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Our Members Research

Our members have produced a number of research and discussion documents or have acquired interesting items that deserve a wider audience. We have reproduced a selection below, free of charge, in .pdf format for you to download. If you can add anything to our research, however little, we would love to hear from you.

Abercarn Blast Furnace

Having known a particular derelict building for many years, three members of the society identified it as the second Abercarn Blast Furnace of 1753 and carried out a study of the remaining structure. 'Abercarn Blast Furnace' by Foster Frowen, Lionel Milsom and Len Burland was first published in the Gwent Local History Journal in Spring 1997. :-

The House of Polly Morgan, Penrhiw-gwiail

Polly Morgan's cottage, or Penrhiw-gwiail to give it its proper name, is a well-known site above Pontymister. 'Up the Wooded path to Polly Morgans', the history of the cottage, was written by Rob Southall :-

Ty’n y Ffynnon House, Crosskeys

Ty’n y Ffynnon House is well-known farm property overlooking Crosskeys. Rob Southall has produced 'The House at the Wellspring, A History of Ty’n y Ffynnon House 1760 -2015' which records its history :-

Cwmbyr Uchaf, Risca

Sitting above the memorial to the Risca Blackvein miners, Cwmbyr Uchaf has a long and interesting history going back to 1750. This account of the history of 'Cwmbyr Uchaf - A lost farmstead on Mynydd Medart' has been produced by Rob Southall:-

Ty Shors, Bedwas

Ty Shors was a remote and little-known farmstead in the hills behind Bedwas. More research by Rob Southall has pieced together the history of 'The Fall of the House of Shors' :-

Pant y Cyfwry, Machen

Another little-known farmstead, this time on the ridge above Machen, Pant y Cyfwry overlooks Brynawel in the Sirhowy Valley. This is another of Rob Southall's histories, thione entitled 'Pant y Cyfwry - The House in the Saddle Hollow' :-

Just where was Archdeacon Coxe's Tramroad ?? - Bryan Morgan

There's a lot of discussion and debate on the exact location of the incline that Archdeacon Coxe recorded in 1797. Bryan Morgan has done much research on the subject and presents his own views on 'The Location of Edward Jones' 1799 Tramroad - A personal assessment based on contemporary correspondence' here :-

Brown Lenox of Pontypridd

Brown Lenox of Pontypridd were world-famous manufacturers of chains as well as many other industrial items. Our member, Robin Williams, has acquired a fascinating album of photographs taken in c1905 at their works and also the history of the company published in 1965. He has very kindly made them available for all to see.

Trade directories

Trade directories contain a wealth of information and here are a few from our archives covering Pontymister to Pontywaun
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