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. A message from the Society Chair :
    Our speaker at the March 19th meeting will be Mr Peter Carter Jones from Neath, who set up the Welsh Memorial Flanders Campaign. This successful campaign resulted in a bronze dragon, designed by Lee Odishaw, commemorating Welsh soldiers and their sacrifice in WW1. Mr Carter Jones will give a short talk, followed by a film of the event. Look forward to seeing you all next Thursday. Anne.
  2. Ken Collins, a Vice President of the Society.
    We regret to inform you that one of our Vice Presidents, Mr Ken Collins, passed away recently. Ken was a member of the Society for many years. He served as a committee member and was for 30 years the Treasurer of the Society. His funeral took place on Wednesday, 28th January at Llwydcoed Crematorium.
    Ken was raised in Cwmbach, attended the Grammar School 1944-50, after which he initially entered local government, but most of his career was spent in the Fire Service. In his retirement he studied in the humanities and gained the Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Commercial Place
Commercial Place, Aberdare

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