Glynneath and Cwmgwrach Historical Society

Pontneddfechan Gunpowder Works
Welcome to our website. Here you will find our programme of meetings for 2019/2020 and images and links for our local area and from our photo archive.

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MEETINGS PROGRAMME – We meet the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm in the Glynneath Training Centre. Our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING takes place 2nd October at 7pm and will be followed by a presentation         

2 October 19 WALES IN 100 ITEMS Mr Andrew Green  

6 November 19     PRE-INDUSTRIAL SWANSEA Dr Gerald Gabb 

4 December 19     THE EGAN LETTERS Mr Ian Currie

8 January 20       OUR VALLEY in TIMES GONE BY Mr Graham Morris

5 February 20        NEATH ABBEY WOOLEN MILL Mr Vivian Griffiths

4 March 20            RAY MILLAND Phil Davies

1 April 20          FUNERAL TRADITIONS IN WALES Non Thomas

6 May 20                ‘ROGUES AND VAGABONDS’. Mrs Elizabeth Belcham

If you would like to download and print a copy of the Heritage Trail leaflet please click on this link GLYNNEATH & CWMGWRACH HERITAGE TRAIL LEAFLET      

All meetings take place at the Fane Arts Centre within Glynneath Training Centre, Oddfellows Street, Glynneath SA11 5DB. Meetings start at 7.00pm and are held on the first Wednesday of each month (from September to May). The venue for meetings has modern facilities that are fully accessible to people with disabilities. Ample car parking is available close by.

Membership of the Society costs £7.00 annually and new members will be warmly welcomed. Further information can be obtained from Graham Morris on 01639 722105 or e mail

Do you have old photographs,slides or postcards of the Glynneath & Cwmgwrach areas? Please help us.

If you have old photographs of Glynneath, Cwmgwrach or the surrounding areas ? Would you like to archive and share your images ?  We will arrange high quality scanning of your images (performed by Saturn Films 1969 based in Cwmgwrach), provide you with a usb of the scans and store copies in our digital archive. The images would be annotated and, with your written permission, published on our website. This will ensure that important old images of our locality are not lost but safeguarded for future generations. All too often people pass away and old photographs are thrown out but we have a use for them. Please help our Society to preserve our local heritage.

Mr. Roy Bowen has created a website featuring photographs of Glynneath, Cwmgwrach and the surrounding areas that formed part of his late father’s photographic collection. To see these photographs click on this link

Visit Glynneath

Apart form dropping into our local shops which include an award nominated wool and needlework shop, there are many reasons to visit our villages Glynneath, Cwmgwrach, Pontneathvaughan at the top of the Neath Valley in South Wales.

There are many walks or cycle routes that can be followed from the village. Our canal which weaves through the valley to Neath is one example. There are the old iron works, there is the the viaduct on Brunels’ railway, the fascinating Cwm Gwrelych Geo Heritage Trail and more.

A view from the site of the gunpowder works

Glynneath is becoming known as the ‘Gateway to Welsh Waterfall Country’. There are many waterfalls in our valley and just over a mile away lies the small village of Pontneathvaughan. From here you can follow some wonderful paths along the rivers and see the many waterfalls. Or you can follow the gentle and informative walk through our gunpowder works.

A walk by part of the gunpowder works undergoing preservation.

Glynneath lies on the Southern side of Brecon Beacons National Park. It is a short drive to places like the National Showcaves Centre at Dan-yr-Ogof for example or to the Brecon Moutain Railwaynear Merthyr Tydfil.

Once you have trekked or rambled, cycled or walked you can refresh yourselves in one of several ‘locals’. In Pontneathvaughan there is the ‘Old White Horse Inn’ and the ‘Angel’, both great for food too. There is the ‘Gadlys’ cafe which is excellent for a drink and a snack. Towards Glynneath there is the ‘Halfway house’ pub and then the ‘Dinas Rock’ pub. On the other side of Glynneath there is the ‘Lamb and Flag’, a great place to eat and stay.

If you fancy a spot of Rugby Glynneath RFC play at Abernant Park in Glynneath and you are sure to be welcome if you drop in for a drink or to watch a game. Visit the website to see whats going on.

Abernant Park, home of Glynneath RFC.

In Glynneath we have an historical society which meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm at Glynneath Training Centre. Subjects covered are varied and not just local interest. Visitors are most welcome.

Relaxing watching the world go by on Glynneath High Street – Neath Valley Wool Shop

So please visit us in Glynneath and discover our village and our local heritage. We are sure you will not be disappointed.