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Abersychan and Garndiffaith Local History Group

Agricultural Heritage

Topography

The Abersychan part of the area covers the valley floor and upwards towards a shoulder high on the western side of the Eastern Valley. The shoulder flattens at Talywain before rising again at Garndiffaith, where the western side is the lower slopes of Varteg Fach mountain. To the eastern side of Abersychan - up and around in a half circle - are Byrgwm, Twyn Du, and Graig Ddu Mountains with the Coity Mountain behind the Varteg Fawr and Fach.

Village Heights

The elevations above sea level of the villages - in feet - are: Abersychan 500, Talywain 900, Garndiffaith 920, and Varteg 1002.

Agriculture

Most of the land is used for hill farming - mainly pasturing the hardy Welsh Mountains Breeds, with, until the mid 20th. century, some arable farming of rye, barley, and turnips. Prior to the Industrial Revolution the valley was covered with trees and the only tracks were between the hill farms and the churches that served them. The picture above is of 'Castle Farm', which was located to the side of Farm Road, Talywain. The right hand side of the building is the original one and was reputed to be the oldest building on Talywain at C15th. century. It was finally demolished around the year 2000. Cattle drovers used the mountain tracks to take their cattle to market. Hill farms were said to occur at least half mile apart so as to maintain at least a subsistence existence. Today, there is no production of any food crops on the hill farms that dot the area, but sheep are still held in large numbers, though this hill - farming way of life is being threatened by the economics of the EEC.


Last Modified on: 05-11-2015

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Claire Allain - Jewellery Showcase

Date:
06/10/2018 - 17/11/2018
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Having recently returned to the UK after living in New Zealand for ten years, Claire has been experimenting with new techniques. She has been working with a variety of techniques and marrying metals together to create wearable sculptures or as she likes to call them wearable "Sketches", like little mini contemporary paintings

Eighteen - The Lost Generation - Exhibition

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06/10/2018 - 17/11/2018
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Almost half a million men enlisted in the first two months of The Great War, however recruitment soon fell dramatically and conscription was introduced in January 1916.Most single men from the ages of 18 to 41 were liable to be called up for service and by the end of war over five million British men had served.

Katharina Klug - Craft Showcase

Date:
06/10/2018 - 17/11/2018
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Katharina create timeless vessels for contemporary interiors. Each piece is individually made from porcelain on the potter's wheel. Naïve, spontaneous pencil strokes, graphic simple patterns that create movement and direction.

Suffrage -Textiles Exhibition

Date:
06/10/2018 - 17/11/2018
Description:
Textiles celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage. An exhibition focusing on textile art and political expression to mark the Centenary of Women's Suffrage. In the early 20th Century women used skills learned at home to give voice to their political struggle; in aprons, ribbons and banners they visually propelled their call for universal suffrage to a wider audience.
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