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Trehafod maps

Historic maps of Trehafod and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Trehafod maps

Trehafod area books

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Memories of Trehafod

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Trehafod - 1931 to 1955 And Beyond

I was born in 1930 at Rhydyfelin but moved to 37/38 Trehafod Road during 1931 and 1932 via Llwyncelyn. Both my father and grandfather worked at the colliery for a number of years. My grandfather, George Richards, worked there for some time before 1930 and I have an original letter dated 1910 from Captain Seaton in connection with his application for employment. My father worked for a time at the 5ft Hafod pit but he was well known as a dance band drummer and played with the Frank Wride band at the Coronation Hall, including the time when an unknown Tom Jones was starting out. The Lewis Merthyr Colliery figures often in family discussion and I remember going to the colliery with sandwiches for my father when he used to operate a small Telpher crane at the boiler house. Most things revolved around the river which was often in flood, covering parts of Lewis St, Wayne St, Fountain Terrace, River St, and most of the houses... Read more

Mid Glamorgan memories

Hopkinstown New Cinema

My father-in-law, Frederick Walter Francis, was projectionist at the Hopkinstown New Cinema (or New Theatre).  It is well known that the first 'talkie' film (with sound) was The Jazz Singer, but before it made its debut in London, the film and equipment were tried out in small locations throughout the country.  Mr Francis related that one of those locations was Hopkinstown, and that he had the honour to be among the first to see (and hear!) the new entertainment medium in England.


I was born in 50 Hopkinstown Road, right by the school. My name was then Heather Jones. I am now in Austraila, NSW. I have been back and it all looked so small and the roads. I was in the jazz band and was in pantomimes that my uncle would do, his name was Bill Price, and it was a lot of fun.

Good Times

I was born in Hopkinstown and lived in 58 Hopkinstown Road, I will never forget the place, I have been away for a long time but plan to go back soon.

Llwyncelyn Hall

Hi there, I have been told my grandfather Joseph Norman Hutchinson went to live with his uncle John Hutchinson in 1911 in Llwyncelyn Hall, all I know is he was a colliery manager, I cannot find this hall, I would love to find some more info about it or any photos of it, is it still there?Thankyou, Shirley.

The Children's Home, Woodland Terrace

My sisters and I lived in the children's home at 40 Woodland Terrace, Maesycoed from 1972 till 1975. I remember the staff being very caring but occasionally strict. Us younger ones were banished to the massive garden! We used to sit on the wall at the back of the garden and wait for a man with a delapidated truck hollering "Any old iron". Sometimes we used to sneak through the bushes and head off into town which was down a very steep footpath. If caught, the dormitory was our sanctuary for a couple of hours! We went to a Victorian-looking primary school, I think it was near Dan-y-graig or Dan-y-llan. I'm sure it was called Maesycoed Primary School but my memory is a little hazy. I do remember that a little down the road opposite the school and up a steep hill were fields of fern and heather. The staff used to take us there for walks, probably to tire us out! I could wax nostalgic about those days but... Read more

Family History And Search


Good Morning Porth.

Can anyone help me. I am tracing my family tree and my grandfathers family are all from the Porth, Ferndale, Dowlais Area. My great grandfathers name Was William James, his wifes name was Sarah. The 1891 and 1901 census show William and Sarah living at Lake Street in Ferndale. Wiliam and Sarah had the following children: Ann, David (my great grandfather), Thomas and Gwilym. My grandfather David married Ruth Naomi Griffiths and they lived in Porth. I know that Ruth Naomi died in 1904. I believe that David remarried later, he was a coal miner and also ministered at one of the chapels in Proth (I believe). They had the follwoing children: Thomas John who married Annie Blodwyn Higgins of Porth, William (my grandfather) he married twice, the second time to Susannah Thomas of Llangynwyd and they moved to Pontycymmer. I do not know the name of his first wife, but... Read more

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