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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Our most prolific contributor relates how the famous architect John Nash and Neath were connected
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News & Members Articles
They did not always say nice things about Neath and its people. Crimes of the seventeenth century - and How is YOUR handwriting?
see MISCELLANY AND SNIPPETS
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
This house in a rural setting is quite substantial and has an impressive kitchen/market garden - but where is it?
Although the box brownie had some job focussing on the scene these friends knew who they were! - The viaduct arch seems too tall for anything known locally - but what are your thoughts?
From the number of chimneys this is quite a large tinworks/ironworks. Now long gone, who knows the place?
Answer to the previous mystery images:
There were many answers this month, some right, some way off the mark. The noted expert for this area Jason Jarvis confirmed the correct ones and filled in the gaps.
This is the village of Oakwood, Pontrhydyfen about 1930 taken from Taisha(Tai Isaf).The footbridge is for crossing the railway and the building on the right is the Vicarage. There was a train crash to the left caused by a runaway train.
The rugby players are a combined Tonmawr and Pontrhydyfen team
This is the Garth Colliery at tonmawr about 1958
The smartly dressed soldier is Evan Jones, of Station Terrace, Pontrhydyfen.
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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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