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. 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 is to be a Memorial Service on Friday 8th May 2015 at 11.00am at St Peter’s Church, Bryngwyn, Raglan, NP15 2DD. Enquiries to Peterson Funeral Home, Maendy Way, Cwmbran. Tel: 01633 483127.

St Johns


Commercial Place
Commercial Place, Aberdare

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