A collection of early postcards and photograhs. Do you have any old pictures of the area you would be willing to share. Local History is as much about
PEOPLE, where they lived, worked, played and shopped, as it is about the coal mining era in general. That old photo of great-granny in a pram might well show a long closed shop in the background.
Have a look through that shoe-box full of old photos on top of the wardrobe and see what you can discover about the area's past.
Winter Snow - probably 1947. Seen from Maendy Road
How things have changed: Cae Mawr is now an industrial Estate. The branch line to colliery has gone as has its bridges over the river and Carne Street. The bridleway from Pentwyn at that time crossed the river and linked to Volunteer Street. The incline from the quarry is clearly visible as is the colliery tip. Even the very course of the river has changed - note how close it came to the main road.
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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