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Tirpentwys Colliery Coal Mine
Posted: 25/07/2009 11:37:51
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Just to let anyone who is interested know i did my engineering apprenticeship at Tirpentwys and when completed worked as
a fitter until colliery closure.
My father "Bob" Baker was a fireman also in this pit.
I lived just above the Colliery in the mining village of
Pantygasseg...in several locations including:
Mountain Gate Cottage/Cefn Coch and Ty Gwyn Cottages.
If anyone has any questions or memories then please feel free to ask on this forum.
Regards Paul Baker. 8)
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Posted: 24/08/2009 08:01:30
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Paul,

I was interested in your post regarding Tirpentwys. Though I never worked there, it had closed before I joined the coal industry, it was the first pit I went underground at. Only down No 1 to pit bottom, into the stables, to the bottom of No 2 and into to see the pump house and waterlodge. This would have been just after closure as everything seemed to be still in place eg pit top creeper etc.

In the early 70's I had a run down (again No 1 pit) with Archie Eckley the pumpsman. Edmund Edmunds was the banksman. I used to have a pit with Dennis Davies who was the pitman. Dennis said No 2 pit was a swine to cap. He siad you have one cgae in pit bottom and the other would be up the Pant!

I have some questions about the pit and would be grateful for some comments from you if you pick up this post.

My name is Gareth Roden and I lived in Mount Pleasant, Pontnewynydd before 'going north' to work in the Yorkshire mines.
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Posted: 26/08/2009 17:24:04
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Hi Gareth,
Nice to hear from you i actually live now in Pontrhydyrun in Cwmbran....i recognise all the names you mentioned and will be very happy to attempt to answer any
questions you may have about Tirpentwys or the Pantygasseg area.
Ask away and look forward to your comments regards

Paul Baker.
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Posted: 31/08/2009 12:48:24
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Hi Guys,

New member here.

Interested in you comments about Tirpentwys.

My Dad was a fitter there for 25years. He left in the mid 60's(not quite should of the date). Sadly we lost Dad in Feb of this year.
Just wondered if any of the members knew him?
Alfred George Watkins from St Cadocs Trevethin.

Regards
Wayne
IP: 89.241.110.229 Edited: 31/08/2009 13:03:57 by Welshman in Devon
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Posted: 14/09/2009 20:12:04
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Paul,

Could you let me know if you've received my e-mail and attachments that I sent on Sunday evening. Thanks alot.

Gareth
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Posted: 26/05/2011 12:47:04
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Hi Paul,
I don't know if you remember me John Curtis form the Pant. We went o school together. I remember that little cottage you lived in. It's interesting seeing your name pop up i hope you are well.

john
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Posted: 23/07/2011 22:05:27
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Hello Paul,

Perhaps you can help me. I am trying to find out a little more about the mines in the Cwmffrwdoer area, around Pontypool. I had a relative who lived in Buller Street in 1911 and worked as a Colliery Repair Man. I am uncertain which mine he may have worked in. As far as I can tell, there were several mines in this area: Plasycoed, Cwmffrwdoer, Eastern Valley Black Vein and Tirpentwys. Any idea which of these mines housed their workers in Buller Street or Kitchener Street?

Hope you can help,

David

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Posted: 24/07/2011 11:21:59
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David - have you tried posting on the welshcoalmines website as well? IP: 86.179.232.182
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Posted: 24/07/2011 12:05:08
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No, I have not. Will look into it.
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Posted: 14/10/2011 14:37:20
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Sorry about the delay in reply yes i knew your father quite well i also was a fitter at Tirpentwys from1961 til closure...
Sorry to hear that your father has passed away..
I myself am now 65+ years old and semi retired.
Best regards....PaulB.
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Posted: 14/10/2011 14:39:57
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Hiya John very pleased to hear from you and yes i remember you well i have followed your life with great interest my friend.
All the best...i now live in Pontrhydyrun in Cwmbran.
PaulB.
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Posted: 14/10/2011 14:42:31
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Hi David all i can tell you is that i worked with a father and son from buller/kitchener streets at Tirpentwys they were the Challengers if thats any help regards PaulB.
Tom the father and Mervyn his son.
Tom was pitman and banksman Mervyn was a Fitter.
IP: 94.8.103.245 Edited: 14/10/2011 15:13:37 by dragonsbreath
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Posted: 01/04/2018 10:10:09
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Bob

I viewed your post with interest from New Zealand where I have lived fro 30 years.

My dad worked at the pit. You mention the Mountain Gate house where his brother Ivor lived. Also Ty Coch and Ty Gwyn where my parents lived when they were married.I am pretty sure that is where I lived as a baby and youngster.

My mother's family - the Morgans - lived on farms around the Pant. My grandfather, Charles Morgan lived at Ty Shiwey until it was bull-dozed down by the NCB.

In 1947 we moved to Hafodyrynys but my dad still walked and cycled over to the pit until the 60s.
Regards wg
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