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Kelly's Directory South Wales 1923

Brynamman, Cwmllynfell and Quarter Bach


This is an extract by Gareth Hicks (Sept 2007) from the CD of the same title with the kind permission of (Archive CD Books)

BRYNAMMAN is a village and an ecclesiastical parish, formed in 1889 from the civil parishes of Llandilo Rural and Quarter Bach in Carmarthenshire, and Llangiwg in Glamorgan ; it is on the Nantmelyn stream in the Amman valley, and has a junction station of the Great Western and London, Midland and Scottish railways ; 250 miles from London, 18 north-east from Swansea, 18 north-east from Llanelly and 14 south from Llandilo, in the Llanelly division of the county of Carmarthen and Neath division of Glamorgan, Pontardawe and Llandilo unions, Pontardawe, Llandilo and Llangadock petty sessional divisions and county court districts, rural deanery of Llandilo, archdeaconry of Carmarthen and diocese of St. David's.

The water supply is drawn from the mountains, and is under the control of the Llandilo-Fawr Rural District Council.

The church of St. Catherine, erected in 1881, at a cost of £1,731, is a building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisle, organ chamber and a belfry containing one bell: there are 300 sittings. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £350, in the gift of the Bishop of St. David's and the Board of Patronage, and held since 1920 by the Rev. John Walter Hughes BA. of St. David's College, Lampeter. There are Congregational, Baptist and Calvinistic Methodist chapels.

There are tinplate works, and these with collieries are the principal industries.

The population of the ecclesiastical parish in 1911 was 5,072.

Parish Clerk, Lewis George Hodson


CWMLLYNFELL, with a station on the London, Midland and Scottish railway, is a village in the ecclesiastical parish of Brynamman, and in the civil parishes of Llanguick and Llandilo.

The church of St. Margaret's, built in 1905, is an edifice of local stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, organ chamber, a porch and baptistery and a bell-gable with one bell: there are sittings for 250 persons. The Rev. John Williams L.Div. of St. David's College, Lampeter, has been curate in charge since 1921. There are Congregational, Calvinistic and Methodist and Baptist chapels.

Post, M. O., T. & T. E. D. Office, Upper Brynamman (letters should have Carmarthenshire added).- David William Lewis, postmaster. Letters through Llanelly

Post, M. O., T. & T. E. D. Office, Cwmllynfell. - Mrs. Cassie Morgan, sub-postmistress. Letters through Swansea

Railway Stations.

  • Brynamman, Great Western, David Jones, station master ; L. M. & S., F. Haynes, station master
  • Cwmllynfell, L. M. & S. Frank William Tomlins


QUARTER BACH has a station 12 miles south-east by road from Llandilofawr and the same distance north-west from Neath, and contains the village of Brynamman. It is in the Llanelly division of the county of Carmarthenshire and Llandilo-Fawr union.

Earl Cawdor is lord of the manor and principal landowner.

The soil is various ; subsoil, gravel and rock. The chief crops are wheat and roots. The area is 7,704 acres, of which 25 are water.

The population in 1911 was 2,716. The rateable area is 1,118 acres ; rateable value, £4,815.

Letters arrive from Brynamman, which is the nearest. post, money order & telegraph office

  • Public Elementary School, Brynamman (mixed), opened in 1896, for 600 mixed ; Jenkin Jones A.C.P. master; (infants) opened in 1920, for 250 infants, Miss M. S. Rees, mistress. Technical classes in mining & surveying are held in the schools in the evenings
  • Public Elementary School, Cwmllynfell, for 200 boys & girls & 164 infants ; John Price, master ; Miss J. Jones, infants' mistress
  • Public Elementary School, Cefnbrynbrain, for 120 mixed ; Richard J. Jones, master
  • Public Elementary School, Ystrad Owen, for 200 mixed; Lemuel Powell, master ; Miss K. Alexander, mistress


  • Davies Emrys, Bryncelyn, Cwm-garw road
  • Davies Mrs
  • Davies Thomas, Kanowna villa
  • Hargreaves Joseph, Brynamman ho
  • Hughes Rev. John Walter B.A.(vicar), The Vicarage
  • Jones Richard, Argoed
  • Lewis Rev. Vernon (Congregational)
  • Llewellyn Rev. Jn. (Congregational)
  • Owen John Lloyd M.D
  • Williams William J.,.J.P. Station rd


Early closing day, Thursday.

