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Nostalgic memories of Abercynon's local history

Share your own memories of Abercynon and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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I worked under ground at Abercynon Colliery from 1951 until 1953. I worked on the coal face in the "S" district, a five foot coal seam which was about 100 yards in length and which had a slight gradient. I also worked on the roadway in the "F" district constructing the roadway which followed up with the coal seam. My Buddy who I worked with on the road construction in the"F" district (and ...see more

Added 04 November 2012
I was 3 years old when I was in Melba's Troupe. I was the smallest and Betty (Jones) Lane was the youngest, the only boy was Len Gair. I am still looking for photos of us. I was taken by my mother when I was 4/5 to the Empress, as my father was afternoons in the pit. My sister Phyllis was learning to dance by my mother (who could do any dance) so there was no baysitter for me, ...see more

I remember visiting Abercynon as a small child. Taken there by my mother to the house of Uncle Benjamin Jones. Having just turned 70 and lived in New Zealand for some 57 years my memories of the location of their house is vague. I do remember it being on a steep hill with a grand view. Benjamin gave my mother Haulwen away at her wedding (her Dad had died when she was only 4 years old) - her maiden ...see more

In 1911 Census my relative John Jerman Griffiths ( a Stone Mason ) and wife Alice Gwenllian (nee Evans) lived at 50 Glancynon Street, Abercynon with Alice's sister Margrett Mary Evans. John's brother Edward (Ted) had been head hunted by Australian coaches to go to Australia to play rugby/football so not long after John and Alice emigrated to Australia along with John's siblings Edward (Ted) Henry and ...see more

Many Rememberance Sundays were spend at the Abercynon Clock by members of the Abercynon branch of the Glamorgan Army Cadet Force .