Cilybebyll coal mining history

(The painting above by Craig Bevan is of the Primrose Colliery at Rhos in the parish of Cliybebyll.)

The publication Tareni Colliery is more than the history of this one mine, Tareni. It is the coal mining history of the parish of Cilybebill and the communities of Rhos, Gellinudd, and Alltwen and of the vast mining enterprises that worked coal in Mynydd Marchywel over a 150-year period from the early 1800s up to the late 1940s. This mining heritage details the separate coalmines, the companies that operated them, the legal leases taken out to establish the mines, the various Royalties payable to the landowners for each type of coal brought to the surface, ie. five pence per ton for Red Vein coals, six pence per ton for Peacock coals, and the additional cost of wayleaves for crossing the landowners’ lands, this being payable at an additional one penny per ton of minerals mined such as coal or fireclay.

Read more in Tareni Colliery, The Mine, The Miners and Their Communities. A History of a Mining Enterprise in the Swansea Valley ISBN: 978-1-5272-0129-3.

Price £30.00 p&p £4.95, available from Clive Reed 01792 830782, or email

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