  • Amman Alpha Cinema Limited, Cwmgarw road
  • Amman Paint & Paper Co. wall paper manufacturers, Leicester buildings
  • Barclays Bank Limited (sub-branch)(open tues. & fri. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.); draw on head office, 54 Lombard street, London EC 3
  • Bartholomew George, shopkeeper
  • Beynon Thomas, grocer, Mountain rd
  • Blaen-cae-Gurwen Colliery Co. Ltd
  • Bowen David, Gwyn Arms P.H
  • Bowen Enoch, grocer, Station road
  • Britannic Assurance Co. Ltd. (Evan Maddern, district mgr.), Station rd
  • Brynamman Public Hall (Griffith Williams C.C. sec)
  • Brynamman Silica Co. (Hy. Roberts, manager)
  • Cwmnantmoel Colliery Co. colliery proprietors
  • Daniel Luther, hair dresser
  • Davies David Walter, ironmonger, Station road
  • Davies Jane (Miss), draper, Cwmgarw road
  • Davies Morgan (Mrs.),drpr.Station rd
  • Davies Rees, farmer, Nanty Brain
  • Davies Samuel, farmer, Bryn Brain
  • Edwards Morgan,shpkpr.Cwmgarw rd
  • Edwards Bees, fried fish dealer, Station road
  • Evans David, painter, Station road
  • Evans Thomas Morgan, builder, carpenter, undertaker, wheelwright &cabinet maker, Mountain road
  • Evans William, market gardener,Mountain road
  • Francis Alfred Jn. grocer, Station rd
  • George David, farmer, Sarnfan
  • Glynbeudy Tin Plate Co. Limited (J. Ernest Lewis, managing director)
  • Griffiths Thomas & Son,ironmongers, Mountain road
  • Harris John & Son, boot makers
  • Harris Morgan, shopkpr.Cwmgarw rd
  • Herbert Wm. & Son, drprs.Station rd
  • Holmes William Henry, butcher,Cwmgarw road
  • Howells Brothers, carpenters
  • Howells Thos. grocer, Mountain road
  • Hughes Ann (Mrs.),Black Mount P.H
  • Hughes Ernest Llewellyn, boot & shoe maker & repairer.Cwmgarw rd
  • India & China Tea Co. Limited, provision merchants
  • James John, farmer, Brynkedol
  • James John, farmer, Cwmgarw
  • Jenkins Owen, greengrocer, Station rd
  • John Thos. David, shopkpr,Station rd
  • Jones Brothers, motor engineers, The Garage
  • Jones David, dining room, Station ter
  • Jones David Robert, grocer, Cwmgarw road
  • Jones Griff J. billiard saloon, Station road
  • Jones Jenkin, boot repr. Station road
  • Jones John E. boot & shoe dealer, London house
  • Jones John Morgan, fried fish dealer, Station road
  • Jones Richard L,R.C.P., M.R.C.S. & L.S.A.Lond. physician & surgeon, & medical officer & public vaccinator Quarter Bach district, Llandilo Fawr union, Argoed
  • Jones Richd. Hy. Rose & Crown P.H
  • Jones Thomas, tailor, Cambria house, Station road
  • Jones Thomas John, greengrocer, Stafford house
  • Jones Trevor, hair dresser, Station rd
  • Jones Watkin, shopkpr. Station road
  • Jones William, farmer, Cwmclyd
  • Lewis David William & Son,stationers & booksellers
  • Lewis John, blacksmith, Llandilo rd
  • Lewis Richard, registrar for births & deaths for the sub-district of Quarter Bach, Post office
  • Llewellyn William, confr. Station rd
  • Lloyds Bank Limited (sub-branch),tues. & fri. 52.30 to 2 p.m.; draw on London head office, 71 Lombard street E C 3
  • Maddock Gwyn, draper, Station road
  • Morgan David,ho. furnisher,Bristol ho
  • Morris Ernest M. chemist, Station rd
  • Owen John Lloyd M.D.Edin. physicn
  • Owen William, grocer, Cwmgarw road
  • Pearl Life Assurance Co. Limited (Gronow Thomas, dist. manager), Llandilo road
  • Pratten Harry, boot repr. Station rd
  • Price Eynon, fried fish dealer, Station road
  • Pugh Lizzie (Miss), shopkeeper,Rhosamman
  • Rees, David Llewellyn, builder, contractor & undertaker
  • Rees Edwin drssr.Station rd
  • Rees Harold, ironmonger, Cwmgarw road. T N 6
  • Rees Llewellyn, draper, Cwmgarw rd
  • Rees Wm. shopkeeper, Cwmgarw rd
  • Rhosamman Colliery Co. Limited (Richard E. Rees, manager), Rhosamman. T N 14
  • Richards Bros. watch mas. Station rd
  • Roberts Henry, Bridgend P.H
  • Rogers Josiah, boot & shoe dealer, Station road
  • Rosser Jane (Mrs.), confectioner
  • Thomas Margt.(Mrs.) & Sons,butchrs
  • Thomas Goronwy, draper, Station rd
  • Thomas Jack, Tregeyb Arms P.H
  • Thomas John, carpenter, Llandilo rd  
  • Thomas John, grocer, hay & corn merchant & dealer in explosives for mines, Emporium
  • Thomas Thomas, draper, Manchester house, Cwmgarw road
  • Thomas William, farmer, Ddolgam  
  • Walters John, china & earthenware  dealer, Station road
  • Williams Arthur, confr. Station road
  • Williams Jn. coffee tavern, Station rd
  • Williams John, grocer, Bette mount
  • Williams John, shopkpr. Mountain rd
  • Williams Josiah, painter, Llandilo rd
  • Williams Mary Ann (Mrs.), Derlwyn Arms P.H
  • Williams Thomas, shopkeeper
  • Williams Trevor, butcher Cwmgarw road
  • Williams William, farmer, Llynmoch
  • Williams William John, builders' merchant, Station road



