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NEW images in the Great Mystery Box


This was no Fool's Gambit!


The day a WORLD CHAMPION came to town


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(THREE this month!)

An idyllic cottage in the woods - but where?

From not so long ago.  This house appears to be an addition to a much older building. Note the corbel on the right hand corner window and the crenellated tower to the left.  A wild guess would be Cilybebyll, but who knows?

No marks for the location but what was the name of the middle shop between Allin's grocer and Dewhurst's butcher?  It appears to be a tobacconist but who traded from there.


Answer to the previous mystery images:

This image resulted in much reminiscing about the flats and the hydraulic house.  It was agreed that the general location is the Neath Abbey Wharf area.  Whilst it is difficult to precisely say how far from the river the yard was, the tall lighting tower indicates it must have been a substantial area.  This is not helped by the A465 cutting across the location today; it may have been as far back as where Macdonald's and the petrol station is today.


Opinions on the gang of 'navies' was inconclusive but was felt to relate to railway work somewhere in the area.  Canals are discounted since they were dug prior to the development of photography.   



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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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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.

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