About the Society
Historical Notes



The Cynon Valley History Society was founded in Aberdare in 1971. Our objectives are to promote, encourage and maintain an active interest in the history of the district in all its aspects; to arrange talks and lectures; to undertake original research and assist in the collection of local material such as manuscripts, books, artefacts and photographs, and to publish titles on local history.

The Society presents a programme of 10 lectures each season and publishes a quarterly newsletter HANES (The Welsh word for History).

Please click on the links above to find out more about us, our publications and programme of lectures.

Letter Cards
  1. CVHS Letter Cards The Society has recently launched a set of four cards, three depicting views of the old Cynon Valley and a fourth depicting the Kangchenjunga painting. Please contact Haydn Williams if you would like to make a purchase.
    Telephone 01685 879793 or email on
    Cost of per pack is £4.00 with p&p at £1.30.
  2. Cynon Valley Museum Trust
    The Cynon Valley Museum Trust re-opened the Cynon Valley Museum on Saturday, September 3rd, 2016. If you are interested in volunteering to help with keeping this facility open, please see the ‘Expression of Interest Form’ — download here.
    The Trust is seeking any assistance, now or in the future, in the following areas :
    • Admin Support
    • Fundraising
    • Café
    • Training
    • Research and Development
    • Marketing and Social Media
    • Collections
    • Events
    The Cynon Valley History Society was at the forefront of the campaign to retain the Cynon Valley Museum, an institution, indeed, which was founded after many years of campaigning by our Society.

St Johns
Commercial Place

Commercial Place, Aberdare

small tithe map

Aberdare village according to the
Tithe map of 1847