Kelly's Directory South Wales 1910



This is an extract by Gareth Hicks (Dec 2004) from the CD of the same title with the kind permission of Archive CD Books

YSTALYFERA is an ecclesiastical parish and populous village in the civil parish of Llanguicke, with a station on the Midland, Neath and Brecon railway, in the western division of the county of Glamorgan, Pontardawe petty sessional division and union and in the rural deanery of East Gower, archdeaconry of Carmarthen and diocese of St. David's, 12 miles north-east from Swansea.

The church of St. David, erected in 1890, at a cost of £2,270, is a building of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, transept, north porch and a circular eastern tower containing one bell: the services are in English. The register dates from the year 1890. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £140, with residence in the gift of the Bishop of St. David's, and held since 1903 by the Rev. William James Davies M.A of Trinity College, Cambridge.

The church of the Holy Trinity, at GODRE'RGRAIG, a chapel of ease to the parish church, is an edifice of stone: the services are in Welsh: the Rev. Samuel Evans B.A. of St. David's College, Lampeter, has been curate since 1909.

Daren-gwynddon, the Rock of Signs, or Weather Rock, Daren-y-Castell, and the Fairy Rocks, with the Weeping Well, are also in this district. Cwm Twrch Well is a mineral spring.

Fleming Richard Dansey Aubrey Gough esq. D.L., J.P. of Ynyscedwyn House, Ystradgynlais, is the chief land owner.

The population, area and rateable value are included in Llanguicke.

For names of residents in Gurnos (part of) and Cwmtwrch, see under Ystradgynlais parish.

Post, M. O., T. & Telephonic E. D. Office, Ystalyfera (letters should have Glamorganshire added) - Mrs. Hannah Jones, sub-postmistress. Letters arrive at 7 a.m. & 12.30 & 5 p.m. (delivered over counter); dispatched at 12.15 & 7.20 p.m. (& north) 4.30 p.m.; letters are delivered to callers on sundays 8 to 10 a.m

Post & M. O. Office, Godre'rgraig (letters should have Glamorganshire added). - William John Richards, sub-postmaster. Letters delivered 7 a.m. ; sundays (over counter) 8 to 10 a.m. ; cleared 6.25 p.m. sundays & week days. The nearest telegraph office is at Ystalyfera, 1 mile distant

Post & M. O. Office, Gurnos.- William Thomas, sub-postmaster. Letters received through Ystalyfera, Glam. & Lower Cwmtwrch, Glam. arrive at 7.25 a.m. & 12.30 & 5 p.m. week days only; dispatched, 11.30 a.m. & 5.10 & 7 p.m.; sundays, 4.10 p.m. The nearest telegraph office is at YstaIyfera, one mile distant

Wall Letter Boxes, Railway station, cleared 11.45 m. & 4.55 & 6.15 p.m. ; Wern, 11.50 a.m. & 4.50 & 6.20 p.m.; Craig, 9 a.m. & 2.45 & 6.5 p.m

Police Station, erected 1872, Sergeant Thomas Brown & 2 constables


Certifying Factory Surgeon, Medical Officer & Public Vaccinator, Eastern District, Pontardawe Union, & Medical Officer of Health to Pontardawe & Ystradgynlais Rural District Councils, William James Lewis L.R.C. P, & S.Edin. Tyrwaun

PLACES OF WORSHIP, with times of Services.

St. David's, Rev. William James Davies M.A. vicar; Rev. Edward Lee Hamer B.A. curate; 8.30 & 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; thurs. 7.30 p.m

Holy Trinity, Godre'rgraig, Rev. Samuel Evans BA. Welsh curate; 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.; tues. 7.30 p.m

Baptist (Soar), Wern, erected 1858, Rev. William Jones; 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m. ; mon. & thurs. 7.15 p.m

Baptist (Caersalem), Graig, Rev. Evan D. Lewis; 10.30 am. & 6 p.m

Congregational (English), erected 1869, Rev. Richard George James; 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; tues. 7 p.m

Congregational (Gurnos), erected 1864; Rev. John Thomas; 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m

