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NEW images in the Great Mystery Box


Once the only way out of town!

Now only used by pedestrians but for centuries the only way in and out of Neath from the west.


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(A mix of the very old and the more recent this month!)

Were you in charge if you sported a boater, but FIVE men to operate one set of points!

This wedding party outside the Dyffryn vicarage was an august assembly with no less than THREE clergymen and what seems to be an ageing Joseph Moore-Gwyn, but who was getting married?

Possibly flying the flag to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, does anyone know the house or the street?

According to the blackboard this was a lesson in French for class 6A at the Neath Intermediate (Grammar) School for Boys in the 1950s.  The image was taken by Elis Jenkins, but who were his pupils?



Answer to the previous mystery images:

This grand house was indeed in the Neath valley and was identified by Kerry Evans as Glyncatle House.  William Jones a colliery manager (presumably Glyncastle Colliery) was the 44 year old occupant in 1901 who lived therewith his wife, three young children, two sisiters, a nursemaid and a domestic servant.



Staying in the Neath valley, Roger Place identified this as the same shop that was run by his parents Iris & Vernie Place at Commercial Road in the village of Resolven. 




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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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