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A booklet containing much of the information on this website was produced in 2016.  About 50 copies were distributed to family members, who were asked to make a donation, in lieu of payment, to this charity.  Approximately £300 was raised and further donations may be sent to the address above.  Thank you to all who have given to this important charity, supporting those in what, for many, is a forgotten industry.  There are a few booklets left; if you would like one, please contact me.  


A rare nineteenth century picture of young miners has been added here.


A very early photograph believed to be of Gwenllian Jones (Davies) has been added.

More material, including another early photograph, has been added on the Ann Jones & David Jeffreys family, Camnant.

These updates have been done on the basis of a paper kindly provided by Jeff Alexander, of the Camnant Jeffreys family.

Further information on David Alexander and Mary Ann Jeffreys

Richard Morgan 1828-1903

Richard Morgan’s obituary has been added and roughly translated.


Some photographs have been added of the farm abattoir at the Jeffreys farm at Penygraig, Coelbren.


Photo of Banwen iron works from Hughes (1989)


Banwen today updated


Some quotations about Banwen


Some further background to the Jeffreys family, who are connected at various points to the Jones and Morgan families.


Quotes from WT Davies (1994) "Coelbren School" added to reflect contrast between highly-motivated Jones/Lewis/Morgan backers/creators of the original 1894 primary school, versus contemporary gradual decline and dis-interest, leading to inevitable closure.


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