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Due to the situation that we all find ourselves in, some of the lyrics of the song made famous by Judy Garland in the 1944 movie 'Meet me in St. Louis' have never seemed more fitting;

..... Next year all our troubles will be out of sight

..... Next year all our troubles will be miles away

..... Once again as in olden days, happy golden days of yore, Faithful friends who were near to us, Will be dear to us once more

..... Someday soon, we all will be together If the fates allow, Until then, we'll have to muddle through somehow, So have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

The NAS hopes that all our members and website visitors will have their own 'Merry Little Christmas', wherever and however they manage to make it.

Let us all follow the rules and try to make the words come true


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(Two this month)

We are at that school again!  This time the 1946 Rugby Team of the Neath Intermediate (later Grammar) School for Boys with teachers and the head (Dr. John).  Using the numbering for reference, who do you recognise?

A number of structures like this existed at collieries and were affectionatly known as 'Giant's Egg Cups' - can anyone positively locate this one? 


Answer to the previous mystery images:

The Pontardawe postmark was a great start in solving this one. Keri Thomas & Jeff Childs, tell us that it is the Cross Hands Hotel and PH.  This stood at the bottom of Alltwen Hill at its junction with Graig Road (shown to the left of the front building where the bicycles are). The ‘S and Hotel’ just visible in the image would link with this. The property pre-dated 1871 and was demolished c.1975 as part of the new road pattern from Alltwen to Pontardawe.

This photo caused a lot of reminiscences.  The collective opinion is that it is a senior year at the Neath Intermediate (Grammar) School for Boys about 1942. A number of teachers names came forward, such as Meirion Davies, Lewis Jones, Tom Pugh and Ieuan Jones.  Pupils names highlighted were Terry Shufflebotham and Rees Stephens.  Unfortunately, none of the respondants accurately pinpointed who these people are.  The above image is now annotated and we invite replies please using this numbering. 


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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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