Penybont/Tillery Colliery

Powell’s Tillery Miner’s Institute – A History

The First Reading Rooms at Abertillery in 1856. Long before Mr T. W. Powell came to the valley education was at the forefront of the long term planning for the towns workforce by the Industrialists. Sir Thomas Phillips was born near Brynmawr, he became the Mayor of Newport and was caught up in the battle at the Westgate Hotel, Newport ... Read More »

Penybont Washery Riot Monday 1st July 1912

Penybont Washery Riot Monday 1st July 1912. Towards the end of June 1912 a man employed by the J. Lancaster Company at the Penybont Washery was sacked and the remaining workers displeased at this dismissal had put up notices of “show cards” in connection with the Federation which enraged the manager who then removed the notices, this in turn angered ... Read More »

Penybont Bridge and Sidings

Penybont Bridge. The need for a bridge at Penybont was first discussed in 1889, there was a Level Crossing connecting the New Bridgend Hotel on Victor Road and the Old Bridgend Inn at Old Penybont Road and as the railway traffic was increasing in the Cwmtillery valley this crossing was becoming dangerous.¬† In The Late 1800s the Council were told ... Read More »

Thomas Wilde Powell 1818-1897.

Thomas Wilde Powell 1818-1897. Thomas Wilde Powell, was a Solicitor, Philanthropist, Banker, Broker and Art Collector etc, lived in Piccards Rough, Guildford. His wife was Mary Elizabeth nee Marten. He purchased the Penybont Colliery from Basil Jayne & Co in 1882. From this point the colliery was known as Powell’s Tillery Colliery. Mr Powell paid for the erection the Tillery ... Read More »

The Early Ventilation System

The ventilation in the mines during the 19th century. In the early deep coal mines (pre-electric fan ventilation) ventilation was generated by furnaces in a shaft, all the documents I have found relating to this shows the coal furnaces were at pit bottom in the up-cast shaft, located in two large recesses at the back of the shaft, the hot ... Read More »

Shaft Diver – Penybont Colliery 1865

Shaft Diver at Penybont Tillery Colliery. The following is a report from an Engineering item written by Mr T. Dyne Steel, ME., part owner of the Tillery Colliery in the 1860s. This article is from the Devonshire Journal dated December 1865, it states that, He – Mr T. Dyne Steel has employed a Shaft Diver at the Tillery Colliery, Abertillery ... Read More »

Penybont Tillery Colliery – Early History

Messrs Thomas Protheroe Price & D. Price Esq. Between 1846 and 1848 the sinking of the Penybont/Tillery Colliery began on the Greenmeadow Estate owned by Mr Stothert, of Bath. In September 1849 Mr Daniel Williams (Pit Sinker/Engineer) fell 240′ feet down the Penybont/Tillery Colliery. Luckily there was some water at the bottom which seemed to have broken his fall, he ... Read More »

Powell’s Tillery Institute Gymnastics Teams

Powell’s Tillery Institute Gymnastics Teams On Wednesday March 1903 the first Gymnastics display took place at the Institute by members of the Powell’s Tillery Collieries Gymnastic Class at the Gymnasium Hall. Dr Powell of Guildford Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tillery Company was on the platform supported by Mr and Mrs Stewart J.P. The Gymnastics team were ... Read More »

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