Post Office Directory 1871


GLYN-NEATH, with Aberpergwm, Glyncorrwg, Blaenwrach, and Resolven.

Transcribed by Phil Mustoe

GLYN-NEATH is a large village and station of the Neath Vale Railway, about 9 miles north-east from Neath. in the county of Glamorgan; it is in the hamlet of Neath Higher and parish of Cadoxton-juxta-Neath. The extensive gun powder mills of Messrs. Curtis and Harvey and the Dinas fire brick works are at Pontneathvaughan, on the borders of the village, but in the county of Brecon. The neighbourhood is a famous resort for tourists, on account of the beauty of the surrounding scenery and thenumber of mountain streams, which, descending through deep ravines, make falls of considerable height and much beauty.

ABERPERGWM is an ecclesiastical district in the parish of Cadoxton. The church of St. Catwg is a neat stone building, with chancel, nave and porch. The living is a vicarage, annual value about #100, in the gift of Morgan Stewart Williams, esq., and held by the Rev. John George.

GLYNCORRWG is a parish on the opposite bank of the river Neath, in Neath union, county court district and hundred, rural deanery of Upper Gro Neath, and archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaff. The church (name unknown) is a small ancient stone building, in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, square tower, and porch. The living is a vicarage, in the gift of Major Lee, and held by the Rev. David Griffiths, M.A., of Jesus College, Oxford, who is also vicar of Resolven.

BLAENWRACH is a hamlet in Glyncorrwg parish. There is a small church here which is a chapel of ease to Glyncorrwg. The area of Glyncorrwg, including Blaenwrach, is 11,294 acres; gross estimated rental, #6,387; rateable value, #5,476; and the population in 1861 was 602.

RESOLVEN is a scattered hamlet and railway station, in the parish of Lantwit-juxta-Neath, about 6 miles north-east from Neath, in the Neath union, county court district and hundred, rural deanery of Upper Gro Neath, and Archdeaconry and diocese of Llandaff. The church (name unknown) is a neat brick building, in the Pointed Gothic style, containing nave, chancel, porch with belfry and 2 bells. The living is a vicarage, in the gift of the Marquis of Bute and held by the Rev. David Griffiths, M.A., of Jesus College, Oxford, who is also vicar of Glyncorrwg. There are several handsome residences in the neighbourhood, among which may be named Rheola, the seat of Mrs. Vaughan, and Ynislas, the residence of Miss Williams. The area is4, 560 acres; gross estimated rental, #4,268; rateable value, #3,864; and the population in 1861 was 762.

POST & MONEY ORDER OFFICE, & Post Office Savings Bank & Government Annuity & Insurance & Telegraph Office, Glyn-Neath, John Thomas, postmaster. Letters from Neath arrive at 9.15 a.m.; dispatched at 4.0 p. m.

POST OFFICE, Resolven. - Thomas Morgan Jones, sub-post-master. Letters from Neath arrive at 8.30 a.m.; dispatched at 5 p.m. Neath is the nearest money order office.

PILLAR LETTER BOX, Pontneathvaughan, cleared at 1 p. m.
INSURANCE AGENT. - Queen, R. Evans


Rate Collector & Relieving Officer & Registrar of Births & Deaths, William Davies, Criga
Rate Collector, Richard Bowen, Ynysywllor (Ynysyrallor ?), Blaenwrach


Churches :-
St. Catwg, Aberpergwm,   Rev. John George, vicar
Glyncorrwg Church,
Blaenwrach Church,
Resolven Church,
} Rev. David Griffiths, M.A., vicar
Rev. John Lewis, curate
Chapels :-
Baptist, Glyn-Neath, Rev. Thomas Evan James, minister
Baptist (Welsh), Resolven, Rev. David Davies, minister
Independent, Pontneathvaughan, Rev. Rees Morgan
Independent, Resolven, ministers various
Methodist, Pontneathvaughan, ministers various
Methodist, Glyn-Neath, ministers various
Methodist (Welsh), Resolven, ministers various
Wesleyan, Resolven, ministers various

