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This month Phil John reveals that there is more than just ONE 'murder stone' in Cadoxton churchyard

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This month's mystery image

This month a group of schoolboys and their masters proudly displaying their trophy.  What year? What School? What trophy? - with open flying collars in fashion shall we say circa 1940s?

Answer to previous mystery image:

We thank Nigel Williams fo his answer to last month's image. He reports thus:

Regarding the latest mystery picture I have it on good authority, from two sources, that the garage sold National Benzole petroleum products and in the 1940s the landlord of the Dyffryn Arms, a Mr Harris possibly, actually ran the garage then. Around 1965 the garage was owned by a Harry Dummer followed a few years later by an Albert Brown, who was also the proprietor of the Butchers Arms in Alltwen. It is suggested that the canopy was still there in the early 1970s  but that it may have been demolished as part of the refurbishment of the Dyffryn Arms and extension of the car park in the mid/late 1970s. There was a pavement on the left side of the road as shown in the picture from at least the late 1950s, so this particular image must pre-date that.

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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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