Tonyrefail, Coedely Colliery c.1955

Tonyrefail, Coedely Colliery c.1955

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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.

Memories of Tonyrefail, Coedely Colliery c1955

My Visit Down The Mines.

Daddy worked here for many years...also my nephew and uncles. I went underground when I was 14 years old with a group of four youngsters, taken down to view the mines with a gentleman who worked there and was a family friend too, his name was Jackie Belting, from Thomastown. We had an amazing few hours and I never forgot it.

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.

Dad As A Choir Boy At St Davids

After my dad passed away in January this year (2012), I realised I knew very little about my family history. I started searching the records for dad's family - a difficult task looking for a Davies who was born in Wales! I had a stroke of luck when we came across my grandad's birth certificate. Armed with ...Read full memory

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 was T.Bowen Jones and was called Boss. The school was so big with pupils from places like Beddau and Ynysmaerdy. Coming from Gilfach Goch I ...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 to an agreement between Hopkins Rowlands, John Rowlands, Esther Rowlands and Gwen Rowlands. In it they agree to buy a house for £55!. The ...Read full memory

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