Welcome to Cynon Culture

Cynon Culture

The objects of Cynon Culture is to promote and protect all aspects of the culture and history of the Cynon Valley. Our website is intended to inform and generate people’s interest in the valley and surrounding areas, and the material that is on this website is the results of many years of research. The material that you will see provides, for the first time, a detailed history of the valley online. The website is dedicated to all the researchers who loved local history and left a legacy of material for me to access, and in turn be able to provide for you – the readers.

PLEASE NOTE – The website is currently migrating over to a new design, so in the mean time a few pages may be incomplete/inaccessible.



General site fixes – broken links.
New pages uploaded:
Maen Madoc Stone
Gomer Berry (Lord Kemsley) 1883 – 1968
Henry Seymour Berry 1877 – 1928
Joseph Parry
Mr Henry Crawshay 1812 – 1879
Penymynydd Stone
Plas-y-Gors Cairn
Richard Frederick Crawshay 1859 – 1903
Robert Thompson Crawshay – The last Iron Master of Merthyr (1817-1879)
William Berry (Lord Camrose) 1879 – 1954
William Crawshay I (1764 – 1834)
William Crawshay II 1788 – 1867
William Crawshay III (1810 – 1839)
William Menelaus


New pages uploaded:
A Foot Race 01/10/1859 (The Church of Vaynor)
David Morgan (The Church of Vaynor)
Herbert Kirkhouse
History of St Gwynno’s Church, Vaynor
Kirkhouse Family
Pen And Ink Sketches – No. VI. 08/05/1869 (The Church of Vaynor)
Richard Crawshay I 1739 – 1810
St Gwyno, Confessor Britain
The Church of Vaynor (Image Gallery)
The History of Merthyr – Merthyr Express 1866


New pages uploaded:
David Davies 1878 – 1949
Ieuan Gwynedd 1820 – 1852
John Glasbrook 1815 – 1887
John Pennar Williams (Glyndwr Choir)
Mr. Daniel Evans (Eos Dar) 1915
Mr Benjamin Davies
Norah Bruce
Rev David Price
Rev. E. Stephen 1825-1885
Rev Mathew Henry Arnold
Rev Robert Thomas 1809 – 1880 (Ap Vychan)
Rev W. Edwards
Richard Fothergill
Roland Fothergill
S. A. Brain
Sir Davy Gam (By Arthur Clark)
William Thomas (Eos Wenallt) – 1908
William Hodges


General site fixes.
New pages uploaded:
David Brythonfryn Griffith 1837 – 1889
David Davies 1853-1937 “Dewi Cynon”
St Cynogs Church – Photo Gallery
St Mary’s Ystradfellte – Photo Gallery
Timeline of Penderyn
Timeline of Ystradfellte