Book published by Tempus in 2003, 128 pages. Paperback (N7643)
Brand New Book
From the rear side cover: This, the third photographic collection on the Rhondda, concentrates on Porth, the gateway to the two valleys, and the Rhondda ach, from Ynyshir to Maerdy. The authors have assembled a splendid mix of images providing an insight into several aspects of the life of these two communities and their inhabitants: at work, on strike, in poverty and at leisure. One thing is again clear from this selection: that the people of the Rhondda have always known how to entertain themselves.
The century and a half of mining activity in the area is illustrated in detail and the many pictures of the individual pits, the colliers and their families remind us that this was - not so very long ago - a dominant industry that shaped both landscape and culture. Comparisons of then and now which appear in each chapter bring home to the reader how much has disappeared, but as Rhondda battles to reinvent itself, we can draw strength from knowledge of the past achievements outlined in these pages.
The book will delight anyone who has lived or grown up in and around Porth and Rhondda Fach, as well as people with a more general interest in the social history of this part of Wales and beyond....