In October the magazine planned a series of competitions for the winter of 1929-30, split into the categories of Hobbies, which included Handicrafts, Drawing, Reading, Essays, Story-Telling and Recitation, and Drama, which involved producing a play. The depth of the shafts and the quality of the steam coal extracted hence earned the colliery two nicknames in the South Wales coalfield: "Deep Navigation" and "Ocean Colliery". Park & Dare Institute – Home at last! Windsor Hotel – Stop to recover. Industrialist businessman David Davies of Llandinam, became interested in the Harris mine as early as 1890. The above image is an example of an accident and compensation register from the Ocean Coal Company Ltd Records (ref. He later became president of the district. Lose twelve turns, but take short cut to No.3. Go back two, and watch your step. In the early 1800s, a mineral lease was granted over 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) of land, owned by three farms: Twyn-y Garreg; Pantanas; Cefn Forest. Amongst one of the first collieries in South Wales to have shafts wound by electricity, it was the first colliery in South Wales to have pit head baths for its miners. Go back six to get your breath. Their job was to open and close ‘air doors’ to allow air flow around the mine. The current cataloguing and conservation of the National Coal Board and pre-vesting colliery company records held at Glamorgan Archives has been made possible by a Wellcome Trust Research Resources Grant. You know, I cycle fifteen or twenty miles a day back and fore to work, and pass two or three of my posters on the way. , Having constructed a new power house, which was also supplying Lady Windsor Colliery, the facility was electrically lit, and included an early electric shoe cleaner. David Davies, often cited as the first Welsh millionaire, was responsible for the development of railways within Wales and was also the man behind the creation of Barry Docks. The Ocean and National Magazine collection is an amazing resource for discovering what life was like for people living in the south Wales coalfield in the 1920s and 1930s. He also served upon the management committee of the Co-operative society in the early days and helped to form the South Wales Miners Federation after the great strike in 1898 and served upon the Taff Cynon district of miners for many years. He predicted that there would be another war in Europe, which would come with no warning, and could only be stopped by both a Tribunal and a police force. Door boys or doorkeepers were commonly young children.  Deep Navigation closed with 766 men on the books.  In later years, British Railways Class 37 locomotives rostered from Cardiff Canton and Barry depots, were placed in charge of coal hoppers on a Merry-go-round train, to transport coal to Aberthaw power station. This piece starts with Davies’ recollections of how the War was dealt with at the time. The Ocean Coal Company Ltd’s records, and those of its predecessor the David Davies Company, are now available to view on our catalogue, Canfod.
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