Ystradgynlais History




Palleg & Cwmgiedd

Ystradgynlais



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Education in Cwmtwrch

Upper and Lower Cwmtwrch, Ystradgynlais



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Tro'rgleien Primary School was constructed in 1872 and closed on December 12th 1972.


Read More - Tro'r Gleien School



Cwmtwrch School closed in December 2012 and was replaced with a large new Welsh-speaking primary school, Ysgol Gymraeg Dyffryn y Glowyr in Lower Cwmtwrch. The Welsh-speaking intake came from both the old Cwmtwrch and Ynyscedwyn schools, which were then sold off by Powys County Council. The site of the old school is now the Old School Nursery, part of Quids In.


Read More - Cwmtwrch School



The Oddfellows Street Schools

Church and Chapel Schools, Ystradgynlais



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Cynlais School

Heol Giedd, Ystradgynlais

Cynlais Primary School was extensively remodelled in the 1980s when some of the stonework from the old Penrhos School, then being demolished, was used to build several extensions onto the original Cynlais School. Cynlais was closed in July 2012 as part of the reorganisation of local primary schools.


Read More - History of Cynlais Primary School





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Penrhos School

Brecon Road, Ystradgynlais



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Ynyscedwyn School

Ystradgynlais

Ynyscedwyn Primary School opened in 1906. As Ystradgynlais' Welsh language school it was still going strong in the early twenty-first century. However, with the reorganisation where all the smaller local schools were closed, Ynyscedwyn was cited for closure. Delays in the construction of the new Welsh school gave it a brief stay of execution, but it closed its doors for the final time in December 2012.


Read More - History of Ynyscedwyn Primary School





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Gurnos School

Ystradgynlais

Gurnos Primary School had also contained Gurnos Secondary Modern Boys School until the local schools were organised on a comprehensive basis in 1954 with Maesydderwen (formerly the grammar school) taking over the role for all secondary education. After that date, and until its closure in 2012, Gurnos was a school for 4 to 11 year-olds.


Read More - History of Gurnos Primary School





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Glanrhyd School

Ystradgynlais



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Abercrave School

Abercrave



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Education in the Upper Tawe Valley

Schools in Cae Hopkin, Ynyswen, Penycae, & Glyntawe



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The former Cae Hopkin School




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Coelbren School

Coelbren



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Coelbren School in August 2020, several years after being closed.




This view of the closed Coelbren School in Summer 2020 shows clearly the "1912" date stone.





Secondary Education in Ystradgynlais

Maesydderwen, Ynyscedwyn, Gurnos, & College Row

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Maesydderwen School began life as Ystradgynlais County School and moved into the old Maesydderwen Manor in 1911. The manor house burnt down in 1932, and a new school was built on the site, opening in 1934. From September 1954 all children who had attained the age of 11 within the Ystradgynlais district would now be admitted to Maesydderwen, which was organised as a Comprehensive School.


Read More - History of Maesydderwen School





Maesydderwen Manor, the original location of the school




Maesydderwen School




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Major Reorganisations

Education in Ystradgynlais



There were three major reorganisations of education in the Ystradgynlais district - first in the early twentieth century when the council took over provision and built new schools; second after the Second World War when secondary education was reorganised; and third in 2012 when the council closed the smaller schools, and rebuilt fewer but larger schools to serve the modern educational needs of the population.




The 2012/2013 reorganisation of primary schools in the district had an earlier parallel in the 1954 reorganisation of secondary education in Ystradgynlais. You can read more about this in:-
  History of Maesydderwen School
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  Secondary Schools in Ystradgynlais




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Sources & Useful Information

Online Resources for Historians & Genealogists

Ynyscedwyn Estate Papers (held at West Glamorgan Archive Service)
https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/search/archives/95dd982a-7943-30b7-83bc-e615e82f6ba5


Clergy of the Church of England Database (Up to 1835)
https://theclergydatabase.org.uk/


Dictionary of Welsh Biography
https://biography.wales/




Sherrifs of Breconshire (in Welsh)
https://cy.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siryfion_Sir_Frycheiniog_yn_y_19eg_ganrif


Inscriptions at Capri (Non-Catholic Internees) created 1906
https://en.m.wikisource.org/wiki/Page:Notes_and_Queries_-_Series_10_-_Volume_5.djvu/465


Free BMD - Births, Deaths and Marriages (from 1837 onwards)
https://www.freebmd.org.uk/


Welsh Newspaper Archive (1804-1919)
https://newspapers.library.wales/home