The Rhondda Valleys
..............we know the price of coal
Valleys Information and History
Young Rhondda Valleys Miners - Grown up all too soon (click on photo for full image)
I would like to present on these pages, photographs and stories of the Rhondda Valleys, both old and contemporary. Some of the pictures are of a time when our grand parents and great grandparents worked their hearts out to earn a meagre living from the coal mines. Others - many - paid the ultimate price of coal - it cost them their lives. History records such difficult times as the Tonypandy Riot in 1910, where striking coal miners (and their wives) fought baton wielding policemen and troops with bayonets fixed. As time permits I will add more and more to these pages, including as much as I am able of the history of the Rhondda Valleys.
If you can trace your family back to the Rhondda, then your people - like mine - would unlikely have originated from the Rhondda Valleys, the area was not even named the Rhondda Valleys, the area was known as Ystradyfodwg prior to the intensive mining of coal. Your ancestors would have moved to the Rhondda from all areas of Wales, and indeed from many areas of England, in particular the border towns and counties of England like Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. Descendants of these Englishmen and women are now as Welsh as the rest of us. The attraction of the area was a guaranteed job and newly built housing, and an escape from the poverty of working on the land.
Under Rhondda Collieries I believe I have amassed as broad a collection of photographs of the Rhondda's coal mines as all other Rhondda websites put together. I will - on the Family History Page - attempt to point you in the right direction if you are tracing your family history, and the 'My Rhondda Childhood' page will give you an idea of what it was like to grow up in the Rhondda Valleys of the 1950's and 60's.
Click on the towns below to view the postcards and photographs. Most are thumbnails and can be viewed in higher resolution by clicking on the image. By hovering your mouse over the image the description may be read prior to viewing.
I would be only too pleased to accept for publication here any good images of the Rhondda Valleys, past or present, people or places. Please ensure they are not subject to copyright. Please contact me here.
If you have any old Rhondda family photos or pictures of the towns and villages please scan them in at least 1280 pixels width and email them here.
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