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Gwauncaegurwen in the Parish of Llangiwg

"GWAUN-CAE-GURWEN is a hamlet, 4 miles north from Pontardawe. There is a Carmel Congregational chapel, founded in 1762, which has 850 sittings, and also the Hermon Congregational chapel [In Brynamman?], erected in 1909, which has 400 sittings, and a Calvinistic Methodist chapel, erected 1907, which has over 800 sittings. Post, M. O., T. & T. E. D. Office (letters should have Glamorgan added).-Jenkin Mark, sub-postmaster . County Police, John Shellum, sergeant, & 4 constables.  Public Elementary School, erected in 1867, & enlarged in 1894, for 297 boys & girls & 197 infants; John Hugh, master; Miss M. Williams, infants' mistress. Railway Station, Gwaun-cae-Gurwen, Thomas Sandbrook, station master" [From  Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks)  - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]

"LOWER BRYNAMMAN is a hamlet 6 miles north from Pontardawe, and adjoins Brynamman. There are Baptist and Congregational chapels here. Post, M. O., T. & Telephone Call Office-Miss Sarah Louisa Price, sub-postmistress. Letters through Upper Brynamman, Carmarthenshire . County Police, Robert Jones, constable.  Public Elementary School (mixed), erected 1896 & enlarged in 1909, for 310 boys & girls & 150 infants; Griffith Morgan, master; Mrs. M. Jenkins, mistress." [From  Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks)  - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]

"TAIRGWAITH, is a hamlet 1 mile east of Gwaun-cae-Gurwen station and 5 miles north from Pontardawe. The church of St. David here was erected in 1913 and a Baptist chapel in 1918. The Federation hall is situated here. Post & Telephone Call Office.-Philip John Rees, subpostmaster. Letters through, Gwaun-cae-Gurwen, Glamorgan, which is the nearest money order & telegraph office, 1 mile distant . Public Elementary School (mixed & infants), opened in 1907, for 16o boys & girls & a temporary building for 80 infants; David Morgan, master."  [From  Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks)  - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]



References to Gwaun-cae-gurwen at



Hen Garmel Graveyard, Gwauncaegurwen - a transcription by Gareth Hicks of information on the headstones of part of Old Carmel graveyard, taken from a copy document deposited at West Glamorgan Archive Service


Church History

See under Chapels and Churches on the Cwmgors/Waun site

Huws, L C Rev. Annibynwyr Gwauncaegurwen, 1942 has been translated and indexed by Gareth Hicks and provides history on the Carmel Independent Chapel in Gwauncaegurwen, and Tabernacl Independent Chapel in Cwmgors


Church Records

For full and up-to-date details of their holdings see the sites of Glamorgan Record Office and/or West Glamorgan Archives

Gwauncaegurwen, Chapel of ease to Llangiwg

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1936-1976 1892-1970 - - -


Non Conformist Registers Deposited at the Public Record Office, London
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Hen Gapel, Congregational 1822-1837 - - SN 71011134

Description and Travel

Gwauncaegurwen - on Wikipedia

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Cwmgors and Gwaun-cae-gurwen.    A collection of links and genealogical material relating to the district surrounding these adjoining villages in the parish of Llangiwg

Central Midwives Board , Register of Cases 1906-1927  Midwife ; Margaret Davies, Coffee Tavern, 34 Gors Street, Cwmgors (some Gwaun-cae-gurwen) A listing of names/dates from the register --- compiled by Gareth Hicks


Historical Geography

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Evans, Jonah. Hen Gymeriadau Cwmgors a'r Waun o'r flwyddyn 1840   [Old Characters of Cwmgors and Gwauncaegurwen from the year 1840], 1907. Index and translation by Jenni Hyatt



See under Coal Mining and Farms on the Cwmgors/Waun site

Steer Pit, East Pit & Maerdy Pit, Gwaun-cae-gurwen  on the Welsh Coal Mines site

Davies, Ifor. History of Coal Mining in the Amman Valley . Bi-lingual. Published by the author, 2001. A list of chapter headings and photographs by Gareth Hicks.

Evans, William John. Pit Memories [Up and Under].1989. Indexes by Gareth Hicks. Index of Photographs - Index of Chapter Headings

Reynolds, Paul R.  The 1838 Gwaun-cae-Gurwen railway : an abandoned  feeder to the Swansea canal.  Journal of the Railway & Canal Historical Society, 32:7 (1998), 500-505. Publisher: Railway and Canal Historical Society. ISSN 00338834.  Full article with content regarding coalmining



Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Gwauncaegurwen School Log Books           "Gwaun Cae Gurwen Primary School was established as a British School in 1867." 
    "Log books of Gwaun Cae Gurwen Primary School, 1867-1936."