POI Trelewis

The Pandy quarry and fields
The Pandy quarry was located between lower Trelewis and Pentwyn, Quakers Yard. It can be traced back to the beginning of the last Century…I can remember it in the 1970’s, it was a small lake in those days with the top of a rusty old crane visible, lost in the middle of the pond.
A view of the area 2012 with the quarry all filled in

Many of the youngsters took the risk of swimming in the deepish water during the summer months, whilst others used to fish there, the most I ever caught were toddlers like minnows and sticklebacks.

During the early seventies thousands of tons of waste coal and slag was dumped into the pond, eventually turning it into a large hilly areas which remain Today. There is still the small stream that runs happily through the Pandy, winding its way down to the Mill road and joining the Taff Bargoed river from Bedlinog before hitting the whirl pool at Quakers Yard and joining the main River Taff.

Some below from Autumn 2015 off David Morgan






The Pandy could be a dangerous place but it was also a place of many happy memories for the people of our district.Next year I will get some better up to date photographs of the Pandy area to add to these ones.


The Pandy lake frozen over donated from his fathers collection by Paul Howard

Trelewis War Memorial


Standing proudly at the new location

The community of Trelewis showed great commitment to its past heroes, by finding the funds to arrange for its war memorial to be moved to a more suitable venue.

Sunday May 31 st 1925 was a proud day for the people of Trelewis. As many as 3,000 people stood in silent admiration, when the union Jack was unfurled to reveal a majestic and beautiful monument; the little mining town’s tribute and memorial to 45 gallant men of Trelewis who laid down their lives in the Great War.

The Trelewis War Memorial was erected by public subscription, its original location was chosen as a peaceful place away from the industrial mining of the valley.

By 1999, the memorial had become isolated, due to the closure of the mines and the re-shaping of the landscape, it was also suffering some vandalism and generally it was starting to look unkempt and neglected.

The Ladies section of the Trelewis British legion proposed that the Trelewis War Memorial should be re-sited from its original Captains Hill site to a different area of the village where it could be better appreciated.

Thanks to fund-raising of volunteers, the project was successfully concluded following a three year campaign led by Trelewis going for green chairperson Shirley Bufton

A team of Royal Monmouthshire Engineers stepped in to move the statue to its new home near the Ffladcaiach Inn.






The successful climax was the Parish of Trelewis rededication of their War memorial on Sunday 23 rd June 2002, which followed a march of war veterans through the village

Book 4 Valley lives Merthyr Tydfil county library.



The unveiling of the memorial at original site


The “Soldier” photo courtesy of Lynda Collins at the original site

A plaque was placed in the garden next to the re sited Trelewis memorial statue. It is a memorial to Cled Johnson, a very well respected person in Trelewis. Cled was associated with the British legion Ex -Servicemen’s club in the village and for his hard work in aid of the British legion

R.I.P. Cled


Trelewis Royal British legion marching down to pay their respects at the war memorial on the Captains hill. Led by Bill Holton and Daphne Gunning



Paying respects at the memorial

Pictured left to right

Bob(Aberfan standard bearer) Daphne Gunning, Bill Holton, Islyn Carlick, David Jones,Brian Jones, Joe Kabut.

Ffaldcaiach railway Bridge (Ffald Bridge)

The following photographs are taken before and after the Ffald bridge was demolished in the middle of January, 2000…some are taken on top of the bridge…there is another bridge across the road these days, it is part of the Taff Trail cycle track, this runs along the old railway track.The older pictures were lent to the site by Robert Amos of Nelson…the newer ones were taken May 28th 2009…to show the difference nine years have made.




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Next pictures are taken on top of the bridge before/during demolition





Next section shows  before and after photographs


Towards the old station 1998

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Towards the old station 2010


Over the Ffald bridge 1999


Over the Ffald Bridge 2010


Just after bridge 1999


Just after bridge 2011


Finally the view Today