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HEALTH

Details of ravages of contagious diseases which led to the establishment of a “temporary” isolation hospital at Penybanc that remained open for 25 years and some birth and death statistics are provided in this section



Details of approximately 4,000 burials in Pentwyn Cemetary, however, due to at least 200 webpages being required to show all, sample entries only are shown and details on how to obtain information are given. Also details of weddings and wedding anniversaries and deaths, obituaries and burials .

EDUCATION

The history of education in the area is covered and has mainly been taken from newspaper reports going back as far as the 1860’s.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The progression of local government from the Gelligaer Rural and Urban District Councils and the services provided to the present day are briefly covered in this section.

DISTRESS from UNEMPLOYMENT

As a result of the many and frequent periods of unemployment, whether caused by market forces or strike action, the population of the village was very often greatly disadvantaged with regard to their daily sustenance. This section provides an insight into the way in which these situations were managed with regard to the provision of food, soup kitchens, clothes and entertainment to booster morale.

LAW and ORDER

Although still under construction, information on court cases from 1870 to 1905 are shown.

LITERARY FOCHRIW

Whereas it cannot be said that Fochriw ranks high in literary production I have included the era of “Penny Readings”, examples of writings about Fochriw and items, such as poems, by local inhabitants.

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

The rise and fall of the many choirs and the brass and silver bands is addressed in this section