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High Resolution Photographs of Wattstown in the Rhondda Valleys, Glamorgan. South Wales.

Wattstown, National Colliery

Rhondda Valleys, Wattstown, National Colliery.

Wattstown was named after the owner of the colliery (coal mine) - Edmund (Hanney) Watts 1830-1902. The colliery was built on the site of a farm named 'Pont Rhyd y Cwtch'. Two shafts were sunk in 1881, 1350 foot deep. Six years later a massive explosion ripped through the mine killing 39 miners.

Worse was to come, and on a fateful day in 1905, just before noon, a thunderous explosion shook the surrounding areas as it tore through the mine - ultimately leaving 119 men and boys dead. The story goes that on the day of the funerals the cortege was so long that as the first carriage arrived at Trealaw cemetery - several miles away - the last had yet to leave Wattstown.

As a fifteen year old lad, this author worked down this mine, unaware at that time that my Great Grandfather - John Harris - had been brought from the mine almost decapitated in December 1913. His body was taken to my Great Grandmother's house at 19, Gynor Place, Ynyshir and laid out on her kitchen table. Five children were orphaned that day. I remember descending the shaft at the colliery and the experienced miners pointing out on the way down where old shafts had been sealed following disasters - I was led to believe that many of the bodies remained sealed in some of those shafts.

 

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Wattstown Colliery Memorial Aug 2005

Wattstown Colliery Memorial Aug 2005 - in Ynyshir ?

National Colliery Memorial Aug 2005

Glamorgan, Rhondda, Wattstown, Viewed from Penrhys Hill

Glamorgan, Rhondda, Wattstown, Viewed from Penrhys Hill

Rhondda Valley, Wattstown, Pleasant View, Street Party 1953

Rhondda Valley, Wattstown, Pleasant View, Street Party 1953 - courtesy of Mr. Graham Williams of Wattstown

Glamorgan, Rhondda Valleys, Wattstown, 1952 Coronation Street Party

Glamorgan, Rhondda Valleys, Wattstown, Pleasant View in 1953. Coronation Street Party (2nd June) - biscuits being served by Linda Preece (married Graham Williams in 1955)

Rhondda Valley, Wattstown, Pleasant View Street Party 1953

Rhondda Valley, Wattstown, Pleasant View Street Party 1953 - courtesy of Mr. Graham Williams of Wattstown

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