A Brief History of Beynon Colliery, by Ray Lawrence

A Brief History of Beynon Colliery, by Ray Lawrence
A4 booklet, with clear plastic cover and glued binding. Privately produced by the author in 2012, 50 pages. (RLWSO)

From the introduction: Beynons Colliery was sunk towards the end of the glory times for the South Wales coalfield. When the twentieth century had begun and the world demanded more and more south Wales coal, the Bristol channel became the busiest waterway in the world, and the South Wles coalfield the top coal exporting area in the world. These were the so called good old days - perhaps they were for some - but wages were still poor, most housing was sub standard and health and educational facilities were second rate......

The booklet is illustrated throughout with several black and white photographs and maps.

Ray Lawrence, who wrote this booklet, was born into a mining family in a village in the Ebbw Vale in South Wales, and he spent much of his working life as a miner at the Celynen South Colliery in Abercarn. Whilst working as a miner at Celynen he was also a local official for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), and he took an active part in the miners strike of 1984-85

Please note, this booklet was printed, produced and bound privately, and so lacks the 'finish' of a proffessional publication (i.e the photographs that illustrate the booklet are photocopy quality, the binding may be a little skewed, etc). But none of this detracts from the fascinating and detailed information the booklet contains, and it remains a must read/reference for anyone interested in the subject.

The condition of the booklet is generally ok. The clear plastic cover has some minor scuffs, and their is light nibbling and wear along the inside page edges and corners, but the spine binding is intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Please note their is a small price sticker on the rear side cover