Maesteg Town Hall Heritage Interpretation Project

We are looking for volunteers to help us research the history and heritage of Maesteg Town Hall. As this research will need to be undertaken from home, due to the coronavirus restrictions, volunteers will need access to the internet or a selection of local history books. Specialist knowledge or experience is not a requirement – …

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Work Begins on Maesteg Town Hall’s £8.2m Redevelopment

Construction work is due to start this week on the £8.2m repair, restoration and extension of Maesteg Town Hall. The Grade II listed building is being restored back to its former glory and extended on one side with a new glass atrium, studio theatre and cinema space, a café and mezzanine bar, and a modern …

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John Thomas, Pencerdd Gwalia (Chief Musician of Wales)

John Thomas, world famous, celebrated Welsh harpist was born on St David’s Day 1826 in Bridgend.  He came from a very musical family – his father played the clarinet and 3 of his siblings also became harpists. As a child he spoke only Welsh and played the triple harp in the traditional Welsh style. He …

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The Hidden History of Suffrage at Maesteg Town Hall

Maesteg Town Hall has been visited by many famous faces over the years, and many political meetings have been held within, but you may not be aware of our connections with one of the 20th century’s most important human rights campaigns, the women’s suffrage movement.  Women won limited voting rights in 1918, after a hard–fought campaign, but those …

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The New Town Hall, 1881

Arts, culture and music had been an important part of life in the Llynfi Valley for generations, making their home in chapels and local eisteddfodau before we had a central Town Hall.   The earliest recorded eisteddfod in Maesteg took place in 1838 at the Coytrahen Arms, which then spilled over into Carmel Chapel, a far from ideal situation that …

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