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History of Coal Mining in the Amman Valley

By Ifor Davies, published by the  author 2001
(I understand the author died in 2003 and the book is out of print)

The book is bi-lingual.

This is a listing by Gareth Hicks of the Contents page and Photographs

 

Contents

  • History of Coal Mining in the Amman Valley
  • Nicknames
  • Old Ammanford
  • Collieries of the Amman Valley
  • Death of the Coal Industry
  • Memoirs of Mining Days
  • Coal Miners and Bevin Boys
  • Notes on Anthracite Strike and Disturbances [ By Hywel Francis, UCS]
  • Trial of Ammanford Miners [including list of names 35 names]
  • Essay written by John Davies, MBE
  • Gelliceidrim Colliery Heroes
  • Abernant Colliery
  • Steer Pit, Gwauncaegurwen
  • Ammanford Colliery
  • Pantyfynnon Colliery
  • Saron Colliery
  • Poem by Brian William Rees called Welsh Coal

 

Photographs, with page numbers

  • Diagram of proposed layout of surface plant for Buckland Colliery, Cwmgors, 6
  • Poster re Foundation Stone Laying at Buckland Pit in 1927 [abandoned], 7
  • Preparation for sinking of Buckland Pit, Cwmgors [600 yds deep], 7
  • List of shareholders in the Carmarthenshire Anthracite Coal and Iron Company Ltd, 1874, 8
  • Bevin Boy having a sandwich and tea, 25
  • The Glamorgan Police billeted at the Brewery, Cwmgors, 29
  • Saron Colliery, 34
  • Emlyn Colliery, 34
  • Cross Hands Colliery, 35
  • Pantyfynnon tips, 35
  • Pantyfynnon Drift, 36
  • Ammanford, Quay St, c 1905, 36
  • Pantyfynnon loco, 37
  • Pantyfynnon manager, Mr W Thomas with shareholders, 1927, 37
  • Pantyfynnon engine house, 38
  • Pantyfynnon Spake, 38
  • Pantyfynnon aerial view, 39
  • Entrance to Drift [Pantyfynnon ?], 39
  • Gelliceidrim/Glanamman, 40 *2
  • Gelliceidrim Colliery Heroes , 1929, 41
    • Steph Jones, David Bevan, David Williams, William Lloyd, Gwyn Morgan, S S Cowley[Manager], David Llewelyn, Vincent Thomas
  • Abernant Colliery, Rhydyfro, 42
  • Abernant Collier, Trepanner Power Loader, 42
  • Field Marshall Montgomery's visit to Steer Pit, GCG in 1947, 44
  • Steer Pit, 1952, 45
  • Ammanford Colliery, journey of trams, 1975, 46
  • Drift mine just south of Ammanford, handcutting and filling in at Stanllyd Seam, c 1960s, 47
  • Saron Colliery, Ammanford, ceremonial sod cutting, 48
  • Raven Colliery, Jolly Rd, Garnant, 49
  • Pwllywrach Viaduct, GCG,  rail motor car crossing, 49
  • Tairgwaith, SW Miner's Fed Hall, 50
  • GCG, Welfare Hall, 50
  • Cwmllynfell Welfare Hall, 51
  • GCG, Viaduct from Graig Rd, 51
  • Graig Rd, GCG & Cawdor Colliery screens etc, 52
  • GCG, Band gets final instructions, 1924, 52
  • Steer Pit, pit head, 53
  • Steer Pit, cage, 53
  • Steer Pit, tipplers, 54
  • East Pit, electric winder, 55
  • Steer Pit, GCG, 55
  • Maerdy Pit, GCG, 56
  • East Pit, GCG, 56
  • Tirydail Colliery, 57
  • Tirydail Rescue team, 1920s, 57
  • East Pit, sinkers, 58
  • Ammanford Colliery No 2, 58, 59
  • Ammanford Colliery, checking air way, 59
  • Ammanford Colliery No 2, coal loaded into tubs, 60
  • Wernos Colliery, 60
  • Wernos, the Plough cutting coal, 61
  • Wernos, shotfirer, 61
  • Borers and conveyor[Wernos?], 62
  • Cwmgelli Colliery, Spake, 63
  • Wernos, deputy on phone, 63
  • Wernos, gate end, 64
  • Wernos, borer, 64
  • South Wales Miner's Federation badge, 64
  • GCG Colliery, Schedule of Prices, 65
  • Rt Hon James Griffiths, 65
  • Poster re Rowntrees Gums when non smoking rule , 65
  • Recruitment poster, 65
  • Plaque re visit by HRH Prince of Wales at betws Mine inaugeration, 1978, 66
  • Prince Charles with Don Roberts[Area Manager] at Betws Mine, 66, 67
  • Betws Mine, upper east drivage, 67
  • Betws Mine, drivage team, 68
  • Betws Mine, entrance, 68
  • Lord James Callaghan, with Phil Weeks, at Betws Mine, 69
  • Betws New Mine, erecting first arch, 69
  • Betws New Mine, 70
  • Save Betws Protest March, 1992, 70
  • Abernant Colliery, 71, 72
  • Redundant miner's lamp, 72 & outside cover
  • Bwlch a private mine, 94
  • Small Mine on Betws Mountain, 94
  • Bwlch, small private mine, 95*2, 96*2
  • Pwll Perkins, Garnant, 97
  • Memorial notice to the 7 miners who lost their lives at Rhosaman/Brynamman in 1924, 97
    • TT Jones, Rhosaman; Ioan Jones, Rhosaman; Glyn Thomas, Rhosaman ; James T Davies, Cwm Rhondda ; W H Davies, Rhosaman ; Geo Hughes, Abaty Castell Nedd ; W T Jones, Penygraig View, Rhosaman.
  • Bwlch, face worker at work , 98
  • Bodist, face worker, 98
  • Gwaith Bach, Bodist/Betws Mountain, face worker, 99
  • Llether Lan, two workers at a conveyor belt ?, 99
  • Bodist, face worker, 100
  • Cwmgors Works, 100
  • Brick Works, Cwmgors, 101
  • Bodist Gwaith Bach, Betws Mountain, 101
  • Morlais Mine/Llangennech, a war time aerial view, 102
  • Morlais Mine/Llangennech, 102
  • Protest Committee at Cross Inn, including Mabon, 1905, 103
  • Pencae/Llandybie Colliery, 103