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Entry #: 40 Entry Date: 2015-01-07 20:13:12  

Name: Michael Raab

Visitor Comments: Greetings! Thank you for this excellent website and resource. I'm a resident of the United States near Philadelphia and have traced several relatives to the area.

I am interested in the Morgan family that resided near the lead mine in the mid to late 1800s. Specifically Catherine Morgan b Jul 1857 (seems to have come to the United states in the mid 1870s) and her parents Walter (b~1825) and Mary Ann (b~1824). Walter appears to have been a sawyer at the mine and lived there into the early 1900s.

Catherine married John M Williams (b 1852), whose parents I believe were Morgan and Sarah Williams.

John had a sister Sarah married to a Timothy Theophilus, a surname that I saw referenced in some of the photos on the site.

Any details or insight into these families would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance, and again thank you for a beautiful and informative website.

Michael Raab   ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Entry #: 39 Entry Date: 2014-09-07 22:30:52  

Name: Dafydd

Visitor Comments: In the recently published local history book “Blaenau Tywi, Enwau yn y tirwedd - Names in the landscape”, an attempt was made to record and map the old cottages. Rhandir Ucha was not included in the Rhandir-mwyn area. (It might have been missed).

From 1841 census, the Middle Hamlet (Cynghordy today) there was a Mary Parry living in Noyaddfach, district 4, no. 15 (near to Glancrychan) and a Thomas Parry in Clunboidy.

Also from the NLW estate records a “Rhandir issa, parish of Llavair ar y brin” is mentioned in 1606.   ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Entry #: 38 Entry Date: 2014-08-28 17:45:22  

Name: Adrian Parry

Visitor Comments: I am trying to trace the location of Rhandir Ucha. It was the abode of Ann PARRY when she was buried at Llanfair ar y bryn on 15 January 1835.

I have tried the old maps web-site with no success, so I would appreciate any help in locating the place.   ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Entry #: 37 Entry Date: 2014-04-24 16:18:01  

Name: Alun Jones

Visitor Comments: Please find below a link to short film clip of a Welsh rock band 'Brigyn' who used the inside of the old Oak tree as a film location. They are singing in Welsh. 'Popeth yn ei le'. - translated means 'Everything in its place'. The old tree known as 'Y Dderwen Fawr' is located at the side of the roadway in Rhandirmwyn. It is well worth seeing.

http://www.brigyn.com/english/video-popethyneile.html

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Entry #: 36 Entry Date: 2014-04-24 16:02:29  

Name: Joyce and Charlie Marrell

Visitor Comments: I hope you don't mind me contacting you in this way. My husband and I are coming to the UK in a few weeks time and we are looking forward to spending a lot of our time out in your woods and country areas so that we can see the aspects of nature which we don't have here in Australia. I have found some information on an ancient tree which is hollow inside where between two and three people can stand inside. I am wondering if I have described the tree which you have in your beautiful area. If this is so, is it possible to visit this tree and are you able to give me any directions please. This would be such a highlight of our holiday.

I look forward to your reply and thank you so much for your time as it is greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,

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Entry #: 35 Entry Date: 2014-04-03 09:42:37  

Name: Hugh Ratzer

Visitor Comments:
G W Hall, Dave Seabourne and myself dewatered and explored the upper boat level some years back. We got as far as the 'loop' section shown on the plan.The level was blocked by a collapse just beyond this point. We needed to keep a pump running all the time we were underground and attempts to proceed through the blockage became too problematical. GWH may have had some records, I will check the archive if this is relevant.

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Entry #: 34 Entry Date: 2014-04-03 09:40:26  

Name: Alun Jones

Visitor Comments: I am researching the history of the Nantymwyn lead mine, Rhandirmwyn. My ancestors worked there including my father.
The mine closed in 1932. Would anyone who has any information, maps and photographs of the old mine please contact me.    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Entry #: 33 Entry Date: 2013-08-03 10:11:22  

Name: Alun Jones

Visitor Comments: Wartime Evacuees staying in Rhandirmwyn. The following are names of two of the tutors and students who stayed at Nantyglo Farm, Rhandirmwyn. Any information about them would be appreciated.

Names of evacuees staying in Nantyglo
Ms Bromley Smith (teacher)
Miss Tremberth (teacher)

Students
Harold Heart
Peter Curtis
Peter Rust
Tom Wallace
Dennis ? (from Swansea)

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Entry #: 32 Entry Date: 2013-07-15 06:57:17  

Name: Tudor JONES (London)

Visitor Comments: I have a nam,e Glenis from Joe's adress book as a R resident

Admin Reply: Dear Tudor This is very interesting. I only know of one family with a person named Glenys who lived in Rhandirmwyn at that time. I will try to get more information. Could you contact me via alun@rhandirmwyn.net. I am unable to get your e.mail address via the guestbook. Regards Alun

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Entry #: 31 Entry Date: 2013-07-14 07:21:15  

Name: Tudor JONES (London)

Visitor Comments: I am trying to find out about my late uncle Joe who we bury on Tues. He was one of the Streatham Evacueees from Woodmansterne School. He came with his bro Frank. He was named Schweikert -changed to ROBERTS in 1948 & kept in touch for many years with the village.They visited about 15 years ago.He was my Mum's bro - my Dad born1900 was an Aber man who came to London as a chemist. They often talked fondly of your home but what a difference from S London. Joe bunked his lessons & helped on the farms. Hius brother killed at Cassino & father both came down to see the boys. I have a Pilgrims Progress & bible frrom the Minister at Syon for Sunday school attendance - it didnt stick!!

