Rhigos is a village between Glynneath and Hirwaun in Glamorganshire, South Wales. The original Rhigos was a small hamlet consisting of several farms and cottages. In 1943 the decision was made to build a munitions factory between the main Aberdare to Swansea road and the railway line to bolster the production of ammunition for the war in Europe. This was the start of the industrial estate. Other large and small companies followed like Sobells, Dunlop and Engart Fans. With the factories came people to work in them and a need grew for more housing. Initially temporary housing was built on land near the factories and they were called Beacon Road, Mountain View and Neath Road. The demand for housing increased and in the early 1950's the local authority built a housing estate known as "The Bryn". The building of this estate allowed the demolition of the temporary houses in Beacon Road, Mountain View and Neath Road. In the 1940's opencast mining moved into the area providing more work and also changing the landscape of Rhigos.
This site has been started to allow both the present residents of Rhigos and those that have left the area to contribute stories, memories and pictures of the village, people and events of the past and present.
Use the menu on
the left to select a page. The contents of each page are as follows:
Beacon Road -- Photos of Beacon Road and the people who lived there.
The Hostel -- Events at the Croesffordd Hostel
Rhigos people -- Photographs of Rhigos people in the early years.
The School -- Items and photos related to the village school.
Industry -- Items and photos related to the industry of the area.
Views and Buildings -- Items and photos related to the scenery and buildings of the area.
1970 onwards -- Items and photos related to the people of the village after 1970.
Past and Present -- Photos of people in their youth and in maturity.
Memories -- Peoples memories of their times in Rhigos.
Recent visits -- Photos and accounts of ex-pats recent trips back to Rhigos.
Miscellaneous Items -- a few items which don't fit anywhere else.
What's new -- Lists items that have been added recently
Many thanks to all who have contributed to the site to date. We look forward to lots more.
If you have anything you feel you would like to
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or if you have any comments or suggestions about the site, please contact us