Glamorgan History Society

Home Page

About The Society




Local History Societies

Society News

The Society was established in the early 1972 and membership is open to all with an interest in the history of the Borough and parish, and those adjacent parishes that, historically, fell within the southern half of the lordships of Meisgyn and Glynrhondda.


President: Griffith J. Evans

Chairman: Walter D. Jones

Vice-Chairman: Rhodri Powell, M.B.E.

Hon. Treasurer: Mrs Lynne Read

Hon. Social Secretary: Jeff Brown,

2, Shadow Wood Drive

Miskin, PONTYCLUN CF 72 8SX   -  Telephone 01443 239743

A winter session of meetings is held on second Tuesdays from September to April. The December meeting (exceptionally on the first Tuesday) is the annual dinner and the April meeting is the AGM followed by a lively discussion of historical topics accompanied by refreshments. For the other months a good quality programme of speakers is arranged.

Three outdoor meetings are arranged, usually in May, June and July. One of these is often a day excursion to a place of interest while the other two are evening meetings at historical sites within easy reach.

Subscription: £8 for individuals and £10 for couples. The rates for those who pay by Standing Order are £7 and £9 respectively.

About The Society


Llantrisant And District Local History Society

Winter Programme 2009-10

September 8th

J Barry Davies

George Ewart Evans, Oral Historian: a Freeman of                    Llantrisant

October 13th

Professor Chris Williams

The Stanniforth Cartoons

November 10th

Mr Mike Buckingham

Alexander Cordell – Man of Action and Poet.

Jan 12th 2009

Mr David Maddox

Roots to Restoration

February 2010

Mr Walter D. Jones


March 2010  

Miss Hilary Thomas:

Historic Gardens of Glamorgan

The Ancient Borough and Freemen of Llantrisant, published in 1989 to mark the Centenary of the Town Trust. A few copies are still available from the Secretary at £10 including postage.

Pontyclun & Talygarn: A History & Topography published 2002, copies available from the Secretary at £10 plus £2  p. & p. or from the Community Shop in Cowbridge Road, Pontyclun.


For nearly thirty years the Society produced a series of occasional historical pamphlets for free distribution to the membership.  By the end of the century this series had reached no. 125 and the editor decided to call a halt.  They began  as duplicated productions of very poor quality and progressed to a slightly better photocopied format.  A full set can be consulted at the Glamorgan Record Office  or the National Library. In April 2000 a new series was launched which, while breaking new ground in many issues, also attempts to retrieve, in revised format, much of what has already appeared.  Produced three times a year the following issues have appeared.

Volume I No. 1. St y Nill, March 2000; No. 2. Manorial Rentals 1540-1840 July 2000; No. 3. St Fagans in Meisgyn Lordship November 2000; No. 4. The Marcher Lordship of Talygarn March 2001; No. 5. Borough Topography: Swan Street, July 2001; No. 6. Copyholds in Llantrisant Parish, plus index to vol. I.  

Volume II No. 1. The Pentyrch Ironworks; No. 2 The Borough Boundary; No. 3 Llwyncrwn. No. 4 A Chronicle of Llantrisant; No. 5. Radyr in Meisgyn Lordship. No. 6 Argoed Wlad in Clun Lordship plus index to Vol. II.

Volume. III No. 1 Regeneration (Coedely Colliery) by Vernon Harding. No. 2. Growing Up as a  Child in the Thirties & A Village Tradesman in Tonyrefail both by Pat Davies, No. 3 A Short Working Life in Coedely Colliery by Ray Davies & Castellau by J Barry Davies, No. 4. Growing up in a Welsh Mining Village by Vernon Harding; No. 5 The Manor of Pentyrch (Part I); No 6 In Memoriam: Private William R Cox & Private Ivor Jenkins by Noel Israel & J Barry Davies, & Alice Olwen Davies: A Welsh Mam (with a hint of Cornwall) by Pat Davies:

Vol. IV No. 1  Plas y Nodwydd, Tonyrefail by Pat Davies and Pentyrch Copyholds by J Barry Davies. No. 2 Reminiscences of the late Mr John Thomas of Tonyrefail, Women’s work was never done in Coedely by Diane Patrick,  Llantwit Fardre by J. Barry Davies, Fforest Glyn Taf by J. Barrty Davies.  No. 3 The Treorrchi Male Choir by Dean Powell, Coopers, Woodmen & Timber Merchants by J.Barry Davies, Overture, Beginners Please, WNO, by Barbara Phillips.  No. 4. The Pontyclun Chemical Factory by Les Roland and Tylcha and Garth Graban by J. Barry Davires.

A History of Brynsadler and its People by Edgeley Thomas published 2008 £9.95 from the Pontyclun Community Shop.


Glamorgan Local History  Societies

Updated 30/04/2009