NEATH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY
(PRESERVING OUR LOCAL HISTORICAL HERITAGE)
COVID - 19
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WHERE WAS THAT HOUSE?
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This month's mystery image
Calling all Navvies!
A group of hard working men proudly pose with their impressive steam crane. Where they and what were were they doing? Depending on whether the crane is mobile or fixed, they could be laying railway track, erecting a bridge, or merely working in an engineering works aided by the crane moving things for them. Our fans of railways and industrial archaeology might know!
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Following s few 'toughies' it was decided to make this one a bit easier which should stimulate a lot of comment. It certainly did! There was a lot of interchange and reminiscences of the grounds as left after the house was demolished. Here is a distillation of some of the comments;
….. The ponds are all over grown you can still see the remnants in the woods…….. It’s a cascade which is shown and one mud-clogged pond remains in Dyffryn Woods surrounded by gnarled old rhododendron trees which once ringed the area. I’ve even seen a photo with a boat on one of these ponds……There were three ponds in the 19th and early 20th centuries and this looks like a photo of the upper pond, nearest the house. The two upper ponds had been drained by the 1940s and only the southern pond survived. The upper pond was fed by a natural stream…..There used to be the remains of a man made cascade in the woods down from where the house is and to the south west, approx. of the lodge. Don't know if they are still there. Found them as a kid so probably about 50 years ago now…….The pond was still there going back 20 years ago when I kept my horse at the Grange. I can't remember any cascades though.
For a description of the mansion, go to http://www.spanglefish.com/dyffrynclydachand.../index.asp...
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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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