About the Society
Historical Notes



The Cynon Valley History Society was founded in Aberdare in 1971. Our objects are to promote, encourage and maintain an active interest in the history of the district in all its aspects; to arrange talks and lectures; to undertake original research and assist in the collection of local material such as manuscripts, books, artefacts and photographs, and to publish titles on local history.

The Society presents a programme of 10 lectures each season and publishes a quarterly newsletter HANES (The Welsh word for History).

Please click on the links above to find out more about us, our publications and programme of lectures.

  1. Cynon Valley Museum Trust
    The Cynon Valley Museum Trust re-opened the Cynon Valley Museum on Saturday, September 3rd this year. If you are interested in volunteering to help with keeping this facility open, please see the ‘Expression of Interest Form’ — download here.
    The Trust is seeking any assistance, now or in the future, in the following areas :
    • Admin Support
    • Fundraising
    • Café
    • Training
    • Research and Development
    • Marketing and Social Media
    • Collections
    • Events
    The Cynon Valley History Society was at the forefront of the campaign to retain the Cynon Valley Museum, an institution, indeed, which was founded after many years of campaigning by our Society.
  2. Gorsedd of Bards
    Congratulations to former CVHS member Philip Richards upon his election to the Gorsedd of Bards, (Blue Robes). The citation is as follows: ‘Philip Brian Richards, Mountain Ash, has been honoured for his work in the Law sector, and this during the year of his retirement. He learnt Welsh as a second language, and not only presides over cases in Welsh, but has also served as Chair of the Lord Chancellor’s Standing Committee on the Welsh Language twice. He has also been active with Rhieni dros Addysg Gymraeg (Parents for Welsh Language Education), and has served as a governor in a number of Welsh schools in Rhondda Cynon Taff over the years.’ He was inducted at a ceremony at the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny on August 5th this year.
  3. Mrs Gweno Lewis
    We are grateful to Meic Stephens the writer, and obituarist of The Independent newspaper, for permission to publish his obituary of Gweno Lewis, widow of the poet Alun Lewis. It can be found in the Historical Notes section of this website.
  4. Chapels of the Cynon Valley, by Alan Vernon Jones, (published 2004)
    In order to clear some of our stock this book is currently being offered at £2 per copy plus £3.50 postage and packing.

St Johns
Commercial Place

Commercial Place, Aberdare

small tithe map

Aberdare village according to the
Tithe map of 1847