Cymmer, Rhondda Cynon Taf
History[change | change source]
Cymmer, which is now seen as a part of Porth takes its name from the old Welsh word that describes a spot where two rivers of the same name join. Before coal mining, not many people lived in Cymmer. Cymmer was one of the first villages within the Rhondda Valley. The Lewis colliery had many examples of the pithead gear in South Wales Rhondda Heritage Park now has the only pithead gear in the Rhondda. In 1847 George Insole opened his first mine in Cymmer. In 1855 he opened a second pit in Cymmer near the old pit.
The Cymmer Mining Explosion 1856[change | change source]
Tuesday 15th July 1856 at the Old Pit in Cymmer, there was an explosion which was Britain’s largest mining accident at that time. One hundred and sixty men and boys lowered down the shaft to begin their shift when the explosion took place. 114 people were killed. The explosion was caused by miners carrying open flames which lit pockets of gas.
Important Buildings in Cymmer[change | change source]
St John Church is situated in a prominent position on the hillside above the earlier settlement of Cymmer centred round the Cymmer Chapel.
Transport[change | change source]
Cymmer is situated on the A4119 road half a mile from its junction with the A4058 road.
Notes[change | change source]
- "Community population 2011". Retrieved 11 November 2015.
- "Porth & Cymmer". Rhondda Cynon Taf Library Services. Retrieved 15th February 2017. Check date values in:
- Flynn, Jessica (11th March 2016). "The 39 blue plaques in Rhondda Cynon Taf and who and what they celebrate". Wales Online. Check date values in: