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Aberaman Iorn Works
Aberaman Iorn Works (20160014)
a very old map (? sent in by unknown)
Morris Pit Cwmaman
Morris Pit Cwmaman (20160011)
(? sent in by unknown)
River leval pit, Abernant
River leval pit, Abernant (20160010)
(R.C.T. picture)
Electric Safety Lamp made in Aberdare
Electric Safety Lamp made in Aberdare (20150024)
Miners safety lamp, kept and cleaned in the lamp room, a small disc with the miners personal number on it was exchanged for the lamp when going underground, the lamp man knew who was down pit.. several things were carried by miners for safety, the lamp showing light, small birds Gas detection... (Alun)
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 )
Werfa Colliery Abernant
Werfa Colliery Abernant (20150022)
(R.C.T. librarys )
Dewinton Colliery Workers 1914
Dewinton Colliery Workers 1914 (20150021)
General picture of working people.. (R.C.T Libraries )
Plough Pit winding-house
Plough Pit winding-house (2013276)
The old winding-house of the Plough Pit (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. (?)
Two old houses
Two old houses (2013199)
The two old houses which stood on the site of today’s Health Centre in town (the Poplars and Ty Mawr) were demolished in the early 1970s. The gulley between them and the old Rates Office (running between the high and low walls behind the Belisha beacon) was a right of way for miners going to the collieries at Gadlys and Bwllfa. (photo: RCT Libraries; blurb: Gerald Richards )
The last work
The last work (20130185)
The last work. (Gerald Richards)
In the shadow of the tip
In the shadow of the tip (2013182)
In the shadow of the tip, 1955 – basics and smoke-mask practice over, the ‘Bevan Boys’, or pit trainees, at Aberaman Colliery, graduate to underground training in the simulated workings across the bridge. Tai Cement in the background. The tip was removed following the disaster at Aberfan. (Gerald Richards)
Didn't recognise you in the daylight!
Didn't recognise you in the daylight! (2013159)
Here’s another pic of the pit ponies enjoying their freedom in the fresh air. One of my heroes was a collier in Aberpergwm – Idwal Bevan – a very quietly spoken gentleman, who once threatened the Overman because he smacked a horse on the nose. The Overman (John Wilcox, originally from Cwmaman, later moved to Resolven) told me that he had never been so frightened in his life. “I tapped the horse on the nose”, he said, “because he was in the way. All of a sudden, I felt this hand on my shoulder and a quiet voice said: If you ever touch that horse again you are dead.” John was man enough to learn his lesson well, Mr Bevan went quietly on with his work, and all was well with the world again. (photo: RCT Libraries – blurb: Gerald Richards)
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)
Tonllwyd Farm, Aberaman
Tonllwyd Farm, Aberaman (2013484)
Tonllwyd Farm, up and behind Tonllwyd Houses. This is the end of the rugged road which cuts up between King George’s Field and the top end of Brook Street. The track cutting across the top of the path is the old Cwmaman railway line, which stretched all the way from Cwmaman to the Bwllfa collieries. Following the popularity of the Great Western Railway motor services from Cwmaman to town (introduced 1 January 1906), the GWR eventually laid on a railway passenger service with a terminus at the top of Monk Street (the ‘Black Lion Crossing’). (Gerald Richards)
S is for bend!
S is for bend! (2013475)
S – is for bend . . . According to the Aberdare Almanack for 1895-6, out of the 30½ miles of roads laid down in the district, 9½ miles of it twisted and turned about the areas which led to the collieries in Aberaman and Cwmaman. Here’s a little bit of it – the S-bend: Up for Godreaman, Cwmaman and Glynhafod; down for Aberaman and town; and behind - King George’s Field. There’s a handful of streets here, too: Regent Street; up to Wayne Cottages; Brynheulog Terrace (to the right); Thomas Terrace (to the left); and Bedford Street, down to the Band Club and main road. And, smack belly-button on the bend itself, of course, the eponymous fish shop. (photo and blurb: Gerald Richards)
Aberaman Colliery
Aberaman Colliery (2013108)
Aberaman Colliery, one of the collieries involved in the Block Strike mentioned by Alun. (Alun)