Those attending the Local History Forum meeting held last Thursday at Carmel Chapel were treated to an interesting, informative and entertaining talk by Clive Thomas. Entitled “A View from Eagle’s Rock” the talk was a wide-ranging look at Troed-y-rhiw and the surrounding area.
Clive’s talk touched on :-
- the local geology and how it formed the landscape that is so familiar to us;
- how Troed-y-rhiw and other local villages came into being as the plentiful coal reserves began to be exploited.;
- ways in which old maps can tell us much about the history of the area;
- what the photographic record reveals about the ways in which the village and its locality have changed over time;
- what census records can tell us about how the people of Troed-y-rhiw once lived and worked;
- local names for mountainside features and landmarks such as ‘Eagle’s Rock’, ‘Elephant Rock’, Frog Rock’ and Miriam’s Hole’.
As with the previous two meetings many people stayed behind after the talk to look at materials that had been put on display and to chat about our local history and heritage. This has shown that there is a large untapped source of personal and family knowledge and understanding of the history of our village which deserves to be discussed and recorded. We hope that, later in the year, we can hold some sessions at which residents will be able to share and interpret different aspects of our local history.