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Community of Bargain Hunters

Philip Silver

Rhondda Heritage Park

Rhondda, South Wales, UK

17th June 2007 15:27

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The Rhondda is often quoted as being synonymous with that of coal. However 150 years ago the Rhondda Valleys were almost unknown and existed as a sparsely populated rural wilderness. For centuries the Rhondda Valleys remained in pastoral glory, with clear running streams and waterfalls, and beautiful trees and flora. The small sheep rearing community that populated the few occasionally scattered farmhouses existed as they had for centuries, as a sleepy rural community.

In the second half of the nineteenth century coal was discovered in the Rhondda and by the end of the century Rhondda was one of the most important coal producing areas in the world. The coal industry at its peak in Wales employed one in every ten persons and many more relied on the industry for their livelihood.

The minning communities we're a very close knit communities generally going to chapel on Sundays and enjoying singing.

The Rhondda Heritage Centre captures the atmosphere of these communities in days gone by.
http://www.rhonddaheritagepark.com

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