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Another interesting talk in Troed-y-rhiw


The next talk at TROED-Y-RHIW LOCAL HISTORY FORUM is not to be missed.

Richard Morgan, author of ‘Place-Names of Glamorgan’, will be speaking about the strong fascination that we all have for how the village, town or district where we live came to be named and how this can help us to know our history better. He will take examples from across the county including many from our local area.

We look forward to seeing you at CARMEL CHAPEL in the village from 7:00pm on THURSDAY 13 FEBRUARY. You will not be disappointed.

What’s in a place-name?

Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum returns on 13th February for the first of three talks that make up this spring’s programme. This talk promises to be an extremely interesting and informative look at the unique heritage of place-names of Glamorgan including examples from our local area. We really hope that you will be able to make it to this event and look forward to seeing you there.

Are our local Welsh place-names being lost?

Welsh place names tell a story. However, for many reasons, some traditional place names are being lost.

Take a look at this link to find out about an interesting project that you can contribute to if you live in the Merthyr Tydfil or Rhondda Cynon Taf areas:-


As someone who grew up in and regularly returns to TROEDYRHIW (more properly TROED-Y-RHIW) I have submitted the following information about this place, to this survey:-

“According to the authoritative ‘Place-Names of Glamorgan’ by Richard Morgan ‘TROED-Y-RHIW’ translates into English as ‘(land at) foot of the slope’ from the Welsh (tir) troed, y, rhiw. Historical references include:-

  • Tire Troed rywe gunrowyd 1598,
  • Thre troid Gymrugge 1615,
  • Troedyrhiw 1714,
  • (ho.) Troed rhiw gwmwrg and Melintroed y rhiw 1813,
  • Troed y rhiw gymrwg 1833
  • (ho.) Troed-rhiw-gymrwg 1881.”

Troed-y-rhiw & Patagonia

Those attending last Thursday’s meeting of Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum were treated to an extremely interesting and enjoyable talk given by E. Wyn James. The content of the talk included:-

  1. 153 Welsh emigrants departed from Liverpool in 1865 on an aging clipper called the Mimosa in search of a place where they would be free to speak their own language, practice their religion and preserve a culture that they felt was under threat at home.
  2. After an arduous eight-week sea voyage these pioneers landed on the coast of Patagonia in southern Argentina.
  3. Amongst their number were Aaron Jenkins and his wife Rachel who had been members of Saron Chapel in Troed-y-rhiw and were to become prominent in the new community. They brought with them their children one of whom had been born at sea but, sadly, died quite soon after landing while another had not survived the journey.
  4. The settlers were to suffer many hardships while they were establishing what would eventually become a thriving agricultural community.
  5. They received early help from the native Teheulche Indians and, after several crop failures, it was Rachel Jenkins who made the key observation that allowed an effective irrigation system to be developed.
  6. Sadly, Aaron Jenkins was to become the victim of the first murder in the settlement when he was killed by a captured bandit.
  7. Aaron Jenkins’ son Richard Jenkins, who had been born in Troed-y-rhiw, would later become one of the leaders of the community.
  8. Although, over the years, some members of the Welsh settlement in Patagonia were to return to Wales or translocated to other places including Canada, overall the inward flow of Welsh immigrants continued up to the time of the First World War.
  9. The last wave of settlers included members of the Day family of Troed-y-rhiw. Descendants of the Patagonian and Troed-y-rhiw branches of this family are in contact today.
  10. The Welsh-Argentine community is centred on Gaiman, Trelew and Trevelin  in the Chubut province of Patagonia. It has been estimated that the population of this region is now 150,000 with 50,000 able to claim Welsh ancestry around 5,000 of whom are Welsh speakers.

Reggie Hamer& the Great War

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A recent talk on the Great War given to Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum at Carmel Chapel in the village explained some of the events in the life and death of Reginald (known as ‘Reggie’) Hamer. Standing at 6ft 7in he was a big man in many ways. It would be fitting in this WW1 Centenary period to spare a few moments to think of Reggie and all of the other casualties of this dreadful conflict.

Word War 1 Centenary Talks

Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum are hosting two talks during the WW1 centenary period. The first, given recently, looked at some aspects of the impact that the War had on the village. Please make a note in your diaries of the second talk which will be delivered by DAVID MADDOX OBE who has intensively studied the effects of the Great War on our valleys communities. This is scheduled for CARMEL CHAPEL, TROEDYRHIW at 7.00pm on THURS 15 NOVEMBER. We hope to see you there.

Troed-y-rhiw & the Great War



At the usual venue of CARMEL CHAPEL in the village a new programme of talks  begins at 7.00PM on THURSDAY 18TH OCTOBER.

This will be the first of two talks scheduled to coincide with the period around the CENTENARY of the WORLD WAR ONE ARMISTICE.

The number of men who served means that there were few families in Britain that weren’t directly affected by the conflict and the effects on their communities and on the country as a whole were far reaching.

Using information obtained from a variety of sources including old newspapers, official records and personal items that have been passed down in families the speakers will explore THE IMPACT THAT THE GREAT WAR HAD ON TROED-Y-RHIW AND OTHER COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE SOUTH WALES COALFIELD.

We hope that you will be able to attend.

Get your heritage Christmas cards here!

Xmas Cards

Christmas cards with images of bygone Troedyrhiw are now on sale at Peter the Butcher and other outlets in the village. Or email friendsofsaron@gmail.com for details.

Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum

Unfortunately, there will not be another meeting of Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum before Christmas. Several meetings are, however, planned for the early part of 2018. Watch this space for further details.

LHF Early 2018 Mtgs

Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum

Advance notice of what is sure to be an interesting and enjoyable event. We look forward to seeing you there.

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