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P number: P209700
Old photograph number: A09789
Caption: Housing at Clydach Vale, north side of Cwm Clydach, Glamorgan. Looking north-west.
Description: The principal source of building stone throughout the valleys of the South wales Coalfield area was the local Carboniferous Pennant Sandstone. Most of the stone was obtained from small quarries close to the construction sites. The sandstones provided block stone, paving and in earlier times roofing stone. The houses in this image are however, roofed with the more common metamorphic slates from North Wales. The terraced rows of houses in Clydach Vale, built of Pennant Sandstone quarried from the local Rhondda Formation are typical those in other South Wales Coalfield valleys. They were constructed to house the workforce for the coal mine sited in the valley bottom. The Pennant Sandstone was the most important source of building sandstone in the South Wales Coalfield area. The endless rows of stone built terrace housing, date from the establishment of the coal mining industry in the area. The terraced housing is found climbing up the sides of all the valleys, were all constructed of local blue-grey Pennant Sandstone.
Date taken: 01/01/1961
Photographer: Pulsford, J.M.
Copyright statement: Crown
X longitude/easting: 297500
Y latitude/northing: 192500
Coordinate reference system, ESPG code: 27700 (OSGB 1936 / British National Grid)
Orientation: Landscape
Size: 303.95 KB; 1000 x 785 pixels; 85 x 66 mm (print at 300 DPI); 265 x 208 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
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