Congregational (Welsh), Pantteg, erected 1822 & rebuilt 1898, Rev. Ben Davies; 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m

Congregational (Welsh), Wern, erected 1866, Rev. John Davies; 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m. ; thurs. 7 p.m

Congregational (Welsh), Godre'rgraig (Annibynol), erected 1909; 10.30 am. & 6 p.m.; thurs. 7 p.m

Calvinistic Methodist (Jerusalem), built in 1857; rebuilt 1881; Rev. John Ivor Jenkins; 10.30 a.m. & 6 p.m.; tues. & thurs. 7.15 p.m

Wesleyan (Sion), erected 1862 (Swansea Welsh circuit); Rev. David Corris Davies; 10 a.m. & 6 p.m.; tues. & thurs. 7 p.m


Intermediate School, Ystalyfera, established under the "Welsh Education Act, 1889." for 180 boys & girls; average attendance, 176; erected in 1895, at a cost of over £3,000, from the plans of Messrs. Buckley, Wilson & Moxham, of Swansea, & chemical laboratory & additional accommodation added in 1903; Arthur Blount Sully M.A.Hnrs. Oxon., B.A.Lond. head master; Miss E. M. Webb B.A. chief assistant mistress; Miss Winifred Lewis, Miss A. A. Thomson & Miss D. Lewis, junior mistresses; John Morgan B.Sc.Lond. Charles M. Barnes B.Sc.Lond. Griffith Jones B.Sc.Wales, Owen G. Jones B.A.Wales, Henry Wade Evans & Benjamin T. Jones B.A.Wales, assistant masters

Public Elementary Schools.

Wern, rebuilt 1905, for 270 boys, 270 girls & 300 infants; average attendance, 200 boys, 230 girls & 245 infants; James Williams, master; Miss Alice Williams, mistress; Miss N. Cousins, infants' mistress

Pantteg, erected in 1877, & enlarged in 1888, for 187 boys & girls; average attendance, 235; Thomas Mark James, master; 158 infants; average attendance, 191; Miss Rachel Lewis, mistress

Godre'rgraig, rebuilt 1908, for 320 boys, girls & infants (mixed); average attendance 212; Arthur Iva Davies, master; Mrs. Margaret Thomas, mistress

Midland, Neath  Brecon Railway Station, Evan Thomas Evans, station master

Private Residents

Beynon John, Tynywern

Blakeway William Henry, Fairholme, St. David's road

Curry Thomas Walton, Maescoed

Davies Rev. Ben. (Welsh Congregational), Pantteg

Davies Rev. David Corris (Welsh Wesleyan)

Davies Rev. John (Welsh Congregational). Wern

Davies Rev. William. James M.A.(vicar), St. David's vicarage

Davies David William, Ty Gwyn

Evans Rev. Samuel B.A. (Welsh curate Holy Trinity), Ivy cot. Pantteg

Evans David L. Moses, Victoria cottage, St. David's road

Evans Thomas Wade, Bryncelyn

Evans William, Brynegogen

Griffiths John, Fountain hall

Hamer Rev. Edwd. Lee B.A. (curate), Maesydderwen, Godre'rgraig

James Rev.Richd.Geo. (Congregationl)

Jenkins Rev. John Ivor (Calvinistic Methodist), The Manse

Jones Rev. William (Baptist)

Lewis David, Danygraig

Lewis Rev. Evan D. (Baptist), Allty-grug road

Lewis Mrs. M. Tanyrallt

Lewis William James, Tyrwaun

Lloyd David, Bryn-tawe

Lloyd Taliesin, Bryntirion

Morgan Mrs. Osborne villas

Nelson Charles MB. Tyrwaun

Rees John, Brynhaulog

Sully Arth, Blount M.A.Clyngwyn rd

Thomas Rev. John (Congregational), Penywern

Thomas Evan, Brynderwen

Williams David, 5 Wesley terrace

Williams Edwin David, The Poplars

Williams Thomas J, Osborne villas

Williams William, The Woodlands

Woodliffe William, Ardwyn


Arnold Timothy C., irnmngr.& boot fctr

Baker Sam, news agent

Beresford Joseph, draper

Bevan Joseph, shopkeeper, Graig

Blaen Cwm Colliery Co. Ltd. (Thos. Walton Curry, manager); offices, Maescoed

Blunt Alfred, cab proprietor. Gurnos

Bowen David, butcher, Wern

Bowen Mary (Mrs.), provision dealer

Cambrian Mercantile Syndicate Ltd , colliery props (E .J, Smith, mgr)

