A window on Pentre, past and present. For inclusion in any section simply advise me via the email contact address, any pictures in jpeg format. There is no charge, it's a local service!
Other information will, slowly but surely, be added to this site as it becomes available.
NEW: Rhondda Historical Society. Talks programme updated
NEW: The Community Group page has been removed along with pages for organisations which do not keep me up to date with their programmes. A new
"NOTICE BOARD" page has been created to display notices about forthcoming events. Email me about your event and it will be displayed - no charge!
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.
Buzzing of the bees in an Echium "tree". Watching the bees at work, they always seem to start at the bottom and work up the plant.
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This website is maintained as a window on Pentre and its past. Coal mines and mining in general have been dealt with on numerous sites and in various books. Here emphasis is more on the streets, and places that catered for the community. So chapels, churches, places of entertaiment, shops etc. are covered along with events of local interest during the mining era. If you have any old photos, particularly of old shops, pubs, and chapels you would care to share. they would be most welcome to include in this archive.
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As a rough guide to the area covered by this site the present Pentre Ward boundaries have generally been used.
In researching the history of various places and people extensive use is made of newspaper archives which generally are quoted in the rather flowery style of the time. Few newspapers then were produced with photographs, and those that were, were usually of very poor quality, so the text had to paint the picture for the reader. Old papers are to be found in the extensive archives of The British Newspaper Archive and Welsh Newspapers On Line. Both are well worth looking at.
Modern pictures, unless otherwise credited, by M.C.Ash