Ystradgynlais & District

History and Heritage

Ystradgynlais New War Memorial

The War Memorial in Ystradgynlais is being remodelled, to include updated memorial plaques which include some spelling corrections of the names of local men among the fallen, as well as a few additional names, who had been left off when the memorial was first created in the 1970s. The access to the memorial has been improved by the creation of a single gateway into Gorsedd Park and a new pathway and base area around the war memorial.

It is of note that 2016 is the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, in which many local men fought, and several lost their lives.


 
A concrete platform was laid at the start of September, including a path to replace the previous access over grass.   The large stone from the old monument is central to the new design, but is now anchored at ground level, not raised high.

 
Two wings are being constructed to either side of the large central stone.   The new concrete path to the memorial is reached from the now opened-up gateway area.

 
When complete, the new memorial will look pretty much like this photograph at a distance, taken in mid September 2016.   The new memorial will be easily visible from the main road running through Ystradgynlais.

 
The core of the two new wings to the war memorial has been constructed of breeze blocks.   This view from towards the centre of Gorsedd Park looks out to the war memorial and the bridge.

 
     

 
     

 
    The two wings have been dressed in stone, apart from the central recessed area where the new plaques will go.

 
     
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.


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Valley Boys in the Great War

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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