NEATH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY
(PRESERVING OUR LOCAL HISTORICAL HERITAGE)
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THE YEAR OF THE VACCINE HAS MADE GREAT PROGRESS, HOWEVER, BEING AS THERE ARE CONTINUING DIFFICULTIES REGARDING NEW VARIANTS AND ANOTHER WAVE OF INFECTION IMMINENT, THE SOCIETY HAS RELUCTANTLY DECIDED TO FURTHER POSTPONE THE LECTURE PROGRAMME. THE SITUATION (ALONG WITH RE-OPENING OF THE NMI) WILL BE MONITORED, BUT IT IS UNLIKELY THAT THINGS WILL CHANGE BEFORE 2022
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WHAT WAS THERE BEFORE?
There will be those of you who may wonder where this simple question may lead you and how the NAS archive of documents, maps and images may help. A look at YSGUBOR NEWYDD will reveal to you a fine example of what may be achieved.
MONTHLY MYSTERY IMAGES
A mixed bag to challenge the little grey cells
What is known about the Ynysarwed Dairy, who is the milkman and where are they standing?
Not a very clear image - where is or was this valley farm?
This is the ALL STARS football team of the 1930s with their rather dark teddy bear mascots! Where were they from and what trophy have they won?
Answer to the previous mystery images:
This was certainly the uniform of the Glamorgan Constabulary until it was phased out in 1959/60. The rearmost officer in the parade looks remarkably like the late P.C. Morley Evans who in and around 1955 was the village constable at Jersey Marine and covered the area on the Swansea side of the first Briton Ferry Bridge, opened in 1955.
A very impressive badge with no identifying marks as to maker or age. With the interlaced lettering of NBC it seems fair to surmuise that it has a connection with Neath Borough Council, but who wore it and why remains a mystery at present.
There was a lot of interest and information for this image. This is Resolven Athletic FC who were Senior Champions of the Neath & District League and they are pictured in front of the bowling green pavilion. A lot of people from the area recognised family members. At the far right of the middle row is Fred 'Stoddart' Jenkins who was landlord of the New Inn and on the far left of the same row is Danny Jones. The goalkeeper sitting directly behind the shield is Horace Beezer. Bottom row right is Luke Williams with Idris Guard next to him. The third man in the back row is thought to be Doctor Forde and on the left of the same row is Bert Steele, the cobbler. The first player on the left of the middle row is Ray Harris; the last player on the right of the middle row is Dai Sam Evans and next to him is Elwyn Jenkins.
Rather topically two of these players are considered to have sadly passed away with football related brain damage.
To continue the sporting theme it would seem that smaller amateur rugby teams (probably because of shortage of funds) would borrow kit from the leading local club, in this case Pontrhydyfen used Neath. Remarkably the elderly father of Andrea Edwards was able to name most of the team members (those in red are unconfirmed).
Back Row - Sam Rees, Dai Griff Hughes, Reuben Matthews, Tommy Buston, Guy Gregory, Dai Hayden, Howell Davies, David Gregory.
Middle Row - Tom Barnes, Randall Pritchard, Oz Griffiths, Joe Walker, Tom Gregory, Owen Lewis, Moc Jones.
Front Row - Tom John, baby Owen, Oz Prosser.
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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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