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Photographs of Cynon Valley

An Autumn view down Dare Valley

A crisp and clear day with a great view of Cribyn, Pen y fan, Corn Du and Fan y big from the Darran.

Gadlys Secondary Moden School Class 1962

Top row:
1.---- 2.Elizabeth Harries 3.Vivian Clarke 4.Nerys Jones (me) 5-- 6. Sonia Magor
7.Margaret Bowditch (nee Griffiths) 8.Rhosalind ? 9.Miss Morse ?

Second row:
10.Haulwen Davis 11.-- 12.Alice Williams 13.Adele Jones 14.Sheryl Stansfield 15.Kathleen Williams 16.Jennifer Howells 17.Nerys Jones (2) 18.Velinda Rees

Third row:
20.Rose ? 21.Wendy ??? 22. --- 23.Ray Llewellyn 24.--- 25.Ann Baker 26.Meryl Walters 27.--- 28.Brenda Harries 29.Gillian Hodges

River Cynon Penrhiwceiber

It is evident no large supermarkets near so no shopping trolleys in the river at this point

Robertstown Tramroad

Part of a Tramroad that ran from Hirwaun to the canal head in Aberdare

Flooding Cwmbach Railway


Flooding Cwmbach Railway


Flooding Cwmbach Railway


Treherbert Mountain

Photograph by Kristiaan Davies

Abernant Railway Station

Take a look at what we used to achieve as far as Railway transport in South Wales Valleys

The old giving way to the new

Blaengwawr Comprehensive School, Aberdare Girls School or The Aberdare Girls’ Grammar School and Aberdare Community School
The Old Sobell Leisure Centre ready for demolition and the new Sobell Center adjoining our new Community School

Old photograph Public Right of Way Ynys Aberdare

This photograph was sent to AberdareOnline by Gogsy today after speaking to him who has continually informed Rhondda Cynon Taf Council of the problems with this Public Right of Way the photograph was taken back in March he to is asking the question when is this problem going to be rectified permanently.

Public Right of Way Cwmbach to Aberaman

The young woman wading through the mud, because the Public Right of Way is flooded her trainers are ruined abandoned shopping trolleys litter the area what are we paying council tax for?

Aberdare Bus Station

Photograph taken 12 October 2014


Aberdare Bus Station Sunday 12 October 2014

New public footpath

Persimmon homes development Coed Duffryn Aberaman installed a footpath unsuitable for wheelchair users

Caegarw after decades of neglect!

@RCTCouncil The alleys getting done in Caegarw after decades of neglect! peoplepower

The Older People’s Commissioner’s Engagement Co-ordinator Kate Hughes

The Older People’s Commissioner’s Engagement Co-ordinator Kate Hughes (left) and CISWO Social Inclusion Co-ordinator Phil Williams (right) speak with the group

Coed Duffryn

Concerned residents watch as workmen construct bund to protect Coed Dyffryn note the sand bags against the door

Photograph by Clive Stanley Williams

Aberdare Bus Station

The hazard of pigeon droppings

Anti Bird Spikes

Anti Bird Spikes café area Aberdare Bus Station

Eisteddfod at Mountain Ash

Princess Elizabeth celebrating in the LIFE picture from August 6, 1946 where she is in the Sacred Circle of Bards at the national Eisteddfod at Mountain Ash, Glamorgan,

Yaberdaberdare 2014

Aberdare branch of St John Ambulance are looking for volunteers so if you would like to volunteer you can contact them through their website
The Aberdare group at Yaberdaberdare 2014 said they look forward to new members
Why not e-mail them today and you will be part of the team.

Yaberdaberdare 2014

Michaela Breeze and the team stop the demo for photograph

Construction of the new school By Garath

This photo is of the construction of the new school at the Ynys Aberdare, taken from the top of Lletty Shenkin Quarry at Cwmbach, just in front of the TV mast. By Mr Gareth Williams of Cwmbach.

The Michael Sobell Sports Centre

Part of the new £50 million new school development with the Michael Sobell Sports Centre in the background

The Michael Sobell Sports Centre in Aberdare had been forced to close
The River Cynon in the Cynon Valley had bursts its banks due to flooding.

Aberdare Tang Soo Do European Championhsips medallists

children of Aberdare Tang Soo Do, who recently competed in the International Tang Soo Do Federation European Championhsips in Cardiff in July, winning 8 gold, 10 Silver and 11 Bronze medals.

