The Garw and Saltley Gate*

In January 1972, the N.U.M. Declared a national strike, over pay and pit closures. This strike led the way to an entirely new way of picketing. Up until then picketing of other workplaces to get support for a strike had been localised, standing outside the main gates of the nearest Power Station or Colliery asking…

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Llewellyn Jones

Llewellyn Jones was not originally from the Garw Valley he was actually born in Llantwit Fadre in 1868. His parents Elias and Mary moved to Pontycymer when he was 12 years old. Elias Jones was following his trade as a coal miner/shaft sinker and this was the period of the Garw’s history when coal mining…

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Shouting On The Sabbath

Glamorgan Gazette 15/12/1916 Seven small boys hailing from Pontycymmer and Blaengarw, viz., Francis J. Healey (9), Arthur G. Pullen (16), William Williams (14), Thomas Williams (15), Clifford Williams (12), Arthur Williams (12), and Bertie Williams (10), were summoned for “Noisily shouting out the newspapers on the Sabbath Day.” Police Sergeant Watts, in proving the case,…

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Carnival Memories

On Carnival Day, everyone had to be at the various clubs and pubs very early in the morning, this ostensibly for the decoration of the ‘Float’ and costume fitting. There was always a group of willing volunteers, and because the clubs were open for serving drinks throughout the day it was great fun. Every organisation…

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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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