Sheep of the Garw

From earliest times sheep have been a prominent feature of the landscape of the Garw Valley. The Cistercians who were settled in the abbey of Margam under the Normans in the 12th century held vast estates, or granges, in the uplands around Llangeinor, and along with the monks at Tintern, were the richest wool producers in South Wales….

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Taffy

by Alun Rees Taffy is a Welshman,Taffy is no thief.Someone came to Taffy’s house,And stole his leg of beef. Taffy made no protest,For he does not like a row.So that someone called on Taffy once again,And stole the bloody cow! They have stole his coal and iron,They steal his water too.They try to steal his…

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Outdoor Pursuits

Years ago an elderly Betws gentleman, sadly no longer here, was well-known for his wealth of stories about what he used to get up to as a boy. He used to tell tales of rabbit hunting down on the old Port Talbot railway line, where he would snare them on both sides of the old…

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Rag, Tag and Bone Tales

This particular story does not relate to the Garw valley, but to an earlier childhood memory of mine. I must have been 7 or 8 years old and because of the housing shortage, my mother and I  were living in my paternal Grandfathers house in 225 City Rd. Cardiff. I remember it being and sort…

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