It has been traced that local eisteddfods began around 1820 in the Swan Hotel in Aberaman, with poets, musicians and authors of essays.
In 1850 the Rees family moved into the valley and two of their were called Jonathon and Evan. Evan started work in Blaengwawr Colliery, he late became “Dyfed” Arch druid of Wales his brother Jonathon became a poet of the first rank as a bard his name was “Nathan Wyn” a household name in Wales in the 19th and early 20th century.
1869 Eisteddfod Win
An Eisteddfod, which held at the Temperance Hall (Palladium) in Aberdare between seven choirs, who were competing for a prize of £20. A test piece the Hallelujah Chorus was won by Saron Chapel Aberaman.
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