NEATH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY
(PRESERVING OUR LOCAL HISTORICAL HERITAGE)
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This month's mystery image
Where is this early c.20th group posed?
Answer to previous mystery image was:
Last month's mystery image generated a good deal of healthy discussion, debate and great stories amongst our friends on the social media forums. The Society thanks them for their interest and input.
The opinions fell into two camps being the houses still standing in High Street (top of Pen-y-Dre) and those in James Street (now demolished). Admittedly the two examples are remarkably similar and were probably erected by the same builder who reused his plans. However, close examination reveals a few subtle differences.
1. In the High Street example, the top of the door entrance is 11 bricks wide, whereas the photo posted is 12 bricks wide. Also there are 3 bricks between the right hand doorway and the first window, whilst the photo has about 7 bricks.
2. The High Street example had one window in the pine end, whilst the photo has two windows in the pine end (one is partly obscured by the street lamp).
3. There was a clear run from High Street to Wind Street, but the photo shows a building interrupting this.
4. The photo example has two steps up to each door; whilst there are none in High Street (even resurfacing would not have raided the pavement that high).
The case was therefore strong for the James Street opinion. Following this a search regarding James Street was made amongst the Jonah Arnold and Smith documents in the NAS archive. These are a wealth of information on many buildings in the town over many years. The result was that the original plans were located showing all of the features including two windows in the pine end. (NAS/JAS 2/1/2023). They were built for Mrs C Fear Davies and are dated 1934.
As stated above the High Street examples probably followed a little later. Thanks again for all your interest. This month's image is rather more difficult - unless, of course, you know different.
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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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