Capital & Counties Bank Ltd. (sub-branch) (Griffith Griffiths, agent), open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; sat 9.30? to 12 ; draw on head office 39 Threadneedle street, London  E C

Channing Walter, saddler & harness maker, Wern

Chappell Alfd, boot and shoe ma. Wern

Clatworthy Thomas, Ystalyfera hotel

Clatworthy Thomas L, cycle agent & jeweller

Clee David, stone quarries

Collins Henry, shopkeeper, Pwllbach

Daniels John, market gardener, Ynysdarren house

Davies Daniel, jeweller

Davies David, grocer, St David's rd

Davies David William, agent Pwllbach Colliery Co, Tygwyn

Davies Gwillyn, tailor, Swan lane

Davies Jn Griffith, stationer & printr

Davies John, shopkeeper, Wern

Davies Joseph, grocer

Davies Mary (Mrs), The Bush PH, Pantteg

Davies Mary (Mrs), beer ret, Pantteg

Davies Morgan, bill poster & town crier

Davies Thos Prosser, shopkpr, Pantteg

Day John Hy, butcher, Godre'rgraig

Eastmans Limited, butchers

Edwards William, shopkpr, Pantteg

Evans Charles, sign writer, Pantteg

Evans Daniel, butcher, Alltygrug road

Evans David, butcher, Lucknow place

Evans David, grocer, Alma house

Evans David L Moses, solicitor & clerk to the Ystradgynlais Urban District Council

Evans Evan, grocer, Godre'rgraig

Evans Jn, saddlr & harness ma., Gurnos

Evans Lewis, hair dresser, Godre'rgraig

Evans Thos Alex, butcher, Pantteg

Evans William, shopkeeper, Wern

Gape William D, greengrocer, Wern

Gower Thomas, refreshment rooms

Gregory Edgar, hair drssr & tobccnst

Griffiths Ada (Miss), aerated water manufacturer

Griffiths John, butcher, Godre'rgraig

Griffiths William, butcher, Wern

Hopkin David, haulier, Pantteg

Hughes Evan, milk dlr, Alltgrug rd

Hughes Wm, house furnisher, Wern

Hunt John, boot maker & repairer

Hutchinson Wm Oliver, saddlr, Wern

Intermediate & Technical School (Arthur Blount Sully MA head master; Miss E M Webb BA chief assistant mistress)

Jackett Wm James, carriage builder, Darran road

James James, shopkeeper, Wern

Jeffrey William Owen, china dealer

Jenkins David, collector to the guardian & relieving officers, Pontardawe union, Milborough road

John Edward, draper, Wern

Jonathan William, tailor & agent for British & Foreign Bible Society, Gordon House, Pantteg

Jones Bros, builders, St David's road

Jones, Frederick, painter

Jones James, beer retailer

Jones John, butcher, Wern

Jones John, shpkpr & coffee house

Jones John, Ystalyfera Arms PH

Jones Mary (Mrs), shopkeeper

Jones Michael, china shop, Darran ter

Jones Rachel (Miss), butcher, Gurnos

Jones Sarah (Mrs), shopkeeper

Jones Spencer, outfitter

Jones Thomas, shopkeeper

Jones Thos Dvd, Old Swan PH, Gurnos

Jones Thomas Owen, printer

Jones William, haulier, Brynseion ho

Keen Frederick, tailor, Wern

Lewis Hy (Mrs), shpkpr, Godre'rgraig

Lewis Magdalen (Mrs), colliery owner, Tangrallt

Lewis Mary Ann (Mrs), grocer, Alltygrug road

Lewis Morgan, shopkeeper, Pantteg

Lewis Thomas P, cycle agent

Lewis William James LRCP, LRCS Edin physician & surgeon medical officer to Pontardawe & to Ystradgynlais Rural District Councils, medical officer of health & public vaccinator Eastern district, Pontardawe union & certifying factory surgeon, Tyrwaun