Neath Higher National School, Pontneathvaughan, William Saunders, master

Railway Stations :-

Glyn-Neath, William Harris George, station master
Resolven, John Harris, station master



Davies Philip, Criga
Forbes William, Resolven
Frederick John William, Pontneathvaughan
George Rev. John [vicar], Aberpergwm
Griffiths Rev. David, M.A. [vicar of Glyncorrwg], Resolven
James Rev. Thomas Evan [Baptist]
Jenkins David, Pentwyn, Resolven
Jones William, Abernant
Lewis Rev. John [curate], Blaenwrach
Morgan Rev. Rees [Independent], Pontneathvaughan
Moses -, Ton, Resolven
Penrose Mrs. Clyn-y-bont
Shepherd Osborne, Brynhowell
Sims John, Resolven
Vaughan Mrs. Rheola
Williams Miss, Ynislas
Williams Morgan Stewart, Aberpergwm
Williams Wm. Jas., Pontneathvaughan



Alexander William, Joiners' Arms, Abernant
Bedford George, jun. fire brick & clay works, Resolven
Curtis's & Harvey's (William James Williams, man), gunpowder manufrs
Davies David, shopkeeper
Davies Hopkin, New Inn, Resolven
Davies Thomas, boot & shoe maker, Resolven
Davies Wm., grocer &draper, Abernant
Edwards Thomas, Oddfellows' Arms, Abernant
Evan Thomas, beer retailer, Coomgwrach, Resolven
Evans John & Benjamin, flour factors, Melincourt, Resolven
Evans Edward Vaughan, beer retailer
Evans Thomas, farmer, Aberclydach, Resolven
Forbes William, civil engineer, Resolven
Fredericks & Jenner, fire brick makers, Pontneathvaughan
George Wm., colliery owner, Venallat, Resolven
Glencorrwg Colliery Company Limited, Glencorrwg; chief office, Charles street, Briton Ferry
Glyn Neath Steam Coal Company (Howel Jones, manager), Pandy collieries, Blaenwrach
Griffiths John, grocer
Herbert James, builder, Resolven
Howell Rees, farmer, Ffaldre, Resolven
Hutchinson Robert, saddler, Abernant
Jenkins & Lovelock, colliery proprietors, Glencorrwg; & at Aberavon
Jones John, farmer, Glyn castle, Resolven
Jones Mary (Mrs.), farmer, Llwyncoedwr, Resolven
Jones Rees, grocer
Jones Thomas Morgan, grocer, & post office, Resolven
Jones Wm., farmer, Tynycum, Resolven
Jones William, surgeon, Abernant
Llewellyn Ann (Mrs.), woollen manufacturer
Morgan John, beer retailer, Abernant
Morgan Llewellyn, Star Inn, Coomgwrach, Resolven
Morgan Mary (Mrs.), beer retailer, Pontneathvaughan
Morgan Thomas, Lamb & Flag
Morgan William, farmer, Hendreownfawr, Resolven
Morris William, Rock hotel
Newman & Edmunds, fire brick makers
Parry David, boot & shoe maker
Parry Thomas, grocer
Penrose & Starbuck, colliery proprietors, Maes Marchog; chief office, Briton Ferry
Rees Evan, grocer, Resolven
Rees John, farmer, Heothir, Resolven
Rees Llewellyn, farmer, Blannantyrabog
Rees Thomas, mineral agent, Resolven
Rowland David, tailor, Abernant
Sims Margaret (Mrs.), Vaughan Arms, Resolven
Thomas Elizabeth (Mrs.), Angel, Pontneathvaughan
Thomas Thos., beer retlr., Mount, Resolven
Tucker Mark, White Horse, Pontneathvaughan
Vaughan David, butcher, Abernant
Watkins Catherine (Mrs.), beer retailer
Williams Morgan Stewart, colliery proprietor, Aberpergwm
Woodward John, farmr, Daehir, Resolven

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