Ynysmeudw in the Parish of Llangiwg
Rees, Thomas & Thomas, John. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru. (History of the Welsh Independent Churches),volume 2, pages 181-82, 1872. Here is the ( Welsh) extract from this book relating to Ynysmudw, contributed by Darris G Williams - with translation by Eleri Rowland
The church is dedicated to St. Mary, is in the Benefice of Llangiwg (Pontardawe), and the diocese of Swansea and Brecon. Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be located at grid reference SN739058.
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"COLLIERY EXPLOSION. Three Swansea Valley Men Injured. An explosion which might have had fatal results took place at Tyraman Colliery, Ynysygeinon, near Ystalyfera, on Monday morning at about seven o'clock, whereby three men were more or less seriously burnt, two hailing from Ynysmeudw and the other from Ystalyfera. Dr. Thomas was immediately in attendance. The two Ynysmeudw men were able to walk home, but the Ystalyfera victim was conveyed to his home in a conveyance, so seriously was he burnt. The explosion originated from what is known in the anthracite coalfield as a "blower" of gas. "
"SUPPOSED ANTHRAX In regard to the three men taken to the Swansea Hospital from Ynysmeudw, supposed to be suffering from anthrax, Mr. William Watkins, butcher, is seriously ill, and the other two, Messrs. D. H. Jones and R. J. Rees, who are described as being comfortable, will probably have to undergo operations. "
"SACRED CONCERT. A sacred concert was held at Bethesda Chapel, Ynysmeudw on Sunday evening, under the presidency of the John Hopkin, Pencader. The concert was arranged by i Mr. R. H. Jones, in aid of the Ynysmeudw Sailors' and Soldiers' Fund. There was an excellent attendance, and the soloists were Messrs. Dd. Daniel, W. J. Morgan, Master Lewis, Denis Rowlands, Miss Ellen Moses and Miss May Davies (elocutionist). Master Aneurin Bodycombe was the accompanist."
"YNYSMEUDW COLLIER HAND SHATTERED BY DYNAMITE CHARGE. Rees Davies, a young collier, Pantycelyn, Ynysmeudw, met with rattier a bad accident on Monday. Whilst preparing a dynamite charge it exploded and shattered his hand. He was removed to Swansea Hospital. A later message states that Davies was drying a dynamite charge in front of a fire, but as it did not get dry fast enough he held it over the top of the fire, with the result that it exploded. Davies is 17 years of age,"
"NEW BUS SERVICE. SOUTH WALES TRANSPORT CO'S SCHEME. We understand that the South Wales Transport Co., Ltd., will tomorrow (Saturday) inaugurate a series of motor 'busses covering the district through Ynysforgan, Clydach, Pontardaw and so to Ynismedw. The first 'bus will leave the garage at Brunswick Yard at 8 a.m., arriving at Ynismedw at 8.30, after which the 'busses will run every three-quarters of an hour. On Sunday, the first 'bus will leave at 12.45, arriving at Ynysmeudw at 1.15, after which the series will continue about every seventy minutes. On Monday the first, 'bus will leave at 9 am, arriving at Ynusmedw at 9.30, the series continuing about every hour and a quarter. Full particulars will be published to-morrow. "
"Midnight at the "Lamb." Catherine Jones, landlady of the Lamb." Ynysmeudw," was called to Pontardawe Police Court on Friday, for having kept her house open after closing time on Christmas Eve. P.C. Hale, accompanied by P.C. Thomas, saw a light in the "Lamb" about midnight, and heard voices. They tried several, and found one door open. On the officers entering, three men ran from the kitchen to the back yard. One man was in the tap-room-William James. Penydarren Farm. The landlady, responding to a police enquiry, said her house had been closed since ten. but that seven men came in with a rush. and demanded to be served, and what could a woman do?—One of the men—John Jones—here spoke up and said. "No, now fair play !" Two pint measures and a smaller vessel, each containing beer, were on the table. P.C. Thomas corroborated. Mr. W. H. David, of Neath, defended, and Mr. Herbert Lloyd, in dismissing the case, because the landlady had stated it was against her will that the men were served, remarked that the police had done quite right in bringing it to court. ..... (part extraction"......"