Merthyr tydfil iron metropolis life in a welsh industrial town. Merthyr Tydfil 2019-02-17

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Merthyr Tydfil Resource

merthyr tydfil iron metropolis life in a welsh industrial town

Living conditions were so bad in China's slums that for many young offenders sent to prison, the prospect of regular meals and a roof over their head was an improvement on their normal living conditions. Hill, a subject I had an interest in, reading the bible to my gran. The demand for iron was also fuelled by the , which needed cannon for its ships, and later by the railways. From this time on Dowlais was to expand and develop into the largest and best ironworks in the world. Goronwy Jones he wrote a book An epic in its way, The life and times of Cardiff Welsh This book it did portray. People continued to be self-sufficient, living by farming and later by trading.

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Merthyr Tydfil Iron Metropolis: Keith Strange

merthyr tydfil iron metropolis life in a welsh industrial town

For some reason we all went into the Bs, with Paul early on being transferred to the A stream. In the world before the Industrial Revolution there were strict limits on what was achievable. Compared with Merthyr, it is curiously passionless. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning about the 19th century in the town. Intermarriage with local women had occurred and many auxiliary veterans had settled locally on farms. Between 7,000 and 10,000 workers marched, and for four days magistrates and ironmasters were under siege in the Castle Hotel, with the protesters effectively controlling the whole town.

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Bernard (Bun) Walters

merthyr tydfil iron metropolis life in a welsh industrial town

Public transport links to are being improved in 2017. When I was 14 or 15 I'd be aiming for 17 but my parents would try holding me to 11 or 12, or that's how it felt; Merthyr was a hard town, in those days you had to be hard to live there or suffer, it was too heavy for me, I stopped speaking to my father for a while but it hurt when I crossed him in the street. Farm produce was traded at a number of markets and fairs, notably the Waun Fair above. Most 19th-century tourists thought better of the bargain Swansea has a serious claim to be the crucible of Welsh modernity but ultimately it fails the test. Other early chapels were Zion and Ebenezer , Zoar and Independents and Pontmorlais. I once found him wandering alone on Merthyr High St.

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Merthyr Tydfil County Borough

merthyr tydfil iron metropolis life in a welsh industrial town

The Cornish and Breton language equivalents, in place names, are merther and merzher. When we think of the industrial history of Wales, coal and coal mining come immediately to the fore. Like the Seven Valley a little further to the north, at in Shropshire, the upper Taff valley contained all of the necessary ingredients for a successful iron industry — iron ore, limestone for lining furnaces, mountain streams to provide water power and forests to supply timber for the manufacture of charcoal. The coming of Christianity The language and some and culture became established before the withdrawal of the Roman army. Several of the supposed leaders of the riots were arrested. Josiah was a shrewd businessman and by the 1830s the Dowlais Ironworks was the largest in the world, employing more than 5,000 people.

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The Story of Wales: Life in Merthyr Tydfil's 19th Century 'Little Hell'

merthyr tydfil iron metropolis life in a welsh industrial town

The county borough has produced several bands which have achieved national success, including from and from. The local Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind, founded in 1923, remains the oldest active manufacturer in the town. It was slow to acquire urban sophistication or distinguished public buildings but it was, nonetheless, the first Welsh settlement to acquire genuinely urban dimensions. Hill now owned the Plymouth Iron Works and Crawshay the works at Cyfarthfa. Since the end of the , much of this has declined, with the closure of long-established collieries, and both and. The factory was purpose-built to manufacture the Hoover Electric Washing Machine, and at one point Hoover was the largest employer in the borough.

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Merthyr Tydfil Resource

merthyr tydfil iron metropolis life in a welsh industrial town

Roads were eventually built but, whilst a wagon drawn by four could haul two tons of iron, a canal barge drawn by one horse could tow a massive twenty-five tons of freight and cargo. Archived from on 1 January 2014. Following promotion the club moved back to Penydarren Park in July 2011. Every morning we would all turn up, stand in the yard, and depending who was or wasn't at work we would be designated our respective tradesmen; I worked on the roofs with a tiler; I was a fitter's mate with my friend John Price from Dowlais who had a cabaret act 'Soft touch', that, storeman and night watchman were my best jobs; the most frustrating was as brickie's mate in the Gurnos where every day we'd be building the same wall which was pushed down every night. Cardiff outgrew Merthyr in the second half of the 19th century and it acquired a commercial glamour with its Coal Exchange and its opulent Edwardian civic centre. .

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Merthyr Tydfil

merthyr tydfil iron metropolis life in a welsh industrial town

The Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind, founded in 1923, is the oldest active manufacturer in the town. Merthyr is also home to the team, which played at The Cage in Troedyrhiw until September 2010. Whilst all this activism and social life was going on I lost my job in Ebbw Vale, John Gaydon had been promoted to be replaced by Bill Bartlett, John used to let us get on with it under the supervision of Roy Beynon office manager but Bill used to stand behind me looking over my shoulder, his way of running things, I think he was one of these types that being aware of their own inadequacies looked for it in others, he depressed me, I took time off sick, they transferred me depressing me even more, I took more time off sick which co-incided with the elections and they sacked me. We couldn't take our school satchels with us so we'd hide them in the woods to pick up later before catching the bus home, one day I carried mine into town and hid it in the bushes opposite Brecon Rd. The idea of having your own individual bedroom would have been odd.

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Welsh History Month: Merthyr Tydfil was a town with a single purpose ... to make iron and steel

merthyr tydfil iron metropolis life in a welsh industrial town

I didn't learn to swim until Cyfarthfa School when our P. It is like a vision of Hell, and will never leave me, that of these poor creatures broiling, all in sweat and dirt, amid their furnaces, pits, and rolling mills. Rugby league Merthyr Tydfil is home to the team who played at The Cage in Troedyrhiw until September 2010. Food surpluses paved the way for more specialised and sophisticated ways of life. My brother bought me a Thames van so I could learn to drive, I went around the Beacons with him at my side as a qualified driver; I took the Trevethick St.

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