Aberdare Cables

Photograph by John Bulpin Electrical

Aberdare Park 19 February 2013

Photograph by John Bulpin Electrical

Glandare 19 February 2013

Photograph by John Bulpin Electrical

Mountain ash train station

Here is a photo I took whilst out for a walk with my family. Despite us being on red alert the trains were still running. This was taken at 3.05 pm on 18th January 2013

New filter lane northbound A470 Abercynon

Work on the Abercynon roundabout new filter lane that will approach the left turn into Cynon Valley

Aberdare Girls Grammar School 1965-1970

This is a black and white photo of the form I was in,in the Girls Grammar School, Aberdare, between the years of 1965 and 1970. I'm not sure what year this was, but I know I'm in there! I'm not telling which one was a long time ago!

Trolleys In The River Cynon

Dumped Shopping Trolleys In The River Cynon

Trolleys In The River Cynon

Dumped Shopping Trolleys In The River Cynon

Dumped shopping trolleys in the River Cynon

There seems to be a large number of dumped shopping trolleys in the River Cynon

High Street Aberdare rear of our Georgian style building

High Street Aberdare rear of our Georgian style building needs a bit of work

Black Lion Aberdare

Aberdare the Black Lion in the background not Part of the £7.7 MULTI-MILLION-POUND scheme to regenerate Aberdare town centre

In Victoria Square in the centre of Aberdare stands a statue of Caradog. Designed by the world-famous sculptor Sir William Goscombe John, known as ‘The National Sculptor of Wales’, the statue was erected in 1920. It depicts Caradog conducting his choir with a Baton in his hand. Perched behind him is his violin.

Neglected Building High Street Aberdare

Neglected Building High Street Aberdare not Part of the £7.7 MULTI-MILLION-POUND scheme to regenerate Aberdare town centre

The Old Treasury Building High Street Aberdare

The Old Treasury Building High Street Aberdare not Part of the £7.7 MULTI-MILLION-POUND scheme to regenerate Aberdare town centre

Not part of the £7.7 million pound town redevelopment

Derelict building in High Street Aberdare not Part of the £7.7 MULTI-MILLION-POUND scheme to regenerate Aberdare town centre

The Mystery of the Sash - regalia with anchor, cross, rose?

My great-great-grandparents, Benjamin John and Mary An Meredith. This looks to be their wedding picture, ca 1862. The mystery is his scarf and the rose bud in her hand. Symbols of a union or friendly society or temperance organization? The sash has 2 vining flowers, 2 roses?,. a St. Andrew's cross, and two anchors at the bottom. She appears to be holding a rose.

The side of the A4059, Penderyn

The side of the A4059 between Penderyn and Storey Arms.

Ystradfellte Reservoir

Taken by Alun Davies from Penywaun

Aberdare Penybryn Street party 1952

Clive Evans (Formerly of 8, Penybryn Street.)

Photograph taken in the yard at the back of Davies' Bakery and shows the Penybryn Street party to commemorate the Queen's Coronation in 1952.

Llwydcoed Merthyr road 1960's

looking down the road from footbal field circa 1960's

Llwydcoed Merthyr road

looking down from corner house pub

Llwydcoed United Orchestra 1915

Combined orchestra from Horeb and Moriah Chapels



fforest uchaf farm,mountain ash

taken today,on a winters walk,above mountain ash.

Alpha Course Explore The Meaning Of Life

Alpha Course Explore The Meaning Of Life.
Launch at the dare Valley Country Park, on the 9th October 2010. Short introduction to the Alpha Course. Musical Entertainment, Quiz, Testimonies, Buffet, etc. All Free on the night. Tickets only at Actual Course starts on 11th October 2010. Look forward to seeing you all on the night.

Mountain Ash in the Snow 2010. by gerwyn jones

Dyffryn pennar Park, Mountain ash in the gerwyn jones

St Johns Church, April 2010 by Gerwyn Jones

Photo taken, early easter sunday morning By gerwyn jones. April 2010

Brynmair Close

The land has collapsed in the car park at the rear of two blocks of flats in Brynmair Close.

Kingfisher Bird

Been waiting years to get a photograph of a Kingfisher and this one was on one of the branches over a stream near the top lake.....

Aberaman 21st November 2009

The River Cynon overflowing onto Tirfounder! Where is all the water going now the earth embankment is there?

Footpath Cwmbach to Aberaman 21st November 2009

Construction of large earth embankment to prevent flooding from the River Cynon

Griffith Rhys Jones

AKA "CARADOG" Conductor of the South Wales Choral Union "Y COR MAWR"

Guto Neath Bran

Guto Neath Bran's statue in Mountain Ash

100 years of Serving the Community

Sonia Sanghani who organised and collated the info along with members of the St John Ambulance & library staff


taken in colour,then processed on a p.c.,using HDR software.


taken in colour,then processed using HDR software.
not sure of the name,but on the road towards 'lock street'

cynon valley on a foggy day

A view of the cynon valley in fog

Abercynon Railway Station

The Old Abercynon Signal Box which has now been replaced by a new Signalling Center since the station layout has been changed in 2008.

