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Abercynon in the Parish of Llanwonno

"Abercynon, formerly called "Navigation," is an ecclesiastical parish formed in 1908 from Llanwonno and Pontypridd civil parishes; it is 3 miles north-by- east from Pontypridd, and has a station on the Pontypridd and Aberdare section of the Great Western railway. The Aberdare and Glamorganshire canals form a junction here, where there is a quay. ... " See also under Directories below [Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks) - transcribed by Gareth Hicks]

Archives and Libraries

Ynysmeurig Road
Abercynon
CF45 4SU

Church History

See under Directories below

Church Records

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

The town of Abercynon contains two Anglican churches :-

Non Conformist Registers Deposited
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref Deposited
Calfaria, Baptist - 1955-1982 - ST 08429506 GRO
Moriah, Baptist - 1961-1987 - ST 08069509 GRO
Carmel, Wesleyan 1925-1968 - - ST 07999483 NLW
Carmel, Wesleyan 1966-1968 - - ST 07999483 WGRO

GRO - Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
NLW - National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
WGRO - West Glamorgan Record Office, Swansea

Description and Travel

Abercynon on the Aberdare online site

Abercynon - on Wikipedia

Abercynon - on the Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries Heritage Trail site

You can see pictures of Abercynon which are provided by:

Directories

Transcript of name listing for Pontypridd, and district, from Commercial and Trade Directories, for the years:-

1880 (Slaters Directory)

Extract From Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks)  - transcribed by Gareth Hicks

"Abercynon, formerly called "Navigation," is an ecclesiastical parish formed in 1908 from Llanwonno and Pontypridd civil parishes; it is 3 miles north-by- east from Pontypridd, and has a station on the Pontypridd and Aberdare section of the Great Western railway. The Aberdare and Glamorganshire canals form a junction here, where there is a quay. Abercynon is governed by the Mountain Ash Urban District Council, of which it forms a ward, and is in the Pontypridd division of Glamorganshire, Higher Miskin petty sessional division, Pontypridd union and county court district, rural deanery of Rhondda and archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaff. The church of St. Donat, erected in 1898 at a cost of £3,800, is a building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave with gallery, and one aisle, and will seat 500 persons. The register dates from the year 1908. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £197, in the gift of the Bishop of Llandaff and the Board of Patronage. and held since 1923 by the Rev. Daniel Morgan L.Div. of St. David’s College, Lampeter.  Calfaria Baptist chapel, erected in 1888, will seat 850.  Moriah Baptist chapel, erected in 1904, has 400 sittings. The Welsh Baptist chapel, erected in 1906, has 350 sittings, and there is also a Welsh Methodist chapel, which was erected in 1904. Bethania Congregational chapel, erected in 1894, will seat 900. Mount Zion Congregational chapel, erected in 1903, has 250 sittings; there are also two Wesleyan chapels. The Workmen’s Hall and Institute, opened in 1905, contains a reading room and lending library, besides a, large hall and other rooms. A clock tower was erected in 1922 by public subscription as a memorial to the men connected with Abercynon who fell in the Great War, 1914-18. The population of the ecclesiastical parish in 1911 was 8,181."

Genealogy

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

  • George Ewart Evans Papers        "George Ewart Evans was born in 1909, in the mining town of Abercynon, South Wales, the son of a grocer, William Evans, and his second wife, Janet. He attended Mountain Ash County School from 1921 to 1927, and University College, Cardiff, between 1927 and 1931, obtaining an honours degree in Classics and a teaching certificate.............................."

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Abercynon has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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Occupations

The Welsh Coal Mines site

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

  • Abercynon Lodge [SWMF]        "Minute books 1939-1965; Correspondence 1938-40; Price lists 1918 & 1929; Handbills and circulars 1939-1944; Ministry of Labour certificate 1940"
    and "Minute books 1934-1958; Financial records 1919-1943; Correspondence 1919-1947; Agreements 1916-1931; Price Lists 1918-1923; Conciliation and compensation papers 1906-1947; Circulars and publications 1921-1947"
    and "Minute Books, 1965-1985"

Schools

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

  • Abercynon Higher Standard/Central secondary school records          "..... comprising log books, 1911-1945"
    "... Built in 1875 and enlarged in 1896. It was controlled by Mountain Ash Urban District Council Eductaion Committee. Abercynon Higher Standard/Central secondary school became the lower school of Mountain Ash Comprehensive school in September 1988 and the pupils were transferred to the lower school site at Brynlogwg, Miskin, at Mountain Ash"

Extract from Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923 - transcribed by Gareth Hicks

  • SCHOOLS
  • Abercynon, built in 1875, & enlarged in 1890, for 305 boys, 360 girls and 320 infants; D. Cynon Evans master; Miss Maria Jones, mistress: Miss Fisher infants’ mistress
  • Abertaf Infant, opened 1904, built for 250, Miss M S Jones, mistress
  • Abertaf (mixed), built in 1906 & enlarged in 1914 for 350 children; David Evans, master .
  • Carnetown, built in 1904 to accommodate 250; Miss Esther Davies, mistress
  • Carnetown (mixed), built in I909 for 300,  T. R. Wigley, master

Social life and Customs

  • Abercynon Welfare Bowling Club
    1924-31: minutes
    [University of Swansea Library - Reference: SWCC]

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

  • H W Currie papers      "Minutes of Abercynon Welfare Bowling Club May-July 1924; minutes of Left Book Club, Abercynon branch August-October 1938; Ynysybwl Co-operative Society material 1935-1950; membership and contribution cards (British Legion; Abercynon Lodge; St. John's Ambulance Service; Abercynon Welfare Hall and Institute; Abercynon Unemployed Association; Abercynon and District Nursing Association) 1936-1948; press cuttings books including rough notes 1927-1944; personal diary 1938; .............................................."