Living in any area tends to revolve around the here and now for most of us.
However, Penyrheol, Trecenydd, Energlyn and their surrounding communities live in an area which has a deep history just below the surface.
It doesn’t take long to realise and achieve an understanding. Observation and a question or two help explain what we see and experience day in and day out.
Let’s pause and think for a moment!
- So where was the mill on Mill Road?
- Did St Cenydd road lead to the monastery?
- Where was “Graves Farm”?
- Why was Groeswen chapel called the “Westminster Abbey of Wales”?
- Where was the thatched building offering rest and recuperation?
- Where was the mansion house at Energlyn?
- Did the Beddau and Energlyn sidings help break the cargo record for a 12 month period at Aber junction?
- Were there gypsies in the lane?
- Where did a ”bridge builder between two worlds” congregate?
- Why did Nant Yr Aber get called the “Blacker”, or “Black Brook” for many years?
- Did Roman legionnaires once tramp up Heol Las, onto the common and on their way to the fort at Gelligaer, passing the protective Senghenydd Dyke on their route?
- Who put the stream with all its trout that flowed from Cwm Ifor in a pipe?
- Who may be buried at Beddau?
- Did Lord Senghenydd once chase boars through the woods at Hendredenny?
- Why did the Barry line cross below Trecenydd, on its high pillars and arches en route to Taffs Well and beyond?
- Did Shirley Bassey really think the “Double Diamond Club” was forever?
- Where did the Lapwings abound with marsh grass all around before Glenfields Estate sprung up with some surprise?
- Who built and lived at Hendredenny’s fine hall?
- What was the “Welsh Metals”, honed so precise just before Cwrt Rawlin hill?
- Who was so inspired to give Penyrheol estate such special mention in its place names?
- Who knows the tale of the Tir Bach Witch and does she still abound or hare about?
- Where was the Green chapel shack, later just missed by a plane with a crash?
- Where did the cattle cry loud and desperate before the final cut?
- Who wielded the axe that put the station at Thomasville to the ash?
- Why did the Penyrheol cemetery need a hasty increased requirement?
- Where was the boast of the “longest bar in Wales”?
- Where may you be found isolated at Energlyn?
Much much more can be found with just a little enquiry. So Penyrheol, Trecenydd, Energlyn and her communities not only hold a clear link to the past but provide a platform for our future.
Cllr Steve Skivens, Penyrheol, Trecenydd and Energlyn Community Council.