Aberdare park

picture i took when i was back in aberdare 2008

A steam locomotive transports another load of coal out of Cynon Valley

Aberdare: The Railways and Tramroads by John Frederick Mear
Aberdare Railway By E.R. Mountford and R.W. Kidner.
THE TAFF VALE RAILWAY Volume 2 Rails around Rhonda and Aberdare
By John Hutton

Fernhill before development with the Phurnicite in the background

In the foreground is Abercwmboi Isaf Farm in 1570 the farm formed part of the possessions of the Earl of Pembroke. By 1691it had become one of the farms of the Duffryn Aberdare Estate purchased by William Bruce in 1750. The farm also known as Troedrhiw-fer, the large white farmhouse was a focal point of the Duffryn Estate.

frosted over

taken in the peace park,with a fuji s100fs camera.

Where the cars were 1

When I built my web-site this was an area where 30+ cars were burnt out.
This area is the otherside of the rail line by the "Old Brick Works"

Where the cars were 2 and 3 are also photos of the same area.
Isn't nature a wonderful thing when left in peace?

The Dare river in full flow

This is the Dare river just by Penywaun.

As you will see the river is in full flow and looking mucky, Just after taking this photograph there was a quick flash of blue and I saw a Kingfisher ( For only the second time in my life ), thus prooving that the water in the Dare is getting cleaner and there are fish in there :)

The Bridge 2

This is as "The Bridge 1" but showing the contrast of light through the bridge

The Bridge 1

This is photo 1 of 2 showing the Bridge spanning the river Dare from the Tram-road to the "Old Brick Works" Lyywdcoed.
As you can see with the weather we have been having the river is far from trickle.

Into the light

I took a walk down to the "tram-road" on the only bright day we have had recently and as I walked through the shade of the canopy of the trees and bushes this was one of the sites that met my eyes.

End of the The Tower and Beacon Flats

The demolition of the Towers and Beacons flats in Hirwaun. This was my first ever photographic commission.

Pant-y-Cerdin Clean Up Crew 22/07/2008

A small number of the 20+ volunteers involved in cleaning up the Cwmbach Area. Here we see members of the Tre-Telynog Environmental Group

Pant-y-Cerdin Clean Up Crew 22/07/2008

A small number of the 20+ volunteers involved in cleaning up the Cwmbach Area. Here we see members of the Tre-Telynog Environmental Group

Hirwaun Industrila Estate

A shot of the road that leads out of Hirwaun Industrial Estate towards either Hirwaun or Rhigos.

Dog Daisy in Dare Valley Country Park

The Oxeye or Dog Daisy

Latin Name = Leucanthemum vulgare

Dog daisies form a wonderful show in early summer, often along roadside verges. The flowers are over an inch across, like small garden marguerites, borne singly on stalks a foot or so high.

Bit of a tight spot

A RCT refuse collector finds himself in a bit of a tight spot in a street in Cwmaman.

Arrmed Siege in Cwmbach

An armed siege that took place in Pant-Y-Cerdin, Cwmbach on 27.06.08

The Old Aberdare Train Station

The tragically abandoned and vandalised "old" Aberdare Train Station.

Grammar School Clock

Aberdare Boys Grammar School around 1912

Park School football team – champions 1956-57

I've forgotten most of the names in the team – I am the goalkeeper in the back row – my twin brother Raymond (full back I think) first left middle row. Troy Sidwell next to my brother are the only ones I remember as we were in the Barnardo’s home in Aberdare, (Glandare House). Would be interested in any response to this picture.

Smoke and Helicopter

The view from Pant-y-Cerdin at 10:00am (ish) on 02.02.2008

Glynhafod Junior School c1948

This is an enhanced version of the previous photograph

Aberaman Primary School - 1949

Back (Keith Walters, Howard bushen, David Pryor, Norman Bowen, Jim Holden, Martin Jones, Sylvia Saunders, Enid Meredith, Paulette Evans) Middle Row (Ann Johnson, Pat Williams, Anita Lucas, Brian Phillips, John Howells?, Winston Samuel, Dawn Evans, Anne Davies Diane?) Front Row (Kenneth Walton, Alan Merrit?, Colin Hughes, Vera Davies, Ann Neal, Elaine Ford, ?, Miss John, Marilyn?, Gillian Jones, Linda Harry, Dorothy?, Colin jones, Jim Davies, Colin Grant)