What can old and newer maps of Troedyrhiw tell us?

Take a look at the maps.

Left - 1850 Tithe Map. Right - Modern Street Map.

Left – 1850 Tithe Map. Right – Modern Street Map.

The first pair of maps shows part of Troedyrhiw as recorded on the 1850 tithe map of the Merthyr area side-by-side with a modern street map. Note Pontyrhun Bridge on the left and what we think is the FIRST Saron Chapel (built 1835) indicated by the number 981. The area of the Saron site (chapel + graveyard) at this time was given as 10 P which, we think, means 10 square poles or roughly 302 sq yd. Compare this with the other image (below) which shows that the SECOND Saron Chapel (built 1852) occupied an area approximately 7 times larger (chapel + vestry + cottages + graveyard + common area for WC’s etc).

Saron Site Plan 1951

Saron Site Plan 1951


About davidjcollier

Originally from South Wales I have lived in Nottinghamshire for over forty years. I am married and have three grown up children and two grandchildren. Having worked in education for 43 years I will retire in July 2012. My interests include history (general, local and family), rugby union, swimming, photography, bird watching and gardening. For the benefit of anyone who may actually read this (extremely unlikely, I admit) please do not confuse 'interests' with knowledge or skill. My involvement in a community project which aims to rescue a graveyard from the effects of almost 30 years of neglect. also keeps me quite busy. View all posts by davidjcollier

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