Ystradgynlais & District

History and Heritage

The Gwyn Arms, Cwmtawe Uchaf

The Gwyn Arms was named for the local landlowner in the 19th century, Howel Gwyn, who would also give his name to Gwyn Hall, Neath, and who is remembered on a statue in Victoria Gardens. The Gwyn Arms remains open today, for both food and drink.

From the Llais

The Labour Voice newspaper of 1st July 1916 records the marriage of Annie Morgan of the Gwyn Arms:-

Miss Annie Morgan of the Gywn Arms was married on Thursday last to Private T. Francis, Pontardawe, of the R.A.M.C. Pte. Francis who is in France was home on a few days' leave and was married in the interval. The ceremony took place at Pontardawe.

Some of the details about pubs in the Swansea Valley and Coelbren were sourced from 'The Village Pub' by William T. Davies,a detailed history of brewing in the Neath and Swansea valleys and the history and heritage of the local pubs of the area. All proceeds from sale of this book go towards Ystradgynlais Community Hospital. Published by Dinewfr Press, copies of the book can be ordered either by telephoning them on 01269-850576 or emailing the author direct on WilliamTD@yahoo.co.uk.

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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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