The Ocean Coal Company and ‘The Barry’-David Davies’s Extraordinary South Wales Enterprises book launch takes place in Stiwdio 1.
The book, by Welsh industrial historian Leslie Shore, published by Lightmoor Press, offers a long overdue history about the Rhondda’s foremost coal company. The Ocean Company’s first colliery openings were a commercial success and they occurred in the Rhondda Fawr Valley as Park, Dare, and Maindy collieries. Treorchy became home to the company’s offices for the overall management not only of its Rhondda collieries, but after expansion, pits in the Afan, Cwm Clydach, Garw, Ogwr Fawr, Sirhowy and Taff valleys.
The book also includes an account about the coal company’s strong association with the Barry Dock & Railway Company, whose creation was an initiative of Rhondda coalowners.
Ceri Thompson, Curator, Big Pit: National Coal Museum, will preside. The author will sign books after his introduction. The purchase price for the 272 page book, 275 X 215 mm, printed on gloss art paper, is £35.
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