  • Pugh Lizzie Hannah (Miss), shopkpr


  • Evans David, Ystradowen
  • Griffiths John, Bryn hyfryd
  • Jones William, Cwm Nantmole
  • Morris William, Coedcaemawr
  • Thomas David, Nantgwyne
  • Williams Thomas, Tygwyn
  • Williams William, Bryn



  • Davies Rev. Thomas Ewrig B.A.,B.D. (Congregational)
  • Lindsay Alexander M.B. Edzell
  • Morgan David, Anwylfan
  • Owen John M.B
  • Williams Rev. John (curate in charge of St. Margaret's)


  • Barclays Bank Limited (open mon.10 a.m. to 12 noon) ; draw on head office, 54 Lombard A. London E C3
  • Bevan David, greengrocer
  • Beynon William, draper
  • Colliery Investment Trust Limited,  colliery proprietors
  • Cwmllynfell Co-operative Society Ltd
  • Davies David Timothy, draper & practical tailor, London house
  • Davies John W. confectioner
  • Davies Thomas J. hair dresser
  • Griffiths Thomas, grocer
  • James John David, grocer & provision dealer
  • Jenkins J. Llewellyn, ironmonger, house furnisher & sanitary engineer, Commerce house
  • Jones David, farmer, Blaennant
  • Jones Elias, clothier
  • Jones Griffith, shopkeeper
  • Jones Rhys, tailor, Lower Cwmllynfell
  • Jones William David, grocer & ironmonger & wall paper merchant &c.Brynaivel
  • Jones William Edward, shopkeeper
  • Jones Wm. M. boot & shoe maker
  • Lee David, butcher
  • Lindsay Alexander M.B., Ch.B.Glas. physician & surgeon, Edzell
  • Lloyds Bank Limited (sub-branch) (fri. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.); draw on head office, 71 Lombard street, London E C3
  • London Joint City & Midland Bank Limited (sub-branch) (open tues. 9.30 to 12 noon); draw on head office, 5 Threadneedle  street, London E C 2
  • Morgan Brothers, butchers
  • Morgan Thomas, blacksmith
  • Oliver Rees, shopkeeper
  • Onions William, confectioner
  • Owen John M.B. & C.M.Edin.surgeon
  • Phill & Co. ironmongers
  • Powell David Rees, shopkeeper
  • Powell David T. stationer
  • Rees Harry, butcher
  • Samuel Catharine (Mrs.), Mountain Hare P.H. ; accommodation for cyclists & commercial travellers
  • Thomas Rees W. motor & char-a-banc for hire; agent for all makes of tyres & accessories; Shell petrol supplied, Brynteg garage,Upper Cwmtwrch. T N 6X1
  • Thomas Rhys G. chemist
  • Thomas Thomas, greengrocer
  • Watkins Howell G. shopkeeper
  • Williams Mary (Mrs.), draper
  • Williams William J. shopkeeper
  • Williams William Thomas, grocer

[Last Updated : 21 Sept 2007- Gareth Hicks]