This website is maintained as a window on Pentre and its past. Coal mines and mining in general have been extensively covered on numerous sites and in various books. Here the emphasis is more on the streets and places that catered for the community. So chapels, churches, places of enternment etc are covered along with events of local interest during the mining era.
If you have any old photod, particularly of long closed shops, pubs and chapels which you would care to share they would be most welcome.
RECOLLECTIONS OF THE RHONDDA VALLEY.
It was my fate to come into the world just in time to behold the parish of Ystradyfodwg in its ancient condition. The old parish roads were in the condition in which they had always been. They had not been designed by a Brunel or any other skilled engineer. Each went down hill and up hill without the designers having, apparently. given a thought to the labour horses would incur in drawing heavy loads after them. Indeed, there is reason to believe that in those days all articles of merchandise, such as wheat, butter. cheese, eggs, and so forth were sent out of the valley across the mountains on pack horses. The old inhabitants took a short cut across the mountains to wherever they desired to go. They were not afraid of any type of ascent; nor any descent either. They had lungs of the strongest, and their ruddy cheeks spoke of pure oxygen, homely fare, and sober lives.
Ton Police Station and Court 1902
<These buildings replaced Pentres' first police station in Pentre Road, see article in "History Snippets". Courts at that time were held in Siloh and later in Stephens' Hall (Ystrad Road).
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