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Rhyd-y-Car - A Welsh Mining Community
Eurwyn Wiliam
ISBN: 9780720005394 (0720005396)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Tachwedd 2003
Cyhoeddwr: Llyfrau Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales Books, Caerdydd
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 190x230 mm, 32 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o brint Ein Pris: £3.50   
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Llyfryn darluniadol llawn gwybodaeth am Rhyd-y-car, y rhes o dai ym Merthyr Tudful a ailgodwyd yn Amgueddfa Werin Cymru, Sain Ffagan. 12 llun lliw a 25 llun du-a-gwyn.

A fully illustrated informative booklet about the six mineworkers' houses from Rhyd-y-car, Merthyr Tydfil re-erected at St Fagan's Welsh Folk Museum. 12 colour and 25 black-and-white illustrations.
This is a new full-colour edition of a book first published by the National Museums & Galleries of Wales in 1987. As it describes how six of the original houses were carefully taken down and re-erected at the Museum of Welsh History in St. Fagan’s, Cardiff, it records the history of that small community in South Wales from 1800–1980.

Between 1800 and 1815 Richard Crawshay built twenty-nine houses for the miners of the Rhyd-y-car iron-ore mine, on a site near the Glamorganshire canal. Although it was only a five minute walk to the town of Merthyr Tydfil, the boundary formed by the canal ensured that the community was very close. Using pictures and contemporary reports, newspaper accounts and recollections of local people, the book graphically chronicles life in that small community over nearly two centuries.

As the iron-ore works gave way to coal mining as the main source of income of the people of Rhyd-y-car, and later the coal mines were run down, replaced by more modern industries, the lives of the people of the small community changed dramatically. This is well shown in the six houses re-erected at St. Fagans, the house being furnished as in 1805, 1855, 1895, 1925 and 1955. They provide a vivid reminder of the hardships experienced by working people only a relatively short time ago.

Having been born in a similar cottage just a few miles down the valley, I can still clearly remember the lay-out of the cottage, the almost hidden winding narrow stairs, and sitting on the table, legs dangling, while ‘Tummy’, an elderly neighbour, shared with my mother the scrubbing of the stone flags. This booklet will bring back many memories for people of the valleys, and the re-erection of the cottages in St. Fagan’s ensures that these jewels of the past will not be forgotten.

Beryl Thomas

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgement should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

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Gwybodaeth Bellach:
RHYD-Y-CAR: A WELSH MINING COMMUNITY

The mineworkers' houses at the Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans, are many visitors' favourite attraction. Originally built in Rhyd-y-car near Merthyr Tydfil by Richard Crawshay in 1800, condemned in the 1930s, flooded in 1979, six of the houses were offered to the Museum before the others were eventually demolished. This gave the Museum an opportunity probably unique in Europe to illustrate 200 years of history by showing how the interior, exterior and the very fabric of these homes had changed along with the changing fortunes of one of the most industrialised parts of Britain.

The staff at the Museum of Welsh Life are internationally renowned experts at the specialist skills of restoration, relocation and interpretation. Over forty buildings at the Museum illustrate over 500 years' history of the Welsh people. The Rhyd-y-car houses were furnished to bring to life the lives of families from six different historical periods, based on extensive research including interviews with the original inhabitants.

Rhyd-y-car: a Welsh Mining Community has been out of print since 1997 but is now available again in a new, revised full-colour edition. This 32-page book puts Rhyd-y-car and Merthyr Tydfil in the context of the Industrial Revolution boom in south Wales at a time when small Welsh towns like Merthyr were world leaders in the production of iron and the mining of coal. We learn in detail about the lives of the inhabitants of the houses: their leisure activities, food, health and of course work. Richly illustrated and full of the voices of the people of Rhyd-y-car, this book will be welcomed by adults, children and teachers alike.
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