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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A Temporary Madness. Bettws, 1911.

While returning his sweetheart home, a miner in the Garw Valley, Glamorgan, was suddenly seized with a fit of madness, and pulling out a revolver fired twice at his fiance and then turned the weapon on himself with fatal consequences. The deceased was Leonard Penton Beavis, 31. of Pandy. Bettws, and for nearly seven years…

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By Roy Davies There was a quietness that sat in the streets of the valley in those days. We would squat on the kerb of the main street in the hot Summer days poking pieces of stick into the hot melting tar between the chippings and making patterns in the soft, rubbery surface with our…

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Capten the Pit Pony: a children’s story   

‘Capten’s  the cob with the white star on his forehead’, said Morgan. ‘He’s Bryn’s horse.’ Morgan’s older brother, Bryn, was a haulier in the pit. It was his job to lead the horse, hitch him up to a dram full of coal or timber, and bring him back and forth all day.

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by Ron Davies

The big difference between now and then – the war years and just after – is that Christmas never lasted so long as it seems to these days. 

Bonfire night took much longer and had much more going for it: the excitement of collecting and storage, the fear that rivals might steal your best stuff, the incredible tension of lying on top of mounds of combustible rubbish listening for sounds of approaching marauders while the valley winds whistled through the many cracks of wall and roof.

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