About the Society
Historical Notes



The Cynon Valley History Society was founded in Aberdare in 1971. Our objectives 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 New Publications The Society has published a new book entitled A History of the Aberdare Valley Ironworks by Steven Graham and the late Ken Collins. Further details can be found on our publications page.
Also newly available is Aberdare Park: a guide and short history by Geoffrey Evans. This is published by ‘The Friends of Aberdare Park.’ Further details of this booklet are also available on our publications page.

AUDC Transport Book

2 Recently published local transport book Aberdare District Council Municipal Transport Department
Michael Yelton’s book entitled Aberdare is about the municipal transport department in the upper Cynon Valley. The book covers the trams and trolleybuses of the early years through to the motor bus days, starting from 1901 when the early planning for the tram system took place, until 1974 when the AUDC was abolished. The book has 97 pages that are packed with text, numerous photographs, tables and diagrams. A short introduction covers the general development of the AUDC and of its transport department. This is followed by a chapter on the tramway system and another on the trackless vehicles (trolleybuses). The remaining sixty-one pages concentrate on the motor buses, and this topic is spread over three chapters, covering the years: 1920–35; 1935–51 and 1951–74 where the bus fleet is described in some detail as well as the routes the buses traversed.
Publisher: Venture Publications Ltd
Date of publication: 4 December 2017
ISBN–10: 1905304854 ISBN–13: 978-1905304851
Price: £16 Available online from MDS Books at www.mdsbooks.co.uk
Alternatively from MDS Book Sales, 128 Pikes Lane, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 8EH.
Tel 01457 861508

Letter Cards

3 CVHS Letter Cards The Society has recently launched a set of four cards, three depicting views of the old Cynon Valley and a fourth depicting the Kangchenjunga painting. Please contact Haydn Williams if you would like to make a purchase.
Telephone 01685 879793 or email on
Cost of per pack is £4.00 with p&p at £1.30.

4 Cynon Valley Museum
The latest news of the museum can be found on their Facebook page:

St Johns
Commercial Place

Commercial Place, Aberdare

small tithe map

Aberdare village according to the
Tithe map of 1847