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.

The summer outing of the Society will take place on Saturday July 26th to Illtyd’s Church in Llantwit Major and then on to Dyffryn House and Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan. We will leave at 9am outside Aberdare Library and will return to Aberdare at approximately 6pm. The total cost is £19.00, this includes a £2.00 donation for the guided tour of St Illtid’s, entrance fee to Dyffrryn House and Gardens, cost of the bus and a tip for the driver. Anybody interested in joining us, please contact Alun Watts on 01685 870306 or via email at the address below:
2. Following the recent resignation of the Society Chair, Mr David Walters, the Vice Chair Mr Alun Watts is to take over as caretaker Chairman until the AGM in September 2014 when hopefully a new Chair can be elected.
3. RCTCBC have confirmed their intention to close the Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery. Discussions are currently taking place with a view to keeping the facility open on a voluntary basis.

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