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. Society Summer Outing 2015
    The Society’s Summer Outing will take place on Saturday, July 11th, 2015. We will leave Aberdare at 9am and arrive at the National Botanic Garden of Wales at approximately 10.30am. We will depart the Gardens at 1.30pm for Laugharne where time can be spent at your leisure. The time of leaving Laugharne will be flexible according to weather conditions but we will leave no later than 4.30pm to enable us to arrive back in Aberdare by 6pm. The cost of the day will be £20.00 per person, this will include:
    i.   The cost of the coach
    ii.  The entrance to the National Botanic Garden of Wales
    iii. The tip for the driver
    The £20 can be paid at the next membership meeting on May 21st, 2015.
  2. Hywel Vaughan, a Vice President of the Society.
    Hywel Vaughan
    We regret to inform you that one of our Vice Presidents, Mr Hywel Vaughan, M.A., passed away recently on 30th March 2015. He was born in Aberdare, and lived as a boy in Herbert Street in the Foundry Town area. For many years he lived in Raglan but his roots brought him back to Aberdare as a member of the CVHS. He joined the committee and was Chairman in 1994/5. As Chair he was instrumental in setting up a fine memorial to James James (Iago ap Ieuan), at the entrance to St Elvan’s church, and the restoration of his grave at Aberdare cemetery.
    Hywel took up teaching but later became an NUT Representative. He was awarded an Honorary MA by University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. His father was Cllr. William Trevor Vaughan, a railway man who was a member of the Aberdare UDC. The family moved to Newport in 1942, and W.T. Vaughan, J.P., became mayor of Newport in 1963-64.
    Hywel is survived by his wife Sheila, two daughters and three grandchildren. There was a Memorial Service on 8th May 2015 at St Peter’s Church, Bryngwyn, Raglan.

St Johns
Commercial Place

Commercial Place, Aberdare

small tithe map

Aberdare village according to the
Tithe map of 1847