Hirwaun Historical Society was founded in June 1978 with a view to collecting and preserving local information. Since 1987 an annual calendar has been produced which shares our pictures with the public, encouraging more to be loaned to the Society.
Bordered to the north by the Brecon Beacons, Hirwaun (meaning Long Meadow) has a fascinating history much of which is uncelebrated. From the 10th century Battle of Hirwaun Common, through the rapid development driven by the Iron Masters and the coming of the railway to an amazing range of industry including the Wagonworks, Brickworks, Munitions and electrical goods.
At one time there were so many pubs and shops that almost every street had its own! There have been memorable events and memorable people and the aim of the Historical Society is to collect, collate and preserve our local history, from the Battle of Hirwaun Common to the more recent battle to preserve the village green, including new developments which are history in the making.
We meet ten times a year, in the Catholic Church Hall, Station Road, Hirwaun. Each year we have a programme of speakers, arrange visits to places of interest and encourage active original research.
Unfortunately, Covid 19 has interrupted our programme and we hope to resume in autumn 2021, once we have held an AGM. We look forward to resuming our activities and welcoming new members.