finish early. Wages would be around 2/11d (15p) a day but he would be very lucky if he received this grand sum under the old Truck System.
The following reports were published in the Merthyr Express.
12 November 1927 The Coal Trade Fochriw, in common with other places, is keenly feeling of the depression in the coal trade. There are frequent stoppages at Ogilvie and Groesfaen collieries. The Fochriw levels of Messrs. Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds are working regularly.
2 August 1930 Stop Trucks Owing to depression, the levels of G.K.N. Ltd at Fochriw were idle the latter part of last week, and the first few days of this week. Work resumed on Wednesday.
3 September 1938 Brithdir Levels: Closing Down Saturday saw the closing down of the Brithdir Levels - a sad blow to the once thriving coal mining village of Fochriw. The closing down of the Fochriw collieries in 1924, and now the closing down of the levels, have been a severe blow to what was once known as a prosperous village.
The Brithdir No1 level was worked by Morgan & Jenkins between February 1954 and September 1963
Map, dated 29 December 1928 showing areas of ground leased from the Bute Estate for haulage/ tramway planes The missing connection, called Joseph’s Incline, from the river to Pentwyn on the left of the drawing was leased from Llwyn Iago Farm.