West Glamorgan Villages covers the villages of the new counties of Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and the City and County of Swansea, from former mining valleys to the coastal plain and the beautiful Gower peninsular. 149 villages are covered in the book. Each village is described highlighting features of interest whether it be history, legend, or personalities.
West Glamorgan Villages
The stories of the villages reflect the changes that have occurred over the years and the transient nature of civilization. Rural communities have seen their villages change into commuter suburbs. The industrial revolution saw deserted green valleys develop into thriving communities that are now seeking reasons for their continuing existence. Every age, whether it be Neolithic, Bronze, Iron, Roman, Celtic Christianity, Norman or Industrial, has left its mark on the area. From the earliest known human in Britain to coal mines and heavy metal industry, from Norman castle to non-conformist chapel the story is to be found in these villages.
Geoffrey Davies was born in Porthcawl and raised in a former mining village, attending a valley grammar school before studying history and philosophy at St David's Lampeter. After a career in investment and marketing he retired to Carmarthenshire and renewed his interest in Welsh history and in villages in particular. He has already published Carmarthenshire Villages and Pembrokeshire Villages and this book is the third in the series.