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We asked for sporting stories for the first journal of this new decade, and we have them, not only from the established sports of rugby and football, but from cycling, boxing, tennis and some less orthodox versions of racing!  Members can access copies of our current and previous journals here:  Journal Archive.

Rhian Diggins of the Glamorgan Archives reminds us of the amazing spread of sporting activities that grew up in and around the valleys of south Wales during the heyday of the industrial period. It would seem that wherever a patch of ground was available (and it would rarely be flat, so much levelling or shoring up was needed to produce any sort of pitch), then a game of some sort would take place. If a pitch was not to be found, then contests would take place in the street, on the hillside, or outside the pub.

Not all activities surrounding these games were legal and there was a fair amount of skullduggery going on, but the following articles give a flavour of how communities were brought together by practically any sporting activity.  

Away from sport, we have an article on the Welsh ironworkers who went to France in the early 19th century, the Welsh miners who were involved in the terrible Avondale pit disaster, and for contrast a story of a WW1 postcard that went missing 100 years ago, and has just turned up!

Our June journal is open for any topic, so please let us have your stories, anecdotes, and photographs for a bumper 2020.

 


 Welcome to the last journal of 2019 - Journal 136 which is now available in the Journal Archive section of the Members Only Area.   You will need to log in to view. 

The previous journal in September, with its theme of immigration into Glamorgan, has certainly sparked much interest and more family histories as a result, which has been very rewarding. Therefore this edition has several articles continuing the theme: Carolyn Jacob provides the second part of her account of the ‘Melting Pot’ that was Merthyr Tydfil, and related to that is Sue Baker’s account of her family’s boarding house lodgers in Merthyr. Lyndon Harris writes of his family’s intermarriage with the ironmasters of Merthyr, and Peter Spencer tells of how his family came from Greece into Cardiff, via County Cork.  

Susan Edwards of the Glamorgan Archives has given us a history of the Norwegian Church in Cardiff, again a story of how people from afar have come to see this part of Britain as their ‘home from home’. David Barnard explains how useful Rate Books can be to the family researcher, and Anthony McLaughlin delves into the seamier side of his ancestry, whilst Colin Davies writes of ambition and achievement in a Valleys boy.

As Christmas approaches there are some examples of Victorian recipes for festive fare, if you have rather a lot of guests, so on that note, from everyone at Glamorgan Family History, to all of our readers, Nadolig Llawen, a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi gyd!