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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 sreveal to you a fine example of what may be achieved.


There was a lot of LOVE in

seventeenth century Neath



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A mixed bag to challenge the little grey cells

A valley village possibly the 1940s with a railway close by.

Who are this team from the days when the ball was leather and boot studs could be leathal. 

A valley industry possibly coal mining?

A pround private in uniform - do we have any idea who he is?


Answer to the previous mystery images:

This created a lot of reminiscences about carnivals and comedy jazz bands, particularly the Crymlyn Bogside Band. Allegedly Geoff Wheel the Welsh international second row was a member one time. The 'tramps' are Lenny Davies and Howard Griffiths, with Kenny Jenkins and David Phillips on the tail lift platform.

Absolutely no debate about the location of the  Carnival King & Queen of 1937 - they are on the road running from Pontrhydyfen to Efail Fach at Machpelah cemetery.



Not much luck with this WW1 picture other than the badges seem to be of the Welsh Regiment.




This could be an Eisteddfod Committee or the annual Navy Day celebrations.  The photograph is taken at the front of Rheola House (see Keeping the Past Alive p.108) meaning that the man seated to the left of Jonah Arnold in the front row leaning on his stick is likely to be Col J. Edwards Vaughan.



Many convincing comments confirm this as Swiss Gables.  This elevated view of the old Dyffryn vicarage shows just how impressive the house is. This facade is the side view of the building (about 90 degrees to the view from the road) Before the advent of drone devices it was likely taken from the tower or nave roof of the adjacent St. Matthew's Church.

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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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