NEATH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY
(PRESERVING OUR LOCAL HISTORICAL HERITAGE)
COVID - 19
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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.
2. IN LINE WITH LATEST ADVICE ON SOCIAL DISTANCING AND IN CONCERT WITH BOTH NPT COUNCIL & WEST GLAM ARCHIVE SERVICE THE NEATH MECHANICS' INSTITUTE WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (posted18th March 2020)
1. AFTER MUCH DELIBERATION AND ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF THE ADVICE GIVEN REGARDING COVID19 AND PUBLIC GATHERINGS FOR THE OVER 60s, THE SOCIETY HAS DECIDED TO SUSPEND THE LECTURE PROGRAMME UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. (posted 14th March 2020)
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Due to the situation we find ourselves in, it is felt appropriate to post an additional article that has been compiled by our Chairman. It is aptly entitled 'When all this is over...' it gives us much to reflect on in contrasting today with the past.
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WHERE WAS THAT HOUSE?
Two useful sketch maps are reproduced from past 'Transactions' in Miscellany and Snippets
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This month Martyn Griffiths looks at the subject of
GAOLS AND LOCK-UPS IN NEATH
one thing for sure is that if you were a miscreant locked up during in the mid nineteenth century, then you would be in for an 'offal' time!
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also a new item in Miscellany & Snippets
This month's mystery image
The residence is identified as Dyffryn House, but what of the pond in the grounds; it seems to be naturally fed from what appears to be a small cascade (or are these steps)? Looking at modern satellite imagery there are two 'ponds' that exist nearby; one is near to a house called The Grange and a larger one near to Glyn Clydach, but he second seems too far down. The pond in the photograph may not exist anymore having been filled in or enfolded back into the arms of mother nature. What do you locals know?
Remember: There are more images to ponder in the GREAT MYSTERY BOX tab
Answer to previous mystery image:
Due to the half tone image, this was not an easy one. It seems that the bus is from outside theNeath area. Here is a distillation of the replies (you know who you are!)
I read the registration plate as NY.4374 but.....found it was a Chevrolet bus owned by a firm in Pontarddulais, so, clearly not that one, as the bus in the picture is a Ford T (or TT). I can just about make out the word VALLEY on the side of the bus below the 3rd and 4th windows. If anyone has better eyesight than me, and can read the registration plate, and the words on the board below the windscreen, I may be able to trace it further, but, for now, it's a mystery. As for the lettering around the roof, to me it looks like it reads CASTLE VARIETIES FOR PICTURES MUSIC & CULTURAL ..........Looks more like NY4324 .......It does, but I have drawn a blank on that version. Squinting at the words below the windows, I can definitely see VALLEY, and the last two letters of the word before it, AN. Could it read AFAN VALLEY? If so, who would have had that as the name of their bus service? There were over a dozen individual owner/drivers who were part of the Avon Valley Bus Owners Group, which co-ordinated journeys on the Aberavon - Pontrhydyfen and beyond service.
A few comments this month which suggested locations ranging from Gasworks Road to Cadoxton, but nothing conclusive could tie it down. As posted there is no certainty that it was even a Neath area photo. So, back in the box it goes.
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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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