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 NEATH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY

(PRESERVING OUR LOCAL HISTORICAL HERITAGE)

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2022

 

PROGRESS!

LECTURES RESTART

 NMI RE-OPENING

The Society is pleased to announce the restart of the Programme of Lectures and the re-opening of the Neath Mechanics' Institute.  See further down this page and the tabs on the left hand menu for:

LECTURE PROGRAMME and PANDEMIC UPDATE

 

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BREAKING NEWS

 

St. Catwg's Church

at Cadoxton

are running a series of events with a historical flavour

18th - 26th June

where TWO of our regular contributors

will be in attendance

see Can You Help on the left hand menu for details of what is happening each day and go along.

 

Also in Can You HelpCan You Help.  Do you have any relations that served in the Welsh (Howitzer) Brigade during WW1? - If so, then please contact John Lambert directly at his e-mail address.

 

Early Travellers'

 

report on the beauty of

 

BRITON FERRY

SEE

  News & Members Articles 

 

This month is the FINAL part of our serialisation

NEATH FLOATING DOCK

YOU WILL FIND IT UNDER ITS OWN TAB ON THE LEFT HAND MENU

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THIS MONTH'S MYSTERY IMAGES

A structure that seems in a state of near collapse, but where was it and does it still exist?

Rebuilding a retaining wall? - what is the location?

Where and what is this substantial red brick industrial building that would shortly be demolished?

 

 

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Answers to the previous mystery images:

This is the Aprea family at their premises, the Cosy Cafe, on Windsor Road.  Later generations converted it to an Italian restaurant as Cafe di Napoli. This was then renamed La Memo brasserie  Recently it was a Turkish Restaurant and is currently a pizza/kebab take away.

The strange ironwork is a set of tramway 'points' It was recovered from the line that ran to the Neath Abbey Ironworks by NAS member the late Don Britten.

 

This is the Neath Football Club team for the season 1920-1921.  They are possibly posed in front of the Llaandarcy Cricket Pavilion. Their record for the season was: Played 99, Won 16, Lost 17, Drawn 6.  Points for 220, points against 216. 

 

 

 

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The current days of opening and access to the NAS archive at the Neath Mechanics' Institute are as follows:

Entry requirements to the Neath Mechanics' Institute building follow NPT/SWANSEA.GOV risk assesments for COVID, making the wearing of face masks, the use of sanitisers and social distancing COMPULSORY. 

 

Mondays - For the public & NAS members - 09:30 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 16:45. providing access to the NAS archive and Family History research computers.  Supervised by staff of the West Glamorgan Archive Service.  Limited numbers and COVID restrictions in operation. Pre-booking strongly advised. For details please go to left hand tab marked PANDEMIC UPDATE.

Thursdays - Access to the NAS ARCHIVE ONLY  - 09:30 to 12:30 operated by NAS volunteers. Limited numbers and COVID restrictions in operation.  Attendance on a first come basis, pre-booking NOT required. For details please go to left hand tab marked PANDEMIC UPDATE.  

 

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.

Aknowledgements

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. Additionally, a thank you to all of our fellow Societies and individuals who have linked our website into their domains and social media outlets.

 

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