The Mining Explosion

Having already looked into the population of Blaengarw from the 1841-1911 censuses inclusive, I have attempted to carry out a similar approach for the other Garw mining communities. However, I have restricted my research to the population immediately before housing development, and immediately afterwards. Due to size of the project which I did not fully anticipate, I…

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Resurrection Cheese

About the years 1860-64, a Mr. Plowden, of Trefenty. Nr Llanfihangel, permitted a local shepherd to keep two cows on his land; the milk they gave enabled the shepherd to make some cheese which he sold on to supplement his wages.

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Entombed in a drift: exciting rescue attempt.

All day Wednesday, and througout Tuesday, a band of miners made heroic efforts to extricate a man who had been buried by a fall at a new drift in a pit at Pantygog, in the Garw valley. The drift was being dug just below and old level,locally known as Peace & Plenty, by contractors for…

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