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 NEATH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY

PRESERVING OUR LOCAL HISTORICAL HERITAGE

FOR OVER A CENTURY

 

WHO COULD PAINT YOUR HOUSE?

(IF HE WASN'T PLAYING CRICKET)

Martyn Griffiths will tell you in

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THIS MONTH'S MYSTERY IMAGES

All decked out for Harvest Festival - what church/chapel is this?

Where did this railway run past this row of houses?

What railway station is this?

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Answers to the previous mystery images:

The location is Brook Lane off the Bwlch Road from Cimla.

 

 

 

“The location of the drain or manhole cover is roughly between Monty's Coffee Shop and the Cadno Lounge in Water Street. The cover probably dates from the 1860s and is of a design specified by the Neath Corporation when it was laying sewers through the town. The coloured engineer’s drawing is from the contract drawing for one of those sewers and the drawing itself is held at Neath Mechanics, Institute. The cover was designed to be filled with materials, perhaps stone cobbles or simple hard-core and stone dust, to match the surroundings. At the suggestion of the Neath Antiquarians, the cover was preserved by the Council when the Water Street development was carried out and placed at the corner of one of the planted areas. It was nice to see an original feature preserved, but it also reminds us that the provision of sewerage and clean water in the town probably saved more lives than all the doctors put together.” (The following images show the location in context to its surroundings and the plan referred to).

 

 

This is Ena Avenue looking towards Cimla Road and onward into Rugby Avenue

 

 

 

This rather ornate lamp standard may have been gas lit at one time and then converted to electric. It seems out of use at the time of the photograph. Opinion is that it is not a location anywhere near Neath and may even be London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Please be aware that our days of opening are

Monday  and Thursday

Mondays - For the public & NAS members - (09:30 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 16:45) providing access to the NAS archive and access to computer resources for Family History researchers.  This service is supervised by staff of the West Glamorgan Archive Service.  

Thursdays - For the public & NAS members (09:30 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 16:45) providing access to the NAS archive with access to computer resources for Family History researchers with assistance/guidance available from a dedicated staff member of the West Glamorgan Archive Service.

PLEASE BE ADVISED - IF YOU KNOW WHAT ITEMS YOU WISH TO VIEW AND HAVE THE CATALOGUE NUMBER(S), THEN TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS YOU CAN PRE-ORDER (EIGHT DAYS IN ADVANCE) USING THE CONTACT US FORM.

NOTE - For researchers requiring access to the NAS Archive ONLY and who are unable to attend on the days above (e.g. distance/foreign visitors) then it may be possible to arrange a personal appointment. Please apply through the CONTACT US button.   

 

Neath Mechanics' Institute, Church Place, Neath, home of the Society

Formed in 1923 (from the earlier Neath Philosophical Society of 1834), the Neath Antiquarian Society has taken a leading role in recording, preserving and safeguarding Neath's historical heritage. Therefore, the Society began to collect archives relating to the local area and further afield.

Over the decades a considerable amount of material was amassed, dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries, but this was not available to the general public and lacked a proper catalogue. The year 2001 saw the launch of the project 'Unlocking Neath's Archival Heritage', a joint venture between the Neath Antiquarian Society and the West Glamorgan Archive Service: with Heritage Lottery Funding, the entire archive collection was catalogued in detail by staff from the West Glamorgan Archive Service to make it fully available to the public for the first time in 2003.

 

Where can the documents be seen?

The Neath Antiquarian Society archive collections are held at the Neath Mechanics' Institute.   Click here for details of opening hours.

 

What archives are available?

Records of the Neath Antiquarian Society

Research papers of prominent local historians connected with the Society.

Borough of Neath & Neath Corporation records.

Records of manors and estates, including Gnoll, Eaglesbush, Briton Ferry, Bach-y-gwreiddyn, Little Hill, etc.

Coytrahen and Neath Abbey Estate records.

Collections of documents regarding local events, businesses, chapels and industry.

Maps and plans of the local area.

Advertising material & other related ephemera.

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All information is presented in good faith and no responsibility can be accepted for any omissions or errors that may occur from time to time.

Aknowledgements

1. Thanks to the County & City of Swansea and their officials for providing information pages relating to the Neath Antiquarian Society within their website and for their continued support of the Society's objectives.

2. Additionally, a thank you to all of our fellow Societies and individuals who have linked our website into their domains and social media outlets.

 

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