There are many references to this area in the 15 million Welsh and English language articles from Welsh newspapers transcribed by the NLW and viewable on Welsh Newspapers Online
Below are English language articles that have been re-transcribed and extracted randomly to illustrate what is available, there are many that are not extracted here that include names of local people
- From The Cardiff Times 21st September 1872
PYLE. FATAL ACCIDENT.—An old man named Davies whilst riding his donkey last Saturday across a tramroad was struck bv some passing truck and killed. He was father to Mr. David Davies, weigher at the Pyle Coal and Iron- works.
- From The Cardiff Times 2nd March 1866
PYLE. On Saturday afternoon an accident occurred on the South Wales line. A goods train left the siding at Pyle, and was immediately followed by a timber train. By some neglect of signals, the second train ran violently into the first train; before the collision took place the driver and stoker jumped from the engine and thus saved their lives. The wreck of carriages was almost unprecedented, and the platform of the Pyle station and both lines were covered with the debris. All communication along the line was stopped, and it was several hours before space could be cleared for the passenger trains. The down trains below Bridgend were all delayed, and the trains due at Swansea at four o'clock did not arrive until 8.30.
- From The Glamorgan Gazette 26th January 1906
PYLE. Pyle and District Ploughing Match.—A meeting in connection with the above will be held at the New House, Cornelly, at 7.30. on Thursday, February 1st, 1906.
FATAL TRAP ACCIDENT. A sad fatality occurred near Pyle on Thursday evening last week. An old man, named William Haynes, aged 68. employed by Mrs. Yorwerth, of the Prince of Wales Inn, Kenfig, was driving a trap from the ploughing match at Pyle, in which, besides himself, were Mrs. Yorwerth and two other women. By some means Haynes fell from the trap, and one of the wheels passed over him. Dr. Cooper, of Kenfig Hill, was summoned, but Haynes died before the doctor could render any effective help. At the inquest on Friday a verdict of Accidental Death was returned.
FALL FROM A TRAIN. An old lady apparently about 70 years of age, met with a rather serious accident at Pyle railway station on Monday evening. Accompanied by her niece she entered the 6.11 p.m. up train at Neath bearing a ticket for Pyle. At the latter station a passenger opened the door for the pair to leave and the old lady passed out first. They were in the second compartment from the engine, and as the train had proceeded somewhat beyond the upper end of the platform, and the spot was particularly dark, she fell to the ground, sustaining, it is feared, rather severe injuries. It was afterwards ascertained that the woman was a Mrs. Thomas, of Laleston.
- From The Glamorgan Gazette 12th January 1906
PYLE. Miniature Rifle Club.-The above club held their annual Xmas shoot at the Drill-hall, Pyle. The members of the club are indebted to Miss Talbot, of Margam Park, for the use of the Drill-hall for practice .....(part extract)......
- From The Glamorgan Gazette 13th December 1907
PYLE Reynard in a Coal Mine.—Considerable excitement was caused at the Cribbwr Fawr Colliery (Pyle) one night last week. While the last few miners were on their way to their respective working places, they were confronted by a young fox, which was evidently making for the mouth of the slip .....(part extract)......
- From The Glamorgan Gazette 3rd December 1915
PYLE. NURSING ASSOCIATION.—A concert, in aid of Kenfig Hill and Pyle Nursing Association, was held at Pyle Church Hall on Wednesday evening last week. Rev. D. J. Arthur, Vicar of Pyle, occupied the chair. The following programme was well received by the packed audience .....(part extract)......
- From The Glamorgan Gazette 12th January 1917
KENFIG. CONCERT.—On Saturday last "ye inhabitants of ye Mediaval Borough of Kenfig" assembled in goodly numbers at the Guildhall to attend a concert in aid of the wounded. The popular Vicar of Pyle (the Rev. D. J. Arthur) admirably presided. Mrs. Wilson Rees, A.L.C.M., of Kenfig, who was the accompanist for the evening, opened the proceedings .....(part extract)......
- From The Cambrian 25th September 1896
KENFIG POOL. ARTICLE III. "My fevered brain Calls up the vanished past again." The Golden Legend. And so, as Mr. Edward Roberts explains, the word "Kenfig" really means "head of the marsh," or "overlooking the still pool." Surely this must indicate that the lake is older even than the vanished town, the town having evidently been named by reason of its nearness to the pool. Probably the present lake in ancient days was a marsh, for it has not now, and apparently never had, any brook to feed or drain it. It is fed only by a spring pulsating eternally into its central heart, and its sole expenditure is into the desiccating sand that rims and beds it. On a summer's day, when the weather is hot, the land thirsty, and the water consequently low, if you take a swim over the slowly undulating surface and gaze into the deeps near the clump of stunted trees surrounding the ruined tower (studying the animate pool lovingly, as Thoreau did his never-to-be-forgotten "Walden"), then shall you see, 18 or 20 feet below, the arterial stream monotously uprising, its iridescent bubbles lazily chasing each other to the surface in endless procession. Whence can the water supplying the spring flow, if not from the distant hills ? .....(part extract)......