cleanliness amongst the family. to combat the growing tendency to neglect the fostering of true home-life and to encourage thrift and hygiene. (R.C.T Libraries)
Church Lads Brigade
Church Lads Brigade (20120089)
Picture taken inside the Church Hall that once stood along side St Peter's Church in Croma Street. (Jeff Williams)
Church Lads Brigade
Church Lads Brigade (20120088)
Inside the Church Hall (Jeff Williams)
Legion Board of Abercwmboi
Legion Board of Abercwmboi (20120045)
The Board of Honor in its new place 22nd September 2012 (alun)
Abercwmboi Hall
Abercwmboi Hall (20120003)
Workmans Hall (Alun)