NEATH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY
(PRESERVING OUR LOCAL HISTORICAL HERITAGE)
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THIS MONTH'S MYSTERY IMAGES
B970 - NAS members of the 1970s enjoy a day out - but where were they visiting?
D238 - Another of our unknown upland views - who knows their hills?
D576 - Where was this valley street that was so very close to mining activities?
Answers to the previous mystery images:
Intriguingly there was just the one suggestion for this view being: the Hill Tavern in Clent Hills, Stourbridge. But no corroborating evidence or image to support the opinion.
This was how part of the main road through Tonmawr near the Welsh Row Garage looked before being made up and modern day development of houses that are in evidence today.
The location is Ty Maesmarchog, Heol Gaer in Dyffryn Cellwen (Onllwyn). This was the site on which sheltered housing was built in the 1980’s. These have since been demolished and the whole area has now been completely redeveloped by Tai Tarian.
Please be aware that our days of opening are
Monday and Thursday
Covid restrictions and rules have been recinded, although sensible social distancing is recommended.
Mondays - For the public & NAS members - 09:30 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 16:45. providing access to the NAS archive and Family History research computers. Supervised by staff of the West Glamorgan Archive Service.
Thursdays - For the public & NAS members. Access to the NAS ARCHIVE ONLY (no Family History service) - 09:30 to 12:30 operated by NAS volunteers.
For researchers requiring access to the NAS Archive ONLY and who are unable to attend on the days above (e.g. distance/foreign visitors) then it may be possible to arrange a personal appointment. Please apply through the CONTACT US button.
Neath Mechanics' Institute, Church Place, Neath, home of the Society
Formed in 1923 (from the earlier Neath Philosophical Society of 1834), the Neath Antiquarian Society has taken a leading role in recording, preserving and safeguarding Neath's historical heritage. Therefore, the Society began to collect archives relating to the local area and further afield.
Over the decades a considerable amount of material was amassed, dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries, but this was not available to the general public and lacked a proper catalogue. The year 2001 saw the launch of the project 'Unlocking Neath's Archival Heritage', a joint venture between the Neath Antiquarian Society and the West Glamorgan Archive Service: with Heritage Lottery Funding, the entire archive collection was catalogued in detail by staff from the West Glamorgan Archive Service to make it fully available to the public for the first time in 2003.
Where can the documents be seen?
The Neath Antiquarian Society archive collections are held at the Neath Mechanics' Institute. Click here for details of opening hours.
What archives are available?
Records of the Neath Antiquarian Society
Research papers of prominent local historians connected with the Society.
Borough of Neath & Neath Corporation records.
Records of manors and estates, including Gnoll, Eaglesbush, Briton Ferry, Bach-y-gwreiddyn, Little Hill, etc.
Coytrahen and Neath Abbey Estate records.
Collections of documents regarding local events, businesses, chapels and industry.
Maps and plans of the local area.
Advertising material & other related ephemera.
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