Llais Llafur Co Limited, printers & publishers

Lloyd David & Sons, boot & shoe factors & ironmongers

Lloyd Luther, ironmonger

Lloyd Thos, confectioner, Round ho

London & Provincial Bank Ltd (sub agency to Swansea), (Hy Morgan agent), (open 10 am to 3pm; sat 10am to 12.15pm); draw on head office, 3 Bank buildings & Glyn Mills, Currie & Co, London EC

Maddocks John, grocer, Pwllbach

Marks Michael David, boot maker & cycle agent, Godre'rgraig

Metropolitan Bank (of England & Wales) Ltd (sub branch), (H D Woodliffe, agent), (open 10 am to 3 pm. thurs & sat 9.30 to 12); draw on head office, 60 Gracechurch street, London EC

Mitchell John, china & earthenware dealer

Morgan Abraham, miller

Morgan Evan, beer retailer, Pwllbach

Morgan George, grocer

Morgan John, china &c dealer, Godre'rgraig

Morgan John, farmer, Cwmtawe

Morgan John, farmer, Gellywarog

Morgan Mary Gething (Mrs), Swan family & commercial hotel & posting house & wine & spirit merchant

Morgan William, currier, Gurnos rd

Morgan Wm, grocer, Godre'rgraig

Morris brothers, hair dressers, Wern

Nelson Charles MB Ch.B.Edin, physician & surgeon, Tyrwaun

Nicholas Edwin, undertaker, Wern

Nicholas Edwyn, beer ret, Wern Fawr

Owen Gwillyn, beer retr, Pantteg

Owen John Thos, draper, Compton ho

Parry David E, grocer, Wern

Parry, John, grocer

Parry Thos (Mrs), grocer, Godre'rgraig

Powell Hopkin James, outfitter, Wern

Price John, shopkeeper, Pantteg

Public Hall (Llais Llafur Co Ltd, proprietors)

Pwllbach Colliery Co (Davies William Davies, agent)

Rees David & Sons, builders' mers

Rees Daniel, Royal Oak PH, Graig

Rees Frederick, boot & shoe maker

Rees Joseph, beer retailer, Golden Lion

Rees Rees, carpenter & joiner

Reynolds Albert W, grocer, Wern

Richards David, shopkpr, Godre'rgraig

Roberts John Morris, chemist

Roberts Thomas, beer retailer

Samuel David & Son, grocrs, Gurnos

Samuel Saul, saddler

Tawe Valley Gas Co Limited (works)

Thomas Evan & Son, grocers, Wern

Thomas Wm & Sons, grocrs, Gurnos

Thomas Elizabeth (Mrs), greengrocer, Wern

Thomas Goronwy, draper

Thomas Simon, Railway hotel & butchr

Thomas Thomas, beer retailer, Wern

Thomas William, grocer, Pantteg

Tirbach Brick Co Limited (D Jenkins, proprietor)

Todd Thomas Robert, tailor, Wern

Tregay Jn, boot & shoe ma., Darren rd

Williams John & Son, grocers

Williams & Sons, confectioners, Wern

Williams, David L, beer retlr, Corner ho

Williams Edward, shopkeeper, Pantteg

Williams Edwin Daniel, draper, Wern

Williams James, shopkeeper, Wern

Williams John, boot maker, Graig

Williams John E, jobmaster

Williams John Morgan, grocer, Pantteg

Williams John R, builder & contractor

Williams Llewellyn, shopkeeper

Williams Samuel, confr, Godre'rgraig

Williams Thomas Griffith, grocer

Williams Timothy, draper

Williams Wm, beer retlr, Godre'rgraig

Williams Wm, grocer, Godre'rgraig

Williams Wm J, monumental mason

Woodman John Edward, butcher, Graig

Ystalyfera Modern Co-operative Society Limited (John George Evans, manager), Wern

Ystalyfera Tin Plate Co Limited

[Last Updated : 23 Dec 2004 - Gareth Hicks]