The village of Aberthaw
The photographs in this gallery are of the village of Aberthaw. We usually have some idea of dates from comparisons with known features such as build dates of certain building or structures.
The village dates to about the 13th century. Parts of the Blue Anchor public house are of this date. Aberthaw was a thriving port up until the 19th century. Unfortunately the river Thaw, which is very slow flowing, silted up the estuary which limited the ability of vessels to dock here. There was apparently a lucrative side industry involving smuggled tobacco.
Just outside the village is a lime kiln dating from the mid 1800s, the ruins of which still exist. The building is listed. Aberthaw has been a centre for cement production since about 1920 and has been home to 2 coal fired power stations since the mid 1950s.