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DEVELOPMENT
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FOCHRIW















Listed below are some details related to buildings obtained from Merthyr Express newspaper reports.

The Rising Sun Inn was built in 1859 and the following newspaper report records the giving up of the licence by its first licensee Mrs Ann Morgan

“Merthyr Express” 10 May 1902
Rising Sun Inn: Mrs Ann Morgan Leaves After 43 Years   On Wednesday, Mrs. Ann Morgan handed the licence of the Rising Sun Inn to her son Mr. Thomas Morgan, having a record of 43 years in the same house. Mrs. Morgan, with her and late husband, took possession of the house on May 1st, 1859. The Morgans are a well respected family. As well as the new licensee, the following were born at the house: Messrs. W. A. Morgan and Morgan Morgan of the General Picton, Pontlottyn, Mrs. A. G. Cook of the Blast Furnace, Pontlottyn, and Mrs. W. Phillips, who will go Pontlottyn with her mother. Mrs. Phillips' husband is the respected son of Mr. Isaac Phillips, grocer.

Newspaper report dated 24 July 1880 refers to Dowlais Iron Company’s wooden huts at Fochriw. It was a custom for mine owners to build low-cost temporary accommodation for their workforce until such time as they were certain that the industrial development was commercially viable.

By Public Auction on Monday 8 October 1894 Llwyn Iago farm and contents and stock 657 Mountain Sheep, 15 head of Cattle, 10 Horses an Ponies, Crops, Ruffage etc ) sold by Mr Evan Kinsey who was leaving the farm.

During June 1901 tenders were invited for building 44 houses at Fochriw, for the Fochriw Building Club (Plantation Terrace  etc?)

According to the 1901 census there were 522 inhabited houses, 353 tenements of less than 5 rooms, 1399 males, 1249 females a total 2648

Dr. W. W. Hones’ Annual Report for the Year Ending 30 June 1911: Population of Fochriw 4,022; Births 122; Deaths 11.6 per thousand.
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