The Rhondda Valleys
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Valleys Information and History
Old Photos of the Coal Mines / Pits / Collieries in Ton Pentre in the Rhondda
The story of David Griffiths - a Ton Pentre Miner.
David Griffiths - back row left with a group of other Maindy Colliery workers.
David Griffiths was born in Trefeglwys, near Llanidloes
in the county of Montgomeryshire in around 1853. At an early age
he worked in the lead mines of Trefeglwys, a dangerous occupation
with a life expectancy of no more than 40 years. He married Mary
in Gleiniant C.M. Chapel in Trefeglwys on the 25th March 1880.
Montgomeryshire, Gleiniant C.M. Chapel Trefeglwys, Copyright John Lucas
On the 1881 census David and Mary are living at a property named Tan y Fron, in Llanidloes, and they have a young daughter named Sarah, and David's occupation is a lead ore miner. In 1882 they moved to the Rhondda Valleys and he began work in the Maindy Colliery in Ton Pentre. The lead mines throughout Wales were becoming less profitable and this was the possible reason they had made the move to the Rhondda.
On the 1891 census David and Mary Griffiths are living at 12, Incline Row in Ton Pentre, and David is a coal miner. Their daughter Sarah is now aged 11, and they have two further daughters - Mary aged 9, and Elizabeth aged 7.
Rhondda Valleys, Ton Pentre, Maindy Colliery - far left standing is David Griffiths born 1853 - retired aged 73
In a media article in 1930 dedicated to David
and Mary's golden wedding anniversary, it states that David had
worked at the Maindy colliery in Ton Pentre until his retirement
in 1926 - aged 73. They certainly do not make men like him any
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