Cwmgors in the Parish of Llangiwg


"CWMGORSE is a hamlet 3½ miles north from Pontardawe. The church of St. Mary, erected here in 1886, will seat about 500 persons. There are a Calvinistic Methodist chapel, a Zion Baptist chapel, erected in I894, and a Congregational chapel, erected in 1913. Post, M. O. & Telephone Call Office.-Thomas Howells, sub-postmaster. Letters through Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, Glamorgan, which is the nearest telegraph office, three-quarters of a mile distant Public Elementary School (mixed & infants), erected 1912, for 208 boys & girls & 104 infants; Rees Evans, master; Miss Annie Morgan, mistress" [From  Kelly's South Wales Directory 1923  (ArchiveCDBooks)  - transcribed by Gareth Hicks].



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. Now also included here


Church History

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

See the Cwmgors/Waun site for a database of local chapels and churches   Now included here


Church Records

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

Nonconformist Registers Deposited at the West Glamorgan Record Office, Swansea
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref
Wesleyan - 1959-1968 - SN 70371137

Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Cwmgors in the Parish of Llangiwg which are provided by:





Cwmgors/Waun site        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 Gwauncaegurwen) A listing of names/dates from the register --- compiled by Gareth Hicks


Historical Geography

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



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

Memories, personal reminiscences of Cwmgors by Gordon Rees.    And now included here

Articles by Tommy Vaughan, Gwauncaegurwen©



Land & Property

The Manor of Caegurwen , a description, from "The History of Pontardawe and District " by John Henry Davies. Now also included here

Farms , a selection of census entries and historical snippets,  Now also included here



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN704108 (Lat/Lon: 51.780812, -3.880086), Cwmgors in the Parish of Llangiwg which are provided by:


Military History

He didn't come home   Rees Jones [1881-1918]. The story of a local WWI soldier. Now included here

Thomas Evans, Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Died on 15th August 1915 serving his country.  Now included here





Cwmgors Colliery and Abernant Colliery on the Welsh Coal Mines site

Abernant Colliery - on wikipedia

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 Heading

Views of the New Cwmgorse Colliery, Cwmgors nd - on the People's Collection Wales site

A typical mining life and death ?   'Dai Tirbach' (1910-1966). Now also included here