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Entry #: 30 Entry Date: 2013-07-11 15:38:40 -- Edited On: 2013-07-11 16:10:00  

Name: Gwynfor Jones

Visitor Comments:
I would like congratulate Alun for creating this wonderful site. I was born and lived at Cartref Nant y Bai in 1958 and would play among the ruins of Wenci St and the old Bron Cwrt, I cherish many happy memories of Rhandirmwyn and its people, some of which are included in this site, Davy Jones Plas Newydd who assured us that he was petrified of the dark but was often seen out of my bedroom window returning from the Towy in the early hours with a salmon tucked under his arm, then there was Dan Theophelos who would chase me off his land whenever I crossed with a gun under my arm. Little did I know at the time that he was protecting the Kite's nest. I am most indebted to Dafydd Davis Headmaster of Rhandirmwyn school, where the classroom had no walls, they extended to the fields and mountains of the locality and we would become part of the nature that surrounded us. I visit whenever I can and often feel the "Hiraeth" when I'm away. How lucky I have been. Diolch Alun
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Entry #: 30 Entry Date: 2013-07-11 15:38:40 -- Edited On: 2013-07-11 16:10:00  

Name: Gwynfor Jones

Visitor Comments:
I would like congratulate Alun for creating this wonderful site. I was born and lived at Cartref Nant y Bai in 1958 and would play among the ruins of Wenci St and the old Bron Cwrt, I cherish many happy memories of Rhandirmwyn and its people, some of which are included in this site, Davy Jones Plas Newydd who assured us that he was petrified of the dark but was often seen out of my bedroom window returning from the Towy in the early hours with a salmon tucked under his arm, then there was Dan Theophelos who would chase me off his land whenever I crossed with a gun under my arm. Little did I know at the time that he was protecting the Kite's nest. I am most indebted to Dafydd Davis Headmaster of Rhandirmwyn school, where the classroom had no walls, they extended to the fields and mountains of the locality and we would become part of the nature that surrounded us. I visit whenever I can and often feel the "Hiraeth" when I'm away. How lucky I have been. Diolch Alun  ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Entry #: 29 Entry Date: 2013-06-20 13:12:08 -- Edited On: 2013-06-20 13:13:00  

Name: Cindy Wilson

Visitor Comments: What a lovely site, I have enjoyed looking through the photographs.
Do you have any of Brook Cottage. My dad was born here in 1941?

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Entry #: 28 Entry Date: 2013-05-14 13:07:40  

Name: Alfred Phillips

Visitor Comments: I AM ENDEAVOURING TO DISCOVER SOME DETAILS AND HISTORY OF MY LATE FATHER. HIS NAME WAS DAVID JAMES PHILLIPS AND HE DID LIVE AT SOME POINT IN RHANDIRMWN.

THE LITTLE I KNOW IS THAT HIS FATHER (MY GRANDFATHER) WAS A LEAD MINER FROM CORNWALL WHO CAME TO WALES TO ASSIST WITH THE OPENING OF A LEAD MINE IN THE LATE 1800'S. HIS NAME WAS ALFRED PHILLIPS AND HE MARRIED A LOCAL GIRL CALLED MARY MORGAN OR EVANS. DATE OF MARRIAGE WAS 1898.

I UNDERSTAND (FROM WHAT MY MOTHER TOLD ME) THAT MY FATHER WAS BORN ABOUT 1900 AND LOST HIS ARM WHILE STILL A BOY WHEN MY GRAND FATHER TOOK HIM TO SEE THE LEAD MINE AND HIS ARM GOT CAUGHT IN MACHINERY.

I ALSO BELIVE THAT HE LIVED AND WORKED ON A FARM WITH HIS MOTHER IN OR NEAR RHANDIRMWYN UNTIL 1930'S.

HE HAD A BROTHER CALLED SAMUEL PHILLIPS EITHER A YEAR YOUNGER OR OLDER THAN MY FATHER. SAMUEL WAS A VILLAGE POSTMAN THIS MIGHT BE IN RHANDIRMWYN.

MY FATHER WAS A WELSH SPEAKER AND THE ONLY THING I HAVE OF HIS IS A WELSH LANGUAGE NEW TESTAMENT AND HE HAS WRITTEN AN ADDRESS IN THE TESTAMENT:-

TROEDEHIEUFALLEN OR TROEDEHIERFALLEN

RHANDIRMWYN

LLANDOVERY

I WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD HELP WITH ANY BIT OF INFORMATION.

