PORTH AND RHONDDA FACH


PORTH AND RHONDDA FACH

ALDO BACCHETTA & GLYN RUDD    Book Number: 88421    Product format: Paperback

Third in a series of photographic histories of the Rhondda, this revealing volume focuses on Porth and the Rhondda Fach from Ynishir to Maerdy. Chapel life is central to the culture of South Wales and the opening page features a handsome portrait photo of Rhys Bevan Jones, minister of the Porth Tabernacle. Industry comes next, with a magnificent general view of the collieries at Trehafod in 1900, including two pit wheels and numerous chimneys. Disasters are part of the public memory, and the 1856 explosion at Cymmer Colliery, when 114 men and boys were killed, was attributed to firedamp. The manager Jabez Thomas was acquitted of negligence on the dubious plea that he seldom went underground. The 1905 disaster at Wattstown killed 117 people and was caused by the forbidden use of gelignite. The town of Porth is shown gloriously decorated in 1912 for the visit of George V and Queen Mary, the first tram is seen leaving the depot in 1908, and in 1933 the tramway staff are enjoying an outing for poor children. In 1939 gas masks are distributed at Islwyn School, in 1940 the Porth Home Guard are ready for action, and 1941 sees a photo of motley-looking evacuees. Ynishir had a strong musical tradition, with a brass band pictured in 1964 when they won the National championship. Women's lives are celebrated with Band of Hope photos and celebrations such as street parties for the 1953 Coronation. 128pp, softback, black and white photos on every page.
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ISBN 9780752430119
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