Understanding and Celebrating our Local History

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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.

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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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