KIND REGARDS
ALFRED.
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Admin Reply: Details forwarded to Drew Evans, Canada who is researching his family history which includes the Phillips Family of Troedrhiwafallen, Rhandirmwyn. It is nice to see we can help with family history research.    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Entry #: 27 Entry Date: 2012-10-28 20:46:08  

Name: S Padden

Visitor Comments: My ancestors David Lewis and Letticie Griffiths died at Broncwrt, Rhandirmwyn in 1816 and 1817 respectively. They were married in Llanfair-ar-y-bryn in 1763. Their son David Lewis married Ann Williams at Cilycwm in 1789 and their descendants were blacksmiths Tan-y-pal, Cefn Pal Llangadock(g) and Llandingat. The Lewis' produced a large family including William Lewis of Llandyfan Forge, Llandeilo and ultimately William Rufus Lewis, founder of Gorseinon. On the way they produced pioneers in Goshen Utah, the Welsh settlement of Arvonia, Kansas and the goldfields of Victoria, Australia. I was delighted to see that Broncwrt still exists and am looking for Refailfach, Rhandir Ucha, the home of Isaac Lewis, blacksmith in 1841. Contact website if you have any information alun@rhandirmwyn.net    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Entry #: 26 Entry Date: 2012-10-28 15:14:26  

Name: Emma Ewart Glasgow

Visitor Comments: I am doing my family history and my great grandfather Rhys Jones was born in Rhandir-Mwyn in 1819. His parents were William Jones a miner and Ann Jones, (also her Maiden name).
I have a marriage certificate for Rhys in Merthyr Tydfil in 1845 and subsequent census entry for 1851 again in Merthyr Tydfil. Rhys and family then moved to Scotland - hence my connection.
If anyone has information in relation to the Jones line, please contact the website. e.mail alun@rhandirmwyn.net   ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Entry #: 25 Entry Date: 2012-10-18 14:24:01 -- Edited On: 2012-10-18 14:38:00  

Name: Alun Jones

Web Site: www.rhandirmwyn.net

Visitor Comments: WANTED any old photographs of Rhandirmwyn. We are at present in the process of compiling a book of photographs which hopefully will be published next year (2013).
If you have any photograph(s) which you think suitable for inclusion then please contact me via e.mail alun@rhandirmwyn.net or telephone 07581231436 or forward a copy via e.mail with minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
We are looking for photographs of the Nantymwyn lead mine, building of Llyn Brianne Reservoir, Farming, Village Show, Landscape, People, Twm Siôn Cati's Cave - you may have taken photographs whilst visiting there. Any events in the area during the past years.

Diolch yn fawr


Alun Jones  

Admin Reply: The response has been good with many contacts made and new photographs obtained. If you have any old photographs that you wish to share then we would like to have copies. Many thanks Alun Jones   ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Entry #: 24 Entry Date: 2012-10-03 10:43:43  

Name: Neil Regent

Visitor Comments: Morgan and Margaret Lloyd were my great grand parents who lived at Tinbwl during the mid to later 1800s. With invaluable assistance from Alun Jones and Dafydd Tomas we found the remains of their home, Tinbwl, on the side of a hill in the Gwenffrwd valley. A beautiful spot and a wonderful experience for us.

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Entry #: 23 Entry Date: 2012-09-19 11:00:35  

Name: Andy C

Visitor Comments: Please fix the images for Llyn Brianne - apple mobile me is long gone, and thus the amazing pictures you posted up there are good too!

Admin Reply: Latest News - New photographs of the valley before and during the building of Llyn Brianne Reservoir coming soon.    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Entry #: 22 Entry Date: 2012-08-31 13:54:46  

Name: Pat Schumacher

Visitor Comments: I will be visiting Rhandirmwyn in late September 2012, from America, and am researching the Renowden and the James David Reese families. They left Rhandirmwyn in 1882. James was born at Crincae farm and Amelia Renowden was born on Pannau Street; her father John, owned the Royal Oak Inn. I would appreciate any suggestions to assist me in discovering my Rhandirmyn roots. Thank you. Pat Schumacher

Admin Reply: It was wonderful to meet Pat and her brother Bob. She brought with her photographs of old Rhandirmwyn, including the Miners Arms Public House. We were able to help with her research into the history of the Renowden Family and she is now in possession of a book (Pilgrims Progress) which contains the details of births (including times of birth) of members of her family born in the Royal Oak, Rhandirmwyn. Thank you Pat for the wonderful photographs, many are now on display on the website.    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Entry #: 21 Entry Date: 2012-05-29 12:30:21  

Name: Dale Daniel

Web Site: The Village That Refused To Die

Visitor Comments: Visited Rhandimirwyn in 2007. My Great Great Grandfather John Daniel was lead mine manager there c 1841 and lived in Pannau Street. His son also called John Daniel upped sticks from Llandovery in 1871 and came to live in County Durham in 1871.