Cymdeithas Hanes Resolfen History Society

A web log for the Resolven History Society which publishes articles and stories related to Resolven and the immediate surroundings.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lt.Colonel J.E.Vaughan of Rheola

Glyn Davies has given the Society a published photograph of the burial of Lt.Colonel J.E. Vaughan of Rheola at Cadoxton Church on the 30th March 1929.

Here is the publication of his will a few months later. It is noticeable that his personal effects would hardly buy a flat today, and I wonder what the skipper of his yacht had done? 

Extract from the Western Morning News dated Tuesday, 10 December 1929
Col. J. E. Vaughan, Flushing.
Colonel John Edwards Vaughan, J.P., D.L., of Rheola, near Neath, Glamorgan, and of Cliff Cottage, Flushing, Falmouth, who served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers in the Burmah Campaign of 1887 and in the South African War, and who died on March 30, last aged 65, son of the late Col. Vaughan Hanning Vaughan-Lee, M/P/, D.L., J.P., of Dillington Park, Somerset, who served in the Crimean War, left unsettled property of the gross value of £18,792, with net personalty £10,019.
Probate of the will, dated October 22, 1927, has been granted to his widow, Mrs Alice Elizabeth Vaughan, of Rheola; John Nash Edwards Vaughan, of Rheola, son of the deceased; and Jonah Arnold, of Great Western Chambers, Neath, estate agent; and Charles Joseph Clayton Wilson, of Temple-Street, Swansea, solicitor.
Testator left £300 and certain household effects to his wife; £50 to his daughter, Doris Elizabeth Shuldham; £50 to Lucinda Ellen Ashe; £50 to his nephew and godson, Gerald Hanning Vaughan-Lee.
One year's salary to his mineral surveyor, Harry Morgan, if acting in that capacity at his death;
Six month's wages to each indoor servant of one year's service;
£150 in addition to Hannah Rowlands "who has nursed me faithfully and well";
£50 to his gardener, William Crofts;
£50 to his chauffeur, George Ballard;
£50 to William Sydney Bevan, skipper of his yacht "for though he let me down badly over my last cruise in the s.s. Sheila he has served me very faithfully for a great number of years";
£300 to Jonah Arnold; £50 to Frederick G. Arnold; and the residue of the property he left to his son, John Nash Edwards Vaughan

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Return of Gwyn Thomas

It is great to announce that Gwyn Thomas has resumed normal duties as Chairman of the Society for the coming year after a long illness . Some 16 members attended the meeting, held at the Community Centre and had a businesslike meeting ( with tea) in the Council meeting room. These are the names of the officers and committee members:-

President: Mr Phylip Jones
Chairman:Mr Gwyn Thomas.
Secretary :Mr Trefor Jones
Treasurer: Mrs Julie Hicks.
Transport Officers: Val Davies and David Woosnam.
Committee: Mary Evans, Brenda Oakes, Caryl Rees and Jean Thomas. (One vacancy)

The eagle eyed among you will notice that the Vice Chair's role has gone. It was felt that it had been unfilled for so long that others could deputise as happened in the previous session.

We now look froward to the the first meeting,at the Community Centre  on Monday,October 13th when John Richards will speak to us on "The Bayeux Tapestry".

Sunday, August 24, 2014



                       Have you served on the committee?

I hope that everyone has enjoyed their summer break. September will soon be upon us and the AGM will be held on Monday,September 8th. Owing to the fact that the Church Hall is still being renovated,the meeting, beginning at 7:00 will be at the Community Centre.

We usually have a good turn out at the AGM and there are some vacancies on the committee. Don't be shy, our flourishing society relies on a lot of effort behind the scenes and as the saying goes "more hands make light work". Ideas are also needed as to how we can develop the History Society in the future. We will also be continuing to collect everyone's email addresses so that information can be sent out at short notice to as many members as possible.

You can also have the list of speakers for 2014/15 digitally if you like, following the AGM.

             See you there, a chroeso cynnes i bawb.


Sunday, July 06, 2014

Dyffryn House and the Galilee Chapel, Llantwwit Major.

Some 21 members attended the annual summer trip. This year the Society visited Dyffryn House a grand mansion in the Vale of Glamorgan and later the Galilee Chapel at Llantwit Major.

Most of the present development at Dyffryn stems from the investment of the coal magnate John Cory ( he of Cory St. fame) who came to Dyffryn in the 1890s. It was later used as an education centre by the the County of Glamorgan Education Authority and its successors and in recent years has been taken over by the National Trust who are doing an excellent job in restoring the house and gardens to its magnificent glory. The members were given an opportunity to walk ( or be driven) around the magnificent gardens and had a guided tour of the house ( one of the guides hailed from the Orrells family of Resolven). During the tour, it was stated that the work now being undertaken was dependent on volunteers, with over seventy volunteer gardeners working on the project.
                                              Dyffryn House and croquet lawn 
                             In the afternoon, the members had a leisurely visit to nearby Llantwit Major and the Galilee Chapel. The Chapel is incorporated within St Illtyd's Church and is the home of four Celtic crosses and an exhibition. Llanilltyd  Fawr ( Llantwit Major) is the cradle of Christianity in Wales, with the Celtic crosses dating from the fifth century.

                                                                  Some members on the guided tour
                                            Stained glass window probably featuring Admiral Button of Dyffryn

                                                                        Time for tea!!!
                                                                One of the guides and an ancient map of Dyffryn
Which is the oldest?
St Iltyd's Church

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Trip to Dyffryn House

Members should note that the trip next Saturday 5th July to Dyffryn House will leave the square in Resolfen at 9:00. We will be aiming to return by about 5:30.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May Meeting: The Revival of 1904/05

Evan Roberts meets the Titanic
Evan Roberts
Mr Tony Waters has spoken to the Society on two previous occasions on the Titanic disaster of which he is an expert. However, some decade ago he produced a documentary film on the Religious Revival of 1904/05 which was shown on Sky TV. He explained at the outset of his talk, that he had little personal background knowledge on the life of Evan Roberts the instigator of the Revival, though he had played a “Hitchcock like”, part in the film as an extra in three of the scenes. His school friend Kevin Adams, who is now a pastor in New England, had supplied the historical content  to the documentary which had been produced on a shoestring budget. However, not to be outdone Mr Waters did manage to bring in two Titanic references to his introduction. WT Stead (the prophet of peace) of Swansea, who had proved a mentor and muse to the enigmatic Evan Roberts in 1904, had died in the maritime disaster, and Lyn Harper a preacher inspired by Evan Roberts had drowned on the Titanic dispensing the gospel to his dying breath.

The film was a very powerful one, based on the voice of Evan Roberts himself. It followed the story of Roberts as a young collier in Loughor, who was “saved” at thirteen years of age and who prepared himself for the revival at the tender age of 26. It started in west Wales, centred on the market town of Newcastle Emlyn where Roberts made a fleeting appearance as a student in Ysgol Emlyn. Influenced by Seth Joshua of the Forward Movement, he returned to Moriah, Loughor where the Revival started with missionary zeal throughout south Wales and beyond. His charisma clashed with the conventions of the age and the meetings often lasted into the early hours. Evan Roberts rarely prepared his orations which were often short and relied on a consort of young women who unconventionally, regularly took part in the services. The Revival itself drew the wrath of some of the established nonconformist denominations who denounced it as a form of hysteria. Eventually, exhausted by his efforts, Roberts retreated to a friend’s house in Leicester. He never regained his former prominence in Wales and passed away quietly in Cardiff (1951), and was buried in Moriah, Loughor.

Paryer meeting underground
In terms of the social consequences of the Revival, they were certainly far reaching. Publicans complained that the sales of beer had fallen, apocryphal tales of pit ponies refusing to budge underground because the hauliers had stopped swearing at them and sporting teams had stopped playing. Evan Roberts had visited Resolven during the revival and Resolven Rugby Club had ceased playing for two seasons. Thousands of people in Wales had been changed by the revival and these were documented in the papers of the time (along with exact numbers of converts ), including the Western Mail. Roberts had spawned a bevy of charismatic preachers in Wales and beyond, though many of his followers were mown down on the fields of Flanders during the Great War a decade later.
Evan Roberts Memorial, Loughor
Mr Trefor Jones thanked Mr Waters for coming to address the Society once again and added what a pity it was that Mr Phylip Jones was absent. He did add however, that Seth Joshua had founded the large Mission Hall in Neath where his grandparents had been members. He also added that two Brazilians who had stayed with his family a few years ago had asked to go to see Evan Roberts’s memorial in Loughor.
Mr Tony Waters

The meeting brought down the curtain on another successful year of lectures. Members will now have a few months rest over the summer. The summer trip to Dyffryn House will take place on Saturday, July 5th and the bus will leave the square at 9:00. Anyone wishing to come on the trip to contact a member of the committee or place a comment on the site.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Middle Ages lecture at Swansea University