The History of the Llynfi Valley


By Brinley Richards M.A 1982                   

Published by D Brown & sons Ltd, Eastgate Press, Cowbridge  ISBN 0 905928 16 4

This is a contents list prepared by Daniel Verkys 1999

Contents; These are chapter headings with numbers



1. The Llynfi Valley 2. The earliest times
3. Tir Iarll 4. Llangynwyd Castle
5. The Lordship of Glamorgan 6. The local revolts
7. Llangynwyd - Yr Hen Blwyf 8. The early rural scene
9. Lynfi Valley farms and houses 10. Llynfi Valley Wells
11. Iolo Morganwg's Visit 12. The Cwm-y-felin druidicial Society
13. The parish registers 14. Local customs
15. Local superstitions 16. Llangynwyd Church
17. The Cefn Ydfa Romance 18. The pre-industrial revolution period
19. Flannel mills



20. The iron industry 21. The Maesteg iron works
22. The Llynfi iron works (the new works) 23. Tondu iron works
24. Garth iron works 25. The Llynfi Valley Tramroad, Railway etc
26. The truck shop 27. New societies
28. Female labour 29. Local tragedies - General and Industrial
30. Strikes, lock outs etc 31. Housing during the industrial revolution
32. Llwydarth tinplate works 33. Candle making and brick making
34. The miners 35. The coal industry potential
36. The coal industry development 37. The coal industry decline
38. The outlook 39. Ownership of collieries
40. North's Chief officials 41. Pioneers of industry
a) Sir John Bowring b) David Grey
c) Colonel John T. North 42. The present industrial situation
43. The Ewenny road factory site 44. The forge factory site



45. General a) The Maesteg Roman Catholic school
b) Secondary education c) General education and entertainment


Local affairs and politics

46. The administration of the law 47. Local government
48. The Maesteg U.D.C 49. The Glamorgan county council
50. Population 51. Valley services
52. The political scene a) Parlimentary
b) The County council c) Maesteg U.D.C
d) Politics generally 53. Vernon Hartshorn


Culture and sport

54. The Welsh language 55. Sport
56. Art 57. Music



58. a) Early history
b) The Rev. Samuel Jones, Brynllywarch c) Early church administration
d) Origins of nonconformity e) The church and social problems
f) Visiting preachers g) The Welsh religious revival, 1904-1905
h) The Roman Catholic Church i) The Anglican Church
j) Nonconformity k) Sunday observence
l) The drink problem m) Biblical names
n) The rise and decline of Welsh nonconformity o) The various valley denominations
p) The Congregationalists (or Indepentents) q) The Presbyterians (or Calvinistic Methodists)
r) The Baptists s) The Wesleyans (now called Methodists)
t) High office u) Entrants to the christian ministry



59. a) Early traditions
b) Early poets up to the end of the 17th century c) Tribannau
d) Dafydd Nicolas e) Literacy activity in the 19th century
f) Thomas Christopher Evans (Cadrawd) 1846-1918 g) Thomas Morgan (Llynwy) 1835-1910
h) 19th century Welsh authors i) 19th century authors writing in English
j) Deceased Welsh writers of the 20th century writing in English k) Contemporary Welsh authors
l) contemporary authors writing in English m) Cultural activities generally
60. The Maesteg town hall 61. The changing scene.

[Last Updated : 22 March 2004 - Gareth Hicks]