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Aberfan Disaster - 1966


Aberfan, The Valley.

(Postcard courtesy of Gill Thomas, West Grove, Merthyr Tydfil)

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The Aberfan Valley

(Photograph Courtesy of the Kenneth J. Gunter Collection)


Charabanc outing at Bryntaff.

(Photograph Courtesy of Maureen Williams)


Gathering at Bryntaff Quarry - 1929

(Photograph Courtesy of Rhuddwen Jones)


Jazz Band parades in a quarry. 1933.

(Courtesy of the Merthyr Express June 17th 1933)


Bryntaf Ladies Band

Top Row L-R:            Will Drage, Leslie Arnold & Ernie Morgan

Middle Row L-R:       Dai Thomas, Valerie Jones, I Morgan, Joan Palmer, Marlene Sirrel, Ruby Jenkins, Megan Ascot,

                                 Gwyneth Moon, Peggy Evans ( Band Leader) ??Morgan, Molly O'Brien, Shirley Lucas, Jean Prosser,

                                 G. Jones & Marlene Jones.

Bottom Row L-R:      W. Rees, Frank Warren, I. Cartwright, Elise Turner, Margaret Davies, E. Green, Shirley Jones, Joan Rees,

                                 Mary Cartwright, ?Davies, Beryl Davy, ???-???-Nancy Rees, Mary Harris, Joyce Hughes & Ernie Jones

(Photograph Courtesy of Rhuddwen Jones)


Bryntaf Ladies Football Team - 1951.

Back Row L-R:           Mary Harris, Olga Powell, Violet Morgan, Minnie Catwright, Betty Carpenter,

                                  Christine Jones (Rhuddwen's Mother)

Front Row L-R:          Lorain Closton, Mrs. Scrivens, ?, Florrie Bevan.

(Photograph Courtesy of Rhuddwen Jones)



Aberfan Crescent Jazz Band, with the cinema and Miners' Welfare Hall in the background..

(Photograph Courtesy of Maureen Hughes)


S. O. Davies at the cinema in Aberfan 1935.


Aberfan / Merthyr Vale, St Mary the Virgin Church.

Postcard from the Leo Davies collection.

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Aberfan, taken shortly after the disaster, showing St Mary the Virgin's Church and a visiting fair

(Photograph courtesy of Islwyn Groves, via Terry Sergeant)


Aberfan Coons Jazz Band - 1934 - British & Colonial Champions


Back Row L-R:           Dai Jones, Will Drage, Oscar Harding, Tommy Alder, Tommy Lloyd, Jack Grey, Ernie Morgan,

                                 Eddie Meredith, Will Cartwright, Sid Like, ??

Fourth Row L-R:         Wyndham Green, Roy Jones, Edger Hughes, Ernie Jones, Ken Bailey,Charlie Thomas,

                                Maldwyn Roberts, Ronnie Mitton, Ron Jones, Bill Clayton, Jacky Griffiths, Dai Harding,

                                Hadyn Williams.

Third Row L-R:           Ernie Morgan Jnr ( son ), Danny Thomas, Lloyd Jones, Dinny Flynn, Will Angel, Wybert Bendall,

                                Billy Alder, Eddie Murphy, Charlie Payne, Will John-Thomas, Tom Evans, & Will Morgan.

Second Row L-R:       Tommy John, Steve Donoghue, Billy Colston, Percy Williams, Frank Warren, Selwyn Miller,

                                Will Gough, Will Swift-Jones, Peter Doolan, ?Warren,  & Tommy Murphy.

Bottom Row L-R:        Josey Murphy, Bert Murphy, Dai Thomas, & Ronnie Cartwright.

(Photograph courtesy of Terry Robbins, Information Courtesy of Mrs. Rhuddwen Jones)


Aberfan - Mackintosh Darts Team - 1976c

Back Row L-R:                             Les Warren, Dennis Neal, Gareth Thomas, Barry Davies, Haydyn Emanuel, Roy Parker ( Publican), Brian Locke, Vaughan Williams,

                                                    Joey Probert, Roy Galliers, Colin Mulcahy, Gwyn Drage & Derek Jones.
Front Row L-R:                            Wyndam Green , Dickie Sands (sender of photo) & Unknown.

(Photograph Courtesy of Richard Sands & Further Names Provided by Alun Pryce)


Aberfan Stars A.F.C - 1924-1925

(Photograph courtesy of Terry Robbins)

Nixon's Navigation Colliery. (Postcard courtesy of Mrs Thomas, West Grove.)
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View of Aberfan 1989.

(E-Mailed by Wayne Morris.)

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Aberfan Cemetery, Merthyr Vale Colliery and Merthyr Vale.

(E-Mailed by Wayne Morris)

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(Photograph courtesy of Carl Llewellyn)

Queen Elizabeth II at Aberfan Cemetery from 9th - 10th March 1973



The Bowling Green.

(Photograph courtesy of Carl Llewellyn)

Aberfan R.R. Station


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Aberfan - Train on the Rhymney Railway Line

(Photograph Courtesy of Maureen Hughes)



This fine car with Chauffer, decorated probably for the 1951 Festival of Britain.

(Photograph courtesy of Clive Thomas)



Perthygleision in the 1920s. Smyrna Chapel Charabanc outing.

(Photograph courtesy of Clive Thomas)


Perthyglesion Crescent, Aberfan

(Photograph courtesy of Dave Pilbrow)


Perthygleision Infants School - 1952

 Top Row L-R:              David Jones, Ralph Childerstone, Delsie Berry, Marilyn Gough, Jeanette Mortimer, Silvia Hollett,

                                  Megan Evans, & Chris Davies,

 Middle Row L-R:         Mansel Bunford, Ken Thomas, Raymond Barrett, John Manion, Bernard Rees, Jeffery Morris,

                                  Lyn Davies, Tony Price, John Hothkison, Idris Vaughan, & Frankie Thomas.

 Bottom Row L-R:        Marlene Payne, Ann Cullis, Marlene Brown, Pat Barnard, Jean Sirill, June Carpenter, Rosina Kinsey,

                                  Sheila Power, Maureen Lock, Rhuddwen Jones, & Ann Hollett 

(Photograph & Information Courtesy of Rhuddwen Jones)


Aberfan Pantomine - Held at The Hall at the top of Coronation Street - 1949/50

(Photograph Courtesy of Joyce Lewis)




Bethania Chapel

Sam Lewis stands in front of the ruins of Bethania

with a model of the Chapel.



Canonbie Crescent Special Bus - 1963

(Photograph courtesy of David Chillcott)

Nixonville - 1970's


Aberfan ladies football match 1967

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River Taff - Aberfan Near Perthygleision - Early 1900s

Coracles used in the search for a drowned boy.


Clive Davies of Penydarren sends a story to us about this photograph;

  The sad death of Cromwell Davies, who fell into the river Taff and drowned and the coracle men from Carmathern came with their boats strapped to their backs and recovered the body of the young boy. This sad tale also tells that at a time when all a man had was his wages, miners from the pit gave up their wages to help (albeit unsuccessfully) to search for the body. This poor lad is buried at the Aberfan Cemetery.

By Muriel Davies.



John Thomas sent us this Headway February 1972 Newsletter by the  Aberfan and Merthyr Vale Community Association (Click on to Enlarge)

John is in the middle with the teachers hand on his shoulder.





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