This booklet on the archaeology of the Clydach Gorge has been reproduced and displayed here with the kind permission of Jeff Mapps of Costain.
Fairly recently, in an early twentieth century edition of the Abergavenny Chronicle Eifion Lloyd Davies came across two articles entitled: ‘Reminiscences of the Old Clydach Iron Works’ and ‘Neighbourhood’ written by Thomas Jordan, of Govilon. These articles are essentially oral history rendered in print.
They are notable to the contemporary reader by their description of: – the locality and the ironworks; of the different social groups – the iron workers and miners; allusion to the Scotch Cattle, of how people built their own homesteads, and of the degree of co-operative self- help etc.
Eifion has produced an abridged and lightly edited version of the two 1910 articles by Thomas Jordan for our Journal (Edition 22). We have reproduced this article here for you to read free of charge.
Starting in Llanfoist, this picturesque, traffic-free walking and cycle trail, runs high above the Clydach Gorge to Brynmawr.
It takes in some breath-taking views of the gorge, the Brecon Beacons, Sugar Loaf and Skirrid. Along this route, you will also be able to see the remains of the mining, quarrying and railway structures of Clydach Gorge’s industrial past.
Section 2 – Eastbound drive through / Adran 2 – y ffordd arfaethedig tua’r dwyrain
Section 2 – Westbound drive through / Adran 2 – y ffordd arfaethedig tua’r gorllwein