Penybont/Tillery Colliery

Penybont Colliery Sinking Report 1848

Penybont Colliery Sinking Report 1848. A newspaper report from the Principality Newspaper dated Friday 8th September 1848. It shows the Tyr Nicholas Colliery, Cwmtillery Colliery, progressing. Originally sunk under the ownership of Mr Thomas Brown, purchased by Mr John Russell in 1847 and being expanded under the supervision of Mr Martin of Risca. The report also mentions the progress of ... Read More »

Powell’s Tillery Miner’s Institute – A History

The First Reading Rooms at Abertillery in 1856. Long before Mr Thomas Wilde 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. Sir Thomas Phillips was born at Ynys-y-Garth near the Clydach Iron Works, close to Brynmawr, Brecknockshire, he became the Mayor of 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 Coal Washery, Cwmtillery was laid-off from his employment, the remaining workers being displeased at this dismissal had put up union notices of “show cards” in connection with the Miners Federation, this action by the workers ... 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 and the Old Bridgend Inn at Old Penybont Road, though as the railway traffic was increasing in the Cwmtillery valley this crossing was becoming extremely dangerous. Pressure was put on the local board to construct a ... Read More »

Thomas Wilde Powell 1818-1897

Mr Thomas Wilde Powell 1818-1897. Mr Thomas Wilde Powell, was a solicitor, philanthropist, banker, broker and art collector etc, he lived in Piccards Rough, Guildford. His wife was Mary Elizabeth nee Marten. In 1884, shortly after coming to Abertillery, Mr Powell paid for the erection the Tillery Reading Rooms, Abertillery. Mr Powell was also instrumental in the construction the Powell’s ... 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 ventilation 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. Air ... Read More »

Shaft Diver – Penybont Colliery 1865

Shaft Diver at the Penybont Tillery Colliery. The following is a report from an engineering item written by Mr T. Dyne Steel, M.E. a share-holder and engineer who had connections with of the Penybont Tillery Colliery in the 1860’s. The Devonshire Journal. This article is from the Devonshire Journal, dated December 1865, it states that Mr T. Dyne Steel has ... Read More »

Penybont Tillery Colliery – Early History

The Penybont Tillery Colliery. Between 1846 and 1848 the sinking of the Penybont Tillery Colliery under the ownership of Messrs T. P. and D. Price of Brecon began on the Greenmeadow Estate, Penybont, owned by Mr Stothert, of Bath. Mr Matthew Habakkuk was the underground surveyor and engineer in charge during its sinking. Messrs T. P. Price & D. Price ... Read More »

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