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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Fifty Sheds of Grey

Back in the 70s the old Washery at Blaengarw was demolished to make way for a more modern building. I was lucky enough to get a job on the new site as a ‘handyman / teaboy’ which involved generally helping the site craftsmen, steel erectors, welders etc.

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Isaac and Priscilla Thomas: their story.

Written and researched by Maureen Browning & Sandra Hayes (nee Heycock) Isaac Thomas was born in1851, the son of David and Choice Thomas (nee Morris), and started his working life as a collier. He married Priscilla Rees on 25th May 1876 and by 1881 they were living in 4, Treharne Row, Pontyrhyl with one child,…

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The Beginning of a Mining Community

Submitted by Colin Davies As far as the history of mining communities in the Garw is concerned, Blaengarw was the youngest. There are three geographical features which help define the boundaries of interest. To the west is Mynydd Moelgilau; to the north is Mynydd Blaengarw, and Mynydd Llangeinor is the eastern boundary. It is only…

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