Tonyrefail, Coedely Colliery c.1955

Tonyrefail, Coedely Colliery c.1955

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Memories of Tonyrefail

Marriage''S At This Church

I was married here in 1966, and most of my family. My dearest Mammy and Daddy were married there, and my daughter, two sisters and brother. Wonderful memories .... a lot of Christmas Eve Services with my cousin Pat and Bruce.. and some sad memories too.

School Days

I passed for Tonyrefail Grammar school in 1953, what excitement. It was so strange changing rooms for every lesson, hockey, tennis, Urdd, teachers wearing cap and gowns. The headmaster ...Read full memory

A memory of Tonyrefail

Trace Old Inhabitants Of Tonyrefail

Please excuse me for contacting you this way. Whilst renovating an old house, we came across an interesting legal document. It is dated 1881. Basically it relates ...Read full memory

Where I Lived.

I lived opposite this Grammar School for 28 years and can see my old house in this photo...I raised my three children there and moved out in 2003, which I regret to this day...

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About this photo

As the name of the colliery would indicate this pit is actually in the Ely Valley and at the time of the Frith photograph would be one of the few still in full production. Mind you it was started later as the two shafts here were not sunk until 1913. At its peak it employed 1,580 men and produced 515,000 tons of coal. There is a nicely composed divergence between the dark tree and wholly conical-shaped slag heap in the distance.

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