Jenkin Howell Miscellanea

Jenkin Howell Miscellanea

214a.
‘Cefndon farm shared a boundary with Gellibenuchel, and they say that this (Cefndon) was once the most extensive farm in the parish: it was undoubtedly so when it was occupied by Morgan Prys William in 1674. He and his descendants, until the end of the last century (18th), would winter around 100 horned cattle there. When Hirwaun Furnace was started by Mr Maybery, and followed by Anthony Bacon, in 1763 &c., &c., a large part of Cefndon farm was taken for the work’s needs. Maesyrhydiau farm was also taken for the same purpose. It was in one of this farm’s fields that Henry Crawshay first set eyes on his wife, a beautiful young girl, newly arrived from Brecon as a poor maid there.’

214b.
About a mile from Llygad Cynon towards Merthyr Tydfil, lies that part of the valley called ‘Naint’ (an old Welsh form of ‘nentydd’- streams), where the Aberdare Waterworks are located; and they are extensive and outstanding. If Aberdare was twice the size, it would have enough pure, clean and most desirable water from the Naint.

214c.
Facing the Naint is a farmhouse called Llwynmoch, where at the end of the last century (18th) and until at least 1832, dwelt two notable musicians – Thomas and Shon Llwynmoch. They taught tunes through numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. The key was number 1, not the old fashioned doh, me, soh. They would teach harmony by having the bass sing 1, 1, 1, 1, &c; boys with lighter voices 3, 3, 3, 3, &c; the girls to sing 5, 5, 5, 5,; and the young boys to sing 8, 8, 8, 8; the same with the other chords, 6/3, 6/4, the 7th &c. the common chord was called “Con-cord”. Their big mistake was to have the boys sing the melody and girls to sing tenor. Rosser Beynon from Merthyr, and others who followed the two brothers, had a lot of trouble persuading the boys and girls that they were in error. But, considering their ages and their advantages, the “Llwynmoch Boys” undoubtedly possessed first class talents.
DMJ. Translated from Y Geninen 1899, courtesy of Aberdare Library.

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