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. AGM 18 September 2014
    The report of the outgoing chairman can be viewed or
    downloaded here (MS Word), or here (pdf file).
  2. Members may be interested in the following lecture event,
    ‘Wider Merthyr: The Impact of Merthyr Tydfil on the World’
    on Saturday, 25 October, 9:30 – 14:30 at Canolfan Soar, Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfil.
    Joe England on ‘Merthyr’s Entrepreneurial Tradition’
    Professor Chris Williams on ‘Cartooning the Coalowners: W.T. Lewis and D.A. Thomas and the facile pencil of J.M. Staniforth’
    Professor Bill Jones on ‘Merthyr and the Rush for Australian Gold in the 1850s’

    Admission is free, but registration is required via
    Merthyr Conference

Recent Publication: An Archive of Hanes, the newsletter of the Society, plus more!

Hanes DVD Disc

The Hanes Disc

The disc contains the following:

  • Copies of Hanes Nos.1 to 56, (July 1984- Autumn 2011)
  • A reprint of A Descriptive Account of Aberdare, Illustrated. (published in 1892)
  • Children of the Mines in the Cynon Valley (published in 1987 and 1999)
  • Two portfolios of Sketches of the Cynon Valley in 1827-1828, (published in 1972 and 1974)
  • A Timeline of the history of the Cynon Valley, in English and Welsh, (the versions are not identical). The timelines shown are those which were current on the website in 2011.

The disc is supplied in a slim-line DVD case as illustrated. Please note, the disc does not contain any audio or video.

This disc is designed to be used only with a computer equipped to read DVD datadiscs, using Adobe Reader software. Virtually all modern computers will be capable of reading the disc. It will not work with a domestic DVD player designed for use with a TV.

The disc can be purchased for £5 at Society meetings.
It is also available by mail order for £5.75, including postage and packing from Mr Haydn Williams, contact details below:

      Haydn Contact
St Johns


Commercial Place
Commercial Place, Aberdare

small tithe map
Aberdare village according to the
Tithe map of 1847