Tareni Colliery: The Mine, The Miners and Their Communities by Clive Reed is the story of a deep coalmine in Cwmtawe; the Swansea Valley, working at depths of up to 1000 feet below the surface in the disturbed geology underground that made mining that coal difficult and dangerous, and of the men and boys known as miners. That term took in the trades of colliers, miners, hauliers, timber men, riders, engineers, winding men, blacksmiths, and many other trades employed in the coal mining industry. At its peak period of employment, Tareni Colliery employed about 1000 miners, mostly underground, with nearly 200 employed on the surface in the preparation of coals for sale and transport.

This book is the result of five years’ research and interviews with former miners and mining families. This is the first book written as a full history of a coalmine and the mine owners, the miners and their families, the mining of anthracite coals, their uses, markets in the UK and Canada and the USA, and the coal mining communities of the Swansea Valley. It is a tribute to those Tareni miners, their trials and tribulations but also their joys and successes both in and outside of work, and to their families and to all those others who worked the hard anthracite coalmines of the Swansea Valley.

Tareni Colliery: The Mine, The Miners and Their Communities was launched at the Local History Book Fair at Swansea Museum (RI) on 22nd October. As part of the launch, the following short talks and/or book signings will take place at several locations in the Swansea Valley at Clydach, Pontardawe and Ystradgynlais libraries, Rhos Community Centre, Cilybebill.

VENUE TALKS (45 – 60mins) BOOK SIGNINGS
DATES TIMES TIMES
Clydach Library Oct 31st

Nov 7th

Dec 9th

1pm

11am

 

Following the Talk

All Afternoon

10am – 4pm

Pontardawe Library Nov 2nd, 21st

Nov 3rd

Dec 2nd

Dec 14th

11am

2pm

11am

2pm

All Afternoon

Following the Talk

All Afternoon

11am (Before the Talk)

Ystradgynlais Library Nov 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

Dec 16th

11am

11am

11am

All Afternoon

All Afternoon

All Afternoon

The “Gwachel” Pontardawe Inn Nov 7th at 8pm for the Swansea Vale Railway Club but all welcome. Book sales and signing after the talk.

 

Sales and book signings only at:

Rhos Community Centre Oct 29th, Nov 26th, Dec 3rd, 10th, 17th

Nov 30th

10am – 2pm

10am – 2pm

5pm – 8pm

Pontardawe Arts Centre Look out for Clive’s table when events are on

or before and after concerts etc

The Welfare, Ystradgynlais Look out for Clive’s sales table when heritage events are on

 

The book will be available to purchase from the following locations:

  • “This & That”, Herbert St, Pontardawe
  • “ATEB Consult”, 42 Ystalyfera (Phone 01639 849279 to arrange)
  • West Glamorgan Archive Service, County Hall, Swansea

It can also be bought via a cheque payable to: Clive Reed, 17 Smithfield Road, Pontardawe, Swansea SA8 4LA (include £4.95 p&p).

Tareni Colliery: The Mine, The Miners and Their Communities, Pp.300, Rrp: £30.00, Hardback.