Ystradgynlais & District
History and Heritage
Books of Local Interest and Local History
The Half-Shilling Curate, as he was affectionately known by his family, tells the very personal story of an Army Chaplain, the Reverend Herbert Butler Cowl from Christmas Eve 1914 to the end of hostilities in 1919. His descriptive account, from his own personal letters and writings, illustrate the value of faith during the war - the balance between serving God and carrying out his duties as a captain in the British Army. The Half-Shilling Curate by Sarah Reay can be ordered by clicking the ISBN below-
The Swansea Vale Railway - A Midland Outpost relates to the Swansea Vale Railway in the Swansea Valley. The railway also made its way up the Twrch Valley to Cwmtwrch, Cwmllynfell and Brynamman.
Len Ley's history of the iron industry, and the cultural and social changes that industrialisation brought to the Swansea Valley, can only be purchased from Ystradgynlais Volunteer Centre for just £5. Phone 01639-849192 or visit the old Remploy factory, Wind Rd, Glanrhyd, Ystradgynlais.
Fresh Flowers for M'Lady is a history of Craig-y-Nos Castle by Tony Hibbert. Tony Hibbert tells the fascinating story of Craig-y-Nos, in the upper Swansea Valley, and its important role in the industrial and cultural history of South Wales. This was the author's birthplace and family home. For thirty years his grandfather was head gardener to Adelina Patti, the late nineteenth century opera superstar who made Craig-y-Nos Castle her home from 1878 to 1919.
Fresh Flowers For M'Lady at Mollie's Loft - click to order
Penwyllt has a fascinating past. Around the village can be found the evidence of early tramroads, lime-burning, brick-making, and the Neath and Brecon Railway as well as the physical infrastructure of the close-knit former working community. The book describes these various facets of Penwyllt, as well as an overview of the geology, landscape and caves. The book includes three field walks which guide you around what can still be seen in this fascinating and beautiful area.
Penwyllt - click to order
Phoenix of The Valley is an A4 full-colour book produced by Create Space, featuring over 60 poems by Grey Wolf (some available nowhere else), all illustrated with photographs of the Upper Swansea Valley, including Llangiwg Church (now a community arts venue), Saint Cynog's in Ystradgynlais, the Brecon Beacons National Park at Cwm Giedd and Craig-y-Nos, and the Sennybridge Show.
Phoenix of The Valley at CreateSpace - click to order
The Village Pub by William T. Davies is a detailed history of brewing in the Neath and Swansea valleys and the history and heritage of the local pubs of the area. All proceeds from sale of this book go towards Ystradgynlais Community Hospital.
The Village Pub
Published by Dinewfr Press, copies of the book can be ordered either by telephoning them on 01269-850576 or emailing the author direct on WilliamTD@yahoo.co.uk
Swansea Pals by Bernard Lewis is a history of the Swansea Batallion, part of the 38th Welsh Division and the engagements which it took part in during the First World War.
Swansea Pals - click to order
Local author J. Gethin Williams' book 'From Miner to Millionaire' is an account of his father, W. Cyrus Williams' life and career going from miner to owner of a large transport business in Neath. Copies are available for purchase by telephoning the author on 01792-813351.
Still Glow The Embers by Skip Morgan is a history of Scouting in the Upper Swansea Valley.
Still Glow The Embers - click to order
The Neath and Brecon Railway - A History, by Gwyn Briwnant Jones, Denis Dunstone and Tudor Watkins
The Neath and Brecon Railway - click to order
Eileen Baker wrote two autobiographical memoirs of life growing up in the Swansea Valley, the first of which is titled 'Yan Boogie'. Our Ystalyfera History website has a section on Eileen Baker.
Yan Boogie - click to order
The Joneses and Penderels of Garth, Rhydyfro, Pontardawe by Elizabeth F Belcham, reflects through the lives of some remarkable men and women a changing historical landscape of Neath, Swansea, Pontardawe and Carmethenshire. With over 325 pages with 400 illustrations, available for £25 from Jenny Morris at email@example.com.
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