NEW PAGE "Sixty-one Views" A souvenir brochure from c1900
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. (see below). Here the emphasis is more on the streets and places that catered for the community. So chapels, churches, places of entertainment etc are covered along with events of local interest during the mining era.
If you have any old photos, particularly of long closed shops, pubs and chapels which you would care to share they would be most welcome.
It has not escaped my attention that the 24th February 2021 will be the 150th anniversary of the horrendous colliery explosion at Pentre Pit in which 38 miners and rescuers lost their lives. Having started to look through the family trees of the time to see what happened to the widows and children, it
would seem that there may well be a number of descendants still living in the Rhondda today. I would be interested to hear from anyone who is, and anyone else who may have some historic information on the disaster itself they may care to share. Please contact me on the email address shown to right.
The "Y GLORAN" is a Welsh language magazine covering the Pentre and other parts of the Upper Rhondda Fawr. Published at roughly monthly intervals, it can be purchased in Ton Pentre at Evans News, or in Treorchy at Treorci News. If you don't see it on display, please ask. There is a new Y Gloran page now on the site. This is intended to be in Welsh only, but as I do not (with apologies) speak the language I would be grateful if any correspondance relating to the page is in English.
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.