Ystradgynlais & District

History and Heritage

Ystradgynlais History and Heritage

Ystradgynlais is an old mining and industrial town in the Swansea Valley and many remnants of those times can still be found in the local area, including the iconic Ynyscedwyn Ironworks arches, in Glanrhyd.


The history of the Gorsedd Stones, Ystradgynlais, and of the 1954 National Eisteddfod of Wales is covered in detail, as is that of Maesydderwen School, from its beginnings in the old Maesydderwen Mansion associated with the Ynyscedwyn Ironworks.

South Wales was also a centre of the religious revival in the nineteenth century that saw a score or more of different independent chapels established in the district of Ystradgynlais. Many of these are now being closed, and sold or demolished, and we preserve the memory of some of them here. Throughout a lot of local history, the name of the Gough family shines out, as local landowners and benefactors of chapels, schools and charitable enterprises throughout the district.

All copyright remains with the original copyright holder, and all original research is copyright Val Trevallion, YEARGroup and is put online as a free community project by Wolfian Design. You can contact the Ystradgynlais and Ystalyfera History and Heritage websites by emailing:- contact@ystradgynlais-history.co.uk or Val Trevallion by emailing:-

Remembering The Fallen
The war graves and remembrance graves of Ystradgynlais and of Ystalyfera form an important part of local history, and on separate domains we have established websites dedicated to preserving the memory of those who fell in the world wars. These websites also index local cemeteries, memorials and monuments, as well as include many excerpts from the Llais newspaper, archived at Ystradgynlais Library.

Ystradgynlais - South Wales

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Valley Boys in the Great War

We are pleased to present our First World War project as a contribution to the Centenary of WWI It is a document entitled: YSTALYFERA YSTRADGYNLAIS And DISTRICT 1914 -1918..

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