Brynamman

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Brynamman
Brynamman is located in Carmarthenshire
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Brynamman shown within Carmarthenshire
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51°48′54″N 3°52′17″W / 51.81512°N 3.87136°W / 51.81512; -3.87136Coordinates: 51°48′54″N 3°52′17″W / 51.81512°N 3.87136°W / 51.81512; -3.87136

Brynamman (Welsh: Brynaman) is a village on the south side of the Black Mountain (Y Mynydd Du), part of the Brecon Beacons National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog). The village is split into Upper Brynamman and Lower Brynamman by the River Amman, which is also the boundary between the counties of Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot (in the old county of Glamorganshire). Ruins of stone dwellings (possibly prehistoric), an early type of lime kiln and rectangular medieval buildings found on the mountain show that hunans have lived in this area for a long time.

In the 18th century the Industrial Revolution, with iron and tin works and especially coal mining, transformed the area from a small, scattered farming community to a built-up, highly populated commercial centre. The Welsh language was at the fore and the successful participation in local and national eisteddfodau by numerous village people, choirs and bands put Brynamman on the map.[citation needed]

It was once a thriving village, with three bank branches on Station Road in Upper Brynamman alone.[citation needed] Today there are no industries in or around the village, its inhabitants having to commute to Ammanford, Swansea or Llanelli for work. The whole area has become more attractive to live in, with countryside and the wild open areas available for walking on the Black Mountain (Y Mynydd Du). It is still a stronghold of the Welsh language; children are taught the language at school, and it is spoken by the great majority of the local people.

Brynamman was previously known as Y Gwter Fawr (Welsh: "The Big Gutter"); the name was changed when the railway from Ammanford reached the village. The traveller and writer George Borrow describes aspects of Gwter Fawr in the mid-19th century in his book Wild Wales which was published in 1862. The current name is derived from "Brynamman House", the home of John Jones, builder of the railway.

Brynamman Golf Club (now defunct) first appeared in the mid 1920s. It continued into the 1930s.[1]

Treftadaeth Brynaman Heritage[edit]

Treftadaeth Brynaman, or Brynamman Heritage, is a well-established local history group based in the library of the Community Centre in Upper Brynamman. The group has undertaken a number of local history projects; the results are displayed at the Community Centre. The group has a membership of 29[when?] although only ten of these are very active within the group. For the Community Archives Wales project, the group are keen to research the changing nature of the shops and businesses in Brynamman, over the last century, and have a wide collection of photographs, billheads, letters and artefacts to digitise.

Bryn Rovers AFC[edit]

CLUB ACHIEVEMENTS NEATH AND DISTRICT LEAGUE FIRST TEAM 1986/87 Division 5 Runners Up 1988/89 Division 3 Runners Up/Division 3 Cup Runners Up 1993/94 Division 2 Champions 1994/95 Division 1 Champions 1999/00 Division 1 Cup runners up 2000/01 Division 2 Runners up 2003/04 Division 1 Cup Runners Up 2005/06 Division 1 Winners / Division 1 Cup Winners 2007/08 Swansea Valley Cup Winners 2009/10 Premier Division Runners Up 2010/11 Premier Division Cup Winners 2011/12 Champion of Champions Winners

SECOND TEAM 1999/00 Reserve Division 3 Cup Winners 2000/01 Reserve Division 3 Runners Up 2002/03 Reserve Division 2 Runners Up 2005/06 Reserve Division 2 Runners Up 2005/06 Reserve Division 2 Cup Winners 2006/07 Reserve Open Cup Winners 2007/08 Reserve Division 1 Runners Up 2008/09 Reserve Division 1 Runners up 2009/10 Reserve Division 1 Cup Runners Up 2011/12 Reserve Division 1 Runners Up 2011/12 Reserve Division 1 Cup Winners 2012/13 Reserve Division 1 winners 2012/13 Reserve Open cup winners 2012/13 Reserve Division 1 cup winners

THIRD TEAM 2008/09 Reserve Division 3 Winners 2010/11 Reserve Division 3 Cup Runners Up

CLUB RECORDS Junior League Cups Won 1 Junior League Cup Runners Up 2 Cwmaman x 2 Most Mini Goals Nick Spowart 132 Most Mini Goals in a game Andy Bevan 10 (04/05) Most Goals in a game Del Patel 12 v Mount Pleasant (2001/02) Most Goals in a season Alun Howells 48 Highest Win 1sts v Garden Suburbs 17-1 (2005/06) Highest 2nd team win 15-1 Ysradgynlais B (1990/91) Highest 2nd team Away win 15-1 Ysradgynlais B (1990/91) Highest Scoring Draw 2nds v Onllwyn 7-7 (2007/08) Highest Scoring Loss 3rds v CMB 12-0 (1995/96) Quickest hat trick was Clive Phillips 5 minutes (1988/89) Most Own Goals in a Game 3 Gareth Roberts Biggest 3rd team win 11-0 v Pontardullais (08/09) Fastest goal Andrew Evans 7 seconds v Cwm Wanderers (08/09) Quickest goal conceded in a cup final, 7 seconds Premier Division Cup Final V Giants Grave 2010/11 Youngest Senior Player John Evans Oldest Senior Player Doug Davies/Derrick Lane 52 Least Amount of Losses in a Season 0 (2011/12) 2nds Oldest Goalscorer Doug Davies 48 years old V Sunnybank B (1988/89)

Ynys Dawela[edit]

Ynys Dawela Nature Park in the snow January 2010

Situated adjacent to the west of Brynamman, Ynys Dawela Nature Park nestles in the upper reaches of the Amman Valley. Its northern boundary is the Brecon Beacons National Park with the rugged backdrop of the Black Mountain whilst the river Amman, with its fringe of ancient oak woodland, forms its southern boundary. The park covers an area of 39 acres (15.8 hectares) and was once a working farm. The meadows dating from this period now support a rich assortment of flowers, some of which are scarce, like the Whorled Caraway and Meadow Thistle. The meadows are at their most beautiful in late summer when most of the flowers are in bloom.

The park has a range of important habitats supporting a diverse assemblage of plant and animal life. The wet grasslands, marshy ground and ponds are particularly important to amphibians, like newts, frogs and toads whose numbers are in decline throughout the world.

The site narrowly escaped opencast mining, before Dinefwr Borough Council secured its future by purchasing it from British Coal. Since then the park has been developed for quiet recreation and educational use. Its patchwork of meadows woods and wetlands, linked by a series of paths are now open for all to enjoy. The park is managed by Carmarthenshire County Council supported by volunteers from the Friends of Ynys Dawela.

Gallery of photos[edit]

Tregib Arms[edit]

The Tregib Arms is a public house in Brynamman built around 1860.

The first ever union branch to look after the needs of Welsh anthracite miners was started in the public bar in 1891. [2] The original certificate can be viewed in the lounge bar.

During the 1930s Welsh middleweight boxing champion Tommy Davies[3] was a regular customer; his photo can be seen in the main bar.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Brynamman Golf Club", "Golf’s Missing Links".
  2. ^ The Society for the Protection of the Anthracite Miners Archived July 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Tommy Davies". Britishboxing.net. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 

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