NEATH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY
(PRESERVING OUR LOCAL HISTORICAL HERITAGE)
COVID - 19
The website remains active during quarantine restrictions - new items are added monthly and sometines more often. See BREAKING NEWS first.
3. TO ALL OUR MEMBERS, FELLOW LOCAL HISTORIANS AND VISITORS TO THIS WEBSITE, BEST WISHES DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. LET US ALL STICK WITH IT - FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE, SUPPORT THOSE STILL WORKING IN THOSE AREAS THAT SERVE OUR RESTRICTED EXISTANCE, SO THAT WE MAY ALL GET BACK TO 'NORMAL' LIFE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Clicking the map of Wales on the right shows our location
Please give your support - make us your
home page on your internet browser.
This helps to preserve the website alive with daily 'hits' and keeps you updated with the new articles appearing.
TWO ARTICLES THIS MONTH!
The man behind an impressive memorial in St. Catwg's Church and his PLACE in history
The stone with a hidden secret
Sitting in the quiet churchyard of St. Mary's Llansawel and used today as an ornament for flowers, is an ancient stone with a secret.
Find out about both in
News & Members Articles
CALLING ALL 'FERRYITES'
A fascinating list of shops from the past in your area
see Miscellany and Snippets
Whilst we are all staying at home you may like to explore some of the videos produced by Mike Davies. you will find details on the RESEARCH TOOLS tab on the left hand menu
This month's mystery images (2 this month)
RIGHT UP YOUR STREET?
The fence posts are quite distinctive but have probably been removed/replaced over the years. The distant hill suggests that the shot is somewhere in Cimla. Is this your street?
The Gnoll brook had been the source of flooding of the town for many years. This is one of the 78inch drains fitted as part of the Gnoll Brook Interceptor scheme. This runs down Forster Road , Gnoll School yard, Civic Centre and Fairground to the river Neath. The Neath Civic Centre is framed in the distance. Are you (or do you know the name of) the young girl posing for the camera?
Calling sports fans - there are new images to ponder in the GREAT MYSTERY BOX
Answer to previous mystery image:
David Thomas of the Swansea Valley History Society answered directly to the NAS website to say of a similar image that appears on page 60 of the book 'Around Pontardawe - Vol.3.'
'The location was the Pontardawe Steel Works c. 1920. Having looked at the two images, one face appears to be in both photographs (the man standing on the operating platform). The crane appears to be exactly the same. I would therefore suggest the image was taken at the Pontardawe Steelworks, but I stand to be corrected.'
Ah well, not Neath area then - pity!
Please be aware that our days of opening are
Monday and Thursday
For researchers requiring access to the NAS archive only and who are unable to attend on these two days (e.g. distance/foreign visitors) it may be possible to arrange an appointment. Please consult the 'News' and 'Contact Us' buttons on the left hand menu for further information.
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.
The Neath Antiquarian Society claims overall copyright on material posted on this website under the Copyright Acts and the restrictions imposed by those Acts. The copyright of certain articles on this website remains the exclusive property of the individual authors. If in doubt, please ask. Ignorance of copyright rules is no excuse for violation.
All information is presented in good faith and no responsibility can be accepted for any omissions or errors that may occur from time to time.
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.
All rights reserved - 2013 - 2020