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.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Historical Geography

We in Resolfen are justly proud to be the birthplace of Sir Clifford Darby, one of the most eminent luminaries in the field of historical geography. The biography of Sir Clifford can be found elsewhere on this site, but Historical Geography is specifically the interpretation of the layers of landscape with reflections on both past and present. Abergarwed as a hamlet once boasted a large colliery and washery /screens though it would be difficult for the casual observer to pick this out today by visiting the same site. The images below show the site of Ynysarwed Screens both past and present. Unfortunately, the aerial photograph has not come out very well compared to the photograph of the site though it has been realigned toward the South.The two things which stand out immediately are the Neath Canal which has been filled in along with the disappearance of the small stone bridge on the canal.  The large railway sidings complex, has disappeared, though there is a large concreted area which once was the site of the screens along with some of the buildings ( now revamped).This area can now be walked as the original towpath has been partially if unofficially, reopened. The Abergarwed Farm, farmhouse, outbuildings and the classical miners' terraced housing are still there today.
Looking South as per photograph.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was interested to read your article "lost farms of resolve" May 2008. I am trying to trace my family and found a connection to a family that I think came to Resolven from Crynant name of Evans . Head of house Thomas Evans and Gwenllian Evans .

The address I have is Aberclydach Resolven a small farm.

Within your article you mention the musical Evans family. "In addition Aberclydach farm was only 10 or 12 acres and has strong connections with the musical Evans family. The family were known as To Mân for a century even though that particular holding is in Crynant". Would you please point me in the right direction for more information on this family.

I hope to hear from you
Many thanks


8:07 pm  
Blogger eclecs said...

Aberclydach farm is in the middle of Commercial Road Resolfen today. It can still be picked out clearly as a farmhouse. You are right about the connection with Crynant. The family that lived there were known as "To Man", which is a reference to the Tonmaen farm in Crynant from which the original Evans family hailed. Ed.

11:55 am  

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