Oral History collection: Robert James Edmunds (born Sep-09) interviewed by B.C. Fagg about Work experiences in Landore Brickworks; work experiences on L.M.S. Railway in Swansea Valley; bombing of Swansea. .

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 216 TH 47A-B
  • Dates of Creation
      3 Mar. 1977
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 audio recording

Scope and Content

Track 1. [00:00:05] General: Barry Fagg introduces James Edmunds (called Bob?) 03/03/1977. [00:00:13] Industry: Mines explosions in Caerphilly and Pontypridd . Huge loss of life. [00:01:44] Weather: Tornado striking Merthyr down to Pontypridd circa 1913-4. Ruined the whole valley. [00:06:44] First World War: Hindenburg flying over Dowlais Works in Merthyr Tudfil. [00:08:52] Industry: Brief recollection of family history in collieries, including accidents and industrial diseases. [00:11:20] Work: Life as a hairdresser as no work in Industry. [00:13:34] Industry: Brief sojourn as a Bus Conductor with the Imperial Motor Company of Abercynon, later joining Union and getting dismissed as a result. [00:14:04] Industry: Difficulties of all school-leavers in finding work at that time. [00:14:58] Industry: Spending 6 weeks as a hairdresser, then leaving hairdressing and joining Uncles building company - built Grand Hotel, a stand in the Vetch, etc. [00:17:23] Community: Recalling childhood holidays spent in Swansea. [00:17:57] Industry: Joining Baldwins brickworks, description of furnaces and working conditions (extendeds till 33m 38s). [00:33:47] Industry: White Rock scrap works. [00:35:47] Industry: Description of Industries along Lower Swansea Valley seviced by White Rock scrap works. [00:40:21] Industry: Gilbersons Tin works Pontardawe. [00:41:10] Industry: Buggy Bolsters - use of very long trailers to transport scrap. [00:42:21] Industry: Diamond, Varteg, and the 'Next Week' collieries, Ystalyfera, onto Cwmtwrch and ending in Cwmllynfell. [00:45:17] Industry: Description of sidings used in distribution of Coal and other industries. [00:47:46] Industry: Description of Six Pit Spelter works (lead, acid and spelter). [00:49:25] Industry: Platinum as a by-product of smelting by use of Australian Sand. [00:50:06] Industry: Use of railways in Industry. [00:52:10] Industry: Decline of Coal Industry after 1926 strke and further demise after 1945. [00:55:56] Industry: Use of shipping, Merchant Navy to transport cargo from Swansea in early 1930s. [00:57:21] Industry: Observation of decline of the valley on return to valley in 1950, no collieries. [00:59:20] Industry: Davy Evans Bevan, owned all of Dulais Valley, houses, industries and pubs (Recording ends 62m 39s).

Track 2. [00:00:05] Industry: James Edmunds (a.k.a. Bob) continues talking, recalling being a Veterinary assistant in 1930. [00:00:56] Industry: Description of work as a Vetinary assistant looking after Colliery Horses (poor quality audio in places). [00:11:35] Disease: Suspected Foot and Mouth Disease in Pontardawe turns out to be Yew Tree poisoning. [00:14:32] Disease: Suspected Foot and Mouth Disease in Llanmadoc turns out to be a tough stalk of Canadian Hay penetrating Cow's Lung. [00:16:29] Disease: Discussion of possible Swine Fever but recording ends at 17m 09s.