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The Society's Library

The Society has amassed a considerable library of pamphlets, learned papers and books covering most subjects relating to the history of Llantrisant and its environs. The items in the library are available, free of charge, to all members. Anyone wishing to borrow from the library should contact Dr Glyn Johns during one of our meetings.

Pontyclun and Talygarn

Recent additions to the Library

A Tiger Bay Childhood; Growing up in the Thirties
Phyllis Morgans's short but fascinating story of a child growing up in Cardiff recaptures the warmth and colour of the area. With illustrations and photographs, she brings back memories which will be interesting for many of us who had similar childhood experiences.

In Search of Owain Glyndwr
Owain Glyndwr, born of noble ancestry was the subject of the first Barry Davies Lecture last year. The author Chris barber who was also the lecturer on that occasion gives us a detailed account of our National Hero. The forward is written by Jan Morris herself a world wide known travel writer.

The Grand Designer. Third Marquess of Bute: Rosemary Hannah
Rosemary Hannah's thoroughly researched biography of the Third Marquess is an absorbing read. It gives detailed accounts of the fascinating life of this important man. His relationship with Burges who was the architect both of Castell Coch and Cardiff Castle are fully recorded. Disraeli's novel Lothair is a thinly disguised account of the young Marquess' early life. He was a very rich eccentric who spent little time in Cardiff but his influence on the city was monumental.
Glyn Johns

Contents of the Library

A History of England Keith Feiling A complete history
Family and Society in Early Stuart Glamorgan S.Wales Record Society Household accounts c.1565 to 1641
Welsh Crafts and Craftsmen Geraint Jenkins Crafts include love spoons, coracles and pottery
Cardiff: A History of the City City of Cardiff publication From Roman times to early 20th century
Archive Photographs: Pentyrch, Creigau and Gwaelod y Garth Pentyrch and District LHS Early photographs of these three distinct communities
Llantrisant Probate 1605 to 1858 Edited by J. Barry Davies Transcripts of probate records over the period
The Sums We Used to Do Dr Glyn Johns 11-plus maths of the 1940s
Wills and Inventories of Llantrisant Barry Davies (DVD) Wills and Inventories from 1605 to 1858
100 Lost Buildings and Structures of the Pontypridd Area Keith Jones Pictures of bygone Pontypridd
OS 1" 1809-1833 map Cassini Shows how Glamorgan used to be
  1 Doctor William Price Cyril Bracegirdle An account of the Doctor's early life
  2 Village Buildings Matthew Rice The variety of Britain's village buildings
  3 Called Up Sent Down Tom Hickman The story of the Bevan Boys
  4 The Royal Mint HMSO The history and production of coins
  5 Welsh Chapels Anthony Jones Descriptions of the most interesting chapels in Wales
  6 The History of Llwynypia Hospital Rhodri Powell A well illustrated history of the buildings and staff
  7 Local History, a handbook for beginners Philip Riden How to find out more about your locality
  8 Wills and Probate Records Daily Telegraph How to get the best from seemingly complex records
  9 Roots to Restoration Tonypandy College A DVD of the restoration of the Powerhouse
10 Llansannor LAMBS Historical development of rural Llansannor
11 Discovering Welsh Houses Michael Davies A guide to eighteen architectural gems
12 The History of Newton Church Gwyn Petty A DVD made about the church
13 Wales's Best One Hundred Churches T. J. Hughes Descriptions of the most interesting churches in Wales
14 Starting out in Local History Simon Fowler The history of a locality and the forces that shaped it
15 Early Modern Wales:1525 to 1640 J. Gwynfor Jones Tudor political settlement in Wales between the Acts of Union (1536 - 1543) and the Civil Wars
16 Historic Gardens of the Vale of Glamorgan Edited by Hilary Thomas Beautifully illustrated history of the gardens
16 Morgannwg Glam. History Soc. The regular publication of The Glamorgan History Society
17 Forde Abbey and Gardens A history and description of the Medieval Abbey
18 Iolo Morganwg Prys Morgan The life of this influential Welshman
19 Rice Merrick's Morganiae Archaiographia 1578 Edited by Brian James The history and topography of Glamorgan
20 An Iron Age Tribe Ray Howell The history of the Silures, an Iron Age tribe of S.E. Wales.
21 The Freeman of Llantrisant Noel Israel Llantrisant Church and the Freemen of Llantrisant.
22 Welsh Cowboys and Outlaws Cowboys and outlaws with Welsh heritage.
23 The Tonypandy Riots Gwyn Evans & David maddox An in-depth study of the 1910-1911 riots
24 Tonyrefail - the story of a community Walter Jones From pre-history to the mid 20th century
25 The History of Brynsadler and its People Edgeley Thomas The development from the early 19th century
26 Treforest, Glyntaff and Rhydyfelin Rhodri Powell A look back at the history of our locality
27 Rescuing the Past Early development of farming implements
28 The Welsh Arsenal M J Clubb History of the Bridgend Arsenal
29 Myths and Legends of Wales Tony Roberts Early Welsh folklore
30 A Rattleskull Genius Geraint Jenkins The story of Iolo Morgannwg
31 In the Footsteps of Alexander Cordell Chris Barber The life and works of the famous author
32 The Strength of the Hills George Ewart Evans An autobiography
33 Images of Wales:Llantrisant Dean Powell, 2002 A collection of over 200 photographs
34 Family and Society in Early Stuart Glamorgan Lloyd Bowen The household accounts of Sir Thomas Aubrey of Llantrithyd 1565-1641
35 Diary of William Thomas 1763 to 1795 S.Wales Record Society Daily life of rural Michaelston-Super-Ely and beyond
36 Sherborne Castle Ancestral Home of the Wingfield Digby family
37 Wales: History of a Nation David Ross A chronology from Roman times to 21st century
38 Bridges of Merthyr Tydfil W. L. Davies 300 bridges in the Merthyr area
39 Ponyclun and Talygarn Barry Davies & Trevor Rees An in-depth study of the Pontyclun district
40 The End of Antiquity Jeremy K. Knight Society in late Roman and early medieval Britain
41 A Catalogue of Glamorgan Estate Maps Glamorgan Archives
42 Roman Villas David E. Johns The lives of the prosperous Romans and early Britons
43 The World of Downton Abbey Highclere Castle, home of the Carnarvon family
44 The Masters of the Coalfield Michael Eyers The development of towns in Glamorgan and Gwent
45 Wales: A walk through time Brian Davies 10 to 18 mile walks from Flatholm to Brecon Beacons
46 Glamorgan Historian Stewart Williams Cardiff buildings, Mumbles railway and Maid of Cefn Ydfa
47 The Pocket Enquire Within The niceties and necessities of Victorian domestic life
48 Victorian Crafts Revived Caroline Green Arts and crafts of the Victorian age
49 The Cardiff Story Dennis Morgan The History of Cardiff from Roman Times up to Twentieth Century
50 Cardiff - A History of the City Prof. William Rees Particularly informative about the early history of the town
51 Cardiff Through the Ages Roy Noble (DVD) Cardiff's history including film of sporting events and personalities.
52 The Story of Wales John Gower The book accompaniment to the TV series "The History of Wales"
53 How well do you know Cowbridge? Jeff Alden The long and interesting history of Cowbridge
54 The Proud Valley Ealing Studios (DVD) Paul Robeson in a black and white picture of the pre-war valleys.
55 Lady Almina: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle The present Countess of Carnarvon The story of Lady Almina, Countess of Carnarvon (early 20th century)
56 Highclere Castle: Guide A guide to this magnificent building
57 The Eleven Plus Book Dr Martin Stephen Questions from actual Eleven-plus papers
58 Dr William Price Dean Powell Another book about this Welsh eccentric
58 The Life of Dr William Price Dean Powell Llantrisant's Famous Eccentric
59 Things of Beauty Oliver Fairclough The story of the two grand-daughters of David Davies
60 Victorian Childhood Janet Sacks Contrasts the differences in the lives of rich and poor Victorian children
61 Education, Education, Education Andrew Adonis The development of Comprehensive Education
62 Castell Coch David Mclees A history and guide to this fascinating building
63 Kenfig DVD Download Film Productions A history of the borough of Kenfig
64 The Maid of Sker R. D. Blackmore A novel about an old sailor who rescues a baby girl from the sea
65 Welcome to Kenfig Barrie Griffiths An historical guide to the ancient borough of Kenfig
66 Wales at War Stuart Broomfield Experiences of WW2 in Wales
67 The City of Newport Terry Underwood The development of Newport, Gwent from Roman times
68 Cardiff and the Marquesses of Bute John Davies An account of the Bute family and the development of Cardiff
69 Welsh Heroes of Coal The Western Mail A photographic history of the Welsh coal industry
70 The Astonishing Infantry Michael Glover A history of The Royal Welch Fusiliers
71 Wales: Churches, Houses, Castles Simon Jenkins The distinctiveness of Welsh buildings.
80 Buildings and Places in Welsh History H. V. Bowen Essays relating to historical locations in Wales
81 No Job for a Little Girl Rosemary Scadden Voices from domestic service
82 Brunel in South Wales Stephen K. Jones Brunel's influence on the industrial landscape of South Wales
84 Llanwynno Rev. Alan Meates An adaption of Glanffrwd's works
85 Living with the Enemy Roy McLoughlin Life in the Channel Islands under German rule
86 The Black Chair Phil Carradice WW1 novel tribute to Hedd Wyn
87 Rhondda Through Time Alun Seward and David Swidenbank Text and photographs of early 20th century Rhondda
88 On the Parish Raymond K. J. Grant Case studies of the lives of Glamorgan's poor.
89 The Chapels of Wales D. Huw Owen Details of Wales' 19th century chapels
90 The History and Antiquities of Glamorgan Thomas Nicholas Historical buildings and communities of the nineteenth century
91 Rhondda: My Brave Valley Emrys Pride A history of the people and places in the valley
92 Rhondda: Past and Future The industrial and social past of the Rhondda valleys
93 Coal, Carpets and Choirs Bill Richards
94 Cambrian Colliery and Connections Bill Richards
95 Lost Buildings of Pontypridd Keith Jones
96 Discover the Landscapes of the Past O.S.
97 Snapshots of Welsh History Phil Carradice Information about places and faces of the past
98 A Tiger Bay Childhood Phyllis Morgan Childhood memories of Tiger Bay told with illustrations and photos
99 In Search of Owain Glyndwr Chris Barber A detailed account of our national hero.
100 The Grand Designer. Third Marquess of Bute Rosemary Hannah The story and influence of a very rich eccentric
101 Historic Houses of Wales Simon Jenkins
102 A Biography of Viscount Tonypandy E. H. Robinson
103 The History of Lanelay Edgeley Thomas
104 Seven Wonders of the Industrial World Deborah Cadbury
105 The History of a Llynfy Valley Family Stephen J. Davies
106 A Tredegar Company Leslie M. Shore
107 British Churches Francis Frith Collection
108 Lost Treasures of Britain Roy Strong
109 Crecy 1346 Henri de Wailly
110 Glamorgan County History, Vol I
111 Glamorgan County History, Vol III Leslie M. Shore Middle Ages
112 Glamorgan Great Houses
113 Glamorgan County History, Vol IV Early Modern Glamorgan
114 Guto, Nos Galan Road Races Gary Marsh
115 Glyn Ogwr and Gilfach Goch Meiron Davies
116 The Five Hamlets of Llantrisant J. Barry Davies
117 Collieries of South Wales, Vol I John Cornwall
118 Collieries of South Wales, Vol II John Cornwall
119 The Manor of Tyr Iarll Stephen J. Davies
120 Knock 'em Cold Kid Elaine Morgan
121 River Taff Alvin and Ingrid Nicholas
122 Sully Glyn Jones and Elfyn Schoufield
123 Mr and Mrs Disraeli Daisy Hay
124 Wales under the Penal Code, 1662 to 1687 Thomas Richards
125 Llandaf, Past and Present John B. Hilling
126 South Wales Miners R. Page Arnot
127 The Castles of the Lordship of Glamorgan Jeston Homfray
128 Steam in South Walesi Hale
129 How to Write a Family History Terrick V. H. Fitzhugh
130 From the Horse's Mouth Dr Wynne's Diary
131 Religious Development in Wales
132 Parish Register of Wales
133 Aspects of Cowbridge Adrionne Leijerstam
134 A Gower Family Robert Lucas
135 Twm Sion Catty T. J. Llewelyn
136 Women's Rights and Duties Ursula Masson
137 The Story of Soloman Andrews John Andrews
138 The Coracle J. Geraint Jenkins
139 Merthyr Tydfil Tramroads and Locomotives G. Rattenbury and M. J. T. Lewis
140 Journal of Glamorgan, Vol LVI, 2012
141 Journal of Glamorgan, Vol LXI, 2017
142 Journal of Glamorgan, Vol LXII, 2018
143 Journal of Glamorgan, Vol XLVII, 2003
144 Journal of Glamorgan, Vol L, 2006
145 Journal of Glamorgan, Vol XLIX, 2005
146 Journal of Glamorgan, Vol LI, 2007
147 Journal of Glamorgan, Vol LII, 2008
148 Journal of Glamorgan, Vol LIII, 2009
149 Journal of Glamorgan, Vol LVII, 2013
150 Journal of Glamorgan, Vol LIX, 2015
151 Journal of Glamorgan, Vol LX, 2016
152 Record Sources for Local History Philip Riden
153 Aspects of Welsh History Glyn Roberts
154 The Valley of the Shadow John H. Brown
155 Handball, The Story of Wales' First National Sport Kevin Dicks
156 Journal of Glamorgan, Vol LV, 2011
157 The Twelfth Century Renaissance Christopher Brooke
158 Wales under the Indulgence, 1672 to 1675 Thomas Richards
159 Pontyclun Schools, A History Lesson Edgeley Thomas
160 Old Inns and Ale Houses of Cowbridge Cowbridge Records Society
161 We Made IT! ... and then what?, Porthcawl 1945 to 1952
162 How to Write and Publish Local History Bob Trubshaw
163 Maes-yr-Haf, The Time, The Place Allan Phillips
164 Pentyrch, Creigiau and Gwaelod y Garth Pentyrch and District LHS Archive photographs
165 Pencoed Past
166 The Local Historian's Encyclopaedia John Richardson
167 Wales Background history
168 The Jubilee of County Councils
169 Local History in England W. G. Hoskins
170 Millennium Video
171 Book of Remembrance: Gilfach Goch Mike John
172 Morgannwg Vol LXIV 2020 Glamorgan History Society
173 Morgannwg Vol LXV 2020 Glamorgan History Society
174 Howell's School, Llandaff, 1860-2010 Janet Sully A history of Howell's Girls' School
175 Meisgyn and Glynrhondda J Barry Davies History of the Farms of Pentyrch and Llanilltern