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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

 58 The Life of Dr William Price Dean Powell Llantrisant's Famous Eccentric
 16 Historic Gardens of the Vale of Glamorgan Edited by Hilary Thomas Beautifully illustrated history of the gardens
 26 Treforest, Glyntaff and Rhydyfelin Rhodri Powell A look back at the history of our locality
 38 Bridges of Merthyr Tydfil W. L. Davies 300 bridges in the Merthyr area
  9 Roots to Restoration Tonypandy College A DVD of the restoration of the Powerhouse
A History of England Keith Feiling A complete history
 35 Diary of William Thomas 1763 to 1795 S.Wales Record Society Daily life of rural Michaelston-Super-Ely and beyond
Family and Society in Early Stuart Glamorgan S.Wales Record Society Household accounts c.1565 to 1641
  6 The History of Llwynypia Hospital Rhodri Powell A well illustrated history of the buildings and staff
 24 Tonyrefail - the story of a community Walter Jones From pre-history to the mid 20th century
 10 Llansannor LAMBS Historical development of rural Llansannor
 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
 33 Images of Wales:Llantrisant Dean Powell, 2002 A collection of over 200 photographs
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
 14 Starting out in Local History Simon Fowler The history of a locality and the forces that shaped it
  8 Wills and Probate Records Daily Telegraph How to get the best from seemingly complex records
  7 Local History, a handbook for beginners Philip Riden How to find out more about your locality
Llantrisant Probate 1605 to 1858 Edited by J. Barry Davies Transcripts of probate records over the period
 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
  5 Welsh Chapels Anthony Jones Descriptions of the most interesting chapels in Wales
 16 Morgannwg Glam. History Soc. The regular publication of The Glamorgan History Society
  4 The Royal Mint HMSO The history and production of coins
 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
 21 The Freeman of Llantrisant Noel Israel Llantrisant Church and the Freemen of Llantrisant.
 20 An Iron Age Tribe Ray Howell The history of the Silures, an Iron Age tribe of S.E. Wales.
 22 Welsh Cowboys and Outlaws Cowboys and outlaws with Welsh heritage.
The Sums We Used to Do Dr Glyn Johns 11-plus maths of the 1940s
 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
 46 Glamorgan Historian Stewart Williams Cardiff buildings, Mumbles railway and Maid of Cefn Ydfa
 45 Wales: A walk through time Brian Davies 10 to 18 mile walks from Flatholm to Brecon Beacons
 48 Victorian Crafts Revived Caroline Green Arts and crafts of the Victorian age
 47 The Pocket Enquire Within The niceties and necessities of Victorian domestic life
 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.
Wills and Inventories of Llantrisant Barry Davies (DVD) Wills and Inventories from 1605 to 1858
 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
 58 Dr William Price Dean Powell Another book about this Welsh eccentric
 59 Things of Beauty Oliver Fairclough The story of the two grand-daughters of David Davies
 57 The Eleven Plus Book Dr Martin Stephen Questions from actual Eleven-plus papers
 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
 65 Welcome to Kenfig Barrie Griffiths An historical guide to the ancient borough of Kenfig
 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
 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
 71 Wales: Churches, Houses, Castles Simon Jenkins The distinctiveness of Welsh buildings.
 70 The Astonishing Infantry Michael Glover A history of The Royal Welch Fusiliers
 85 Living with the Enemy Roy McLoughlin Life in the Channel Islands under German rule
 84 Llanwynno Rev. Alan Meates An adaption of Glanffrwd's works
 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
 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
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
Snapshots of Welsh History Phil Carradice Information about places and faces of the past
 3 Called Up Sent Down Tom Hickman The story of the Bevan Boys
 2 Village Buildings Matthew Rice The variety of Britain's village buildings
 1 Doctor William Price Cyril Bracegirdle An account of the Doctor's early life
 23 The Tonypandy Riots Gwyn Evans & David maddox An in-depth study of the 1910-1911 riots
 25 The History of Brynsadler and its People Edgeley Thomas The development from the early 19th century
 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
 34 Family and Society in Early Stuart Glamorgan Lloyd Bowen The household accounts of Sir Thomas Aubrey of Llantrithyd 1565-1641
 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
 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
 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
A Tiger Bay Childhood Phyllis Morgan Childhood memories of Tiger Bay told with illustrations and photos
In Search of Owain Glyndwr Chris Barber A detailed account of our national hero.
The Grand Designer. Third Marquess of Bute Rosemary Hannah The story and influence of a very rich eccentric