NEATH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY
(PRESERVING OUR LOCAL HISTORICAL HERITAGE)
COVID - 19
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TWO ARTICLES THIS MONTH!
Everyone passes this edifice on their daily passage around the town, but many are unaware of its connection with a major Neath landowner - Phil John tells us about Vaughan's Tower
Health Professionals have been very much in our minds on a daily basis over the past few months. Sandra Davies gives a glimpse of those who cared for the sick before the days of the NHS
Find out about both in
News & Members Articles
A COLLIER'S CLAIM
A tustle over the Drymma Estate in 1865
(from the NAS archive)
see Miscellany and Snippets
The latest edition of the Swansea History Journal (MINERVA) carries two articles of interest to Neath. Lewis Rotely was landlord of the Castle Hotel before moving to Swansea and there is an article about him and his son's links to Lord Nelson. Another article expands on the article on this website by Martyn Griffiths about Benjamin French and the origins of the Mumbles Railway. For information about geting a copy during the restrictions - click on CAN YOU HELP
This month's mystery images (2 this month)
This month- two from the mystery vehicles pile. The first will appeal to students of military history (probably WW1) whilst the second is anybodies guess. The Neath connection(if any) is likely to be extremely slight - Good Luck!
Mystery Military Vehicle
M'Lady and her chauffeur
Answer to previous mystery images:
The first of last month's images certainly kicked off a great interchange of views and happy memories for people from the Cimla area of Neath. Analyzing the results - there is an overwhelming consensus for the far end of Holly Road looking down into Chestnut Road and dissected by Cimla Crescent. The absolute clincher came from David Gittings who tells us that the photo was 'taken by my father from our front garden'. Remarkably many houses in the area have retained the distinctive fence posts. The further mystery is quite how the image found its way into the NAS collection! The Society thanks all those who responded with the many comments.
The second image was thought to be a press photograph featuring an anonymous passing child. The answer that came back was a real surprise with a response that absolutely pinned it down. Glyn Thomas identified it as his niece Julie Thomas who lives and works in London involved in music reproductions and the theatre. She confirmed his opinion remarking 'just coming out of lockdown with that haircut!' The photo was taken by her father Vince Thomas.
Regarding the Great Mystery Box section, the rugby team was identified by Mike Thomas as a BP Llandarcy team of the 1950s.
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Neath Mechanics' Institute, Church Place, Neath, home of the Society
Formed in 1923 (from the earlier Neath Philosophical Society of 1834), the Neath Antiquarian Society has taken a leading role in recording, preserving and safeguarding Neath's historical heritage. Therefore, the Society began to collect archives relating to the local area and further afield.
Over the decades a considerable amount of material was amassed, dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries, but this was not available to the general public and lacked a proper catalogue. The year 2001 saw the launch of the project 'Unlocking Neath's Archival Heritage', a joint venture between the Neath Antiquarian Society and the West Glamorgan Archive Service: with Heritage Lottery Funding, the entire archive collection was catalogued in detail by staff from the West Glamorgan Archive Service to make it fully available to the public for the first time in 2003.
Where can the documents be seen?
The Neath Antiquarian Society archive collections are held at the Neath Mechanics' Institute. Click here for details of opening hours.
What archives are available?
Records of the Neath Antiquarian Society
Research papers of prominent local historians connected with the Society.
Borough of Neath & Neath Corporation records.
Records of manors and estates, including Gnoll, Eaglesbush, Briton Ferry, Bach-y-gwreiddyn, Little Hill, etc.
Coytrahen and Neath Abbey Estate records.
Collections of documents regarding local events, businesses, chapels and industry.
Maps and plans of the local area.
Advertising material & other related ephemera.
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1. Thanks to the County & City of Swansea and their officials for providing information pages relating to the Neath Antiquarian Society within their website and for their continued support of the Society's objectives.
2. Thanks to Neath Heritage Scene - for inaugurating this website and also for its work in the common aim of preserving our local history and heritage for present and future generations.
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