In the small section for the village of Bryn I found space for the remains of one of its brickworks, listed with Cadw as rare examples of kilns associated with 19th century brickworks, the collieries and the story of the champion boxing miner Billy Beynon, