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The Collieries of the Llynfi Valley, by Ray Lawrence
Published privately by the author, 57 pages. A4 size booklet (1N4409P1)
This booklet provides a fascinating history of coal mining in the Llynfi valley, and includes several black and white photographs. The booklet begins with a description of around 30 coal seams of the South Glamorgan Valleys (including the Cwmogwr, the Wenallt Rider, Lower Glynogwr, No.1 No.2 and No.3 Rhondda, Pentre, Four-Feet, Six-Feet, Red, Upper Nine Feet, Bute, Yard, Gellideg, and others), before going on to list the 40 or so mines of the area in alphabetical order.
From the introduction: This booklet is not a definitive work on coal mining in the Llynfi valley area of Glamorgan, although it is an attempt to catalogue the coal workings of that area, and by doing so it helps to illustrate the huge impact that coal mining had on the valley....
Each of the mines listed in the booklet includes a variety of information on their history and workings (although the amount of information varies - some mines have only a line or two in their entry, whereas others have a whole page or more). Information that may be listed includes the size of the particular mine, the amount of men that worked their, the colliery owners, shaft depths, coal seams worked and their thickness, industrial disputes, disasters and accidents, and more. Amongst the mines included are:
- Bryn Navigation Colliery
- Cae Cwarel Colliery
- Caerau Colliery
- Cefn-Y-Bryn Colliery
- Coegnant Colliery
- Cwmdu Colliery
- Duffryn Colliery
- Garth & Garth Celtic Collieries
- Maesteg Deep Colliery
- Maesteg Merthyr Colliery
- Oakwood Colliery
- St. John's Colliery
- and many more!
Ray Lawrence, who wrote this booklet, was born into a mining family in a village in the Ebbw Vale in South Wales, and he spent much of his working life as a miner at the Celynen South Colliery in Abercarn. Whilst working as a miner at Celynen he was also a local official for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), and he took an active part in the miners strike of 1984-85
The condition of the booklet is generally good. The clear plastic cover has one or two minor scuffs, and their is some light nibbling and wear along the inside page edges and corners, but the spine binding is intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is a small price sticker on the rear side cover
Please note that this booklet was produced privately, and so lacks the 'finish' of a proffessional publication (i.e the photographs that illustrate the booklet are photocopy quality). But none of this detracts from the fascinating and detailed information the booklet contains, and it remains a must read/reference for anyone interested in the subject.
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