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 intend re-opening our Museum. Please see the ‘Expression of Interest Form’ — download here.
    They are 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. 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