General History

Abertillery Art Classes – An Early History

Abertillery Art Classes. The British Schools. In 1887 during the rebuilding of the British Schools boy’s section, Mr Thomas Bevan, headmaster and Mr William Roberts of Nantyglo initially established art lessons. These art lessons became part of the Science and Art Classes and in connection with these classes lectures were given by the county organiser Mr E. Small M.A. and ... Read More »

The Drill Hall – Abertillery

The Original Drill Hall – Abertillery. During the late 1890’s the Drill Hall at Abertillery was in a room above and which was part of the Castle Inn, Castle Street, Abertillery (as seen left, centre of the image). The Castle Inn and the old Drill Hall was opposite where the entrance into Tesco is today. It was used by the ... Read More »

Mrs Rosina (Rose) Heyworth – The Lady Behind the Name

Mrs Rosina (Rose) Heyworth – The Lady Behind the Name. The Rose Heyworth Colliery was sunk in 1874 under the directorship of Mr Lawrence Heyworth managing director of the South Wales Colliery Company.¬† The company already owned Cwmtillery (the South Wales Colliery) and the first coal raised at Rose Heyworth was in about 1876-77, though may well have been later ... Read More »

Clyn Mawr Ganol – Penybont Nursing Home, Abertillery

Clyn Mawr Ganol. Clyn Mawr Ganol (middle farm) was one of three ancient farms at Clyn Mawr, Clyn Mawr Uchaf (upper farm) the Ganol and lower down close to where the Social Security Office is today was Clyn Mawr Isaf (lower farm). The Clyn Mawr Ganol is seen (centre-left) on the 1840 map, also seen on the map is the ... Read More »

Mining School – Crumlin

Mining School – Crumlin Monmouthshire. Prior to established mining schools and colleges, the various aspects of advanced mining education in connection with colliery officials and management etc was usually given at local schools in the coal mining districts. These mining classes were usually held after normal school hours under the Technical Instruction Committees. During the rapid expansion of the coal ... Read More »

The Old Tyleryans Association

The Old Tyleryans Association. The Old Tyleryans Association Society was formed in February 1901. It began as an association to keep a bond of union amongst the old pupils of the Intermediate School, County School, Abertillery. Mr W. D. Lewis Evans the headmaster was its (President), Miss Tongue of Blaina as (Treasurer) and Mr A. W. Box of Oak Street, ... Read More »

Mr W. D. Lewis Evans – Headmaster of the Intermediate County School Abertillery

Mr W. D. Lewis Evans. Mr W. D. Lewis Evans was born in 1871 at Cardiganshire, the son of John and Martha Evans. He was educated at Conwil Cayo Elementary School, Llansawel Grammar School and Ardwyn Secondary School at Aberystwyth. Mr Lewis Evans then proceeded to University College of Aberystwyth. He had a distinguished university career, obtaining his B.A. (London), ... Read More »

Abertillery Intermediate School and Clyn Mawr

Abertillery Intermediate County School – Circa 1905. The image shows the area of Clyn Mawr with the original Abertillery Intermediate County School opened on Wednesday 19th January 1898, extended and reopened on Wednesday 20th December 1911.   Points of Interest – At the bottom are the newly built houses of Glandwr Street. Two blocks of the Wooden Houses (far left) ... Read More »

The Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company

The Railway Story, a Brief¬†History. From the late 18th century coal and iron was taken from the workings in the valleys by pack-mules to the various canals for transportation to the docks. By the early 19th century more collieries in the form of coal levels were opening out in the top end of the valleys and the use of trams ... Read More »

King Edward VIII at Abertillery

King Edward VIII at Abertillery. In November 1936 King Edward VIII announced he would visit the district during a two-day official tour of South Wales. On Wednesday 18th of November, the first day’s tour would begin at Llantwit Major and end at Penrhiwceiber with the route through Merthyr Tydfil. On Thursday 19th of November the tour would begin at Llantarnum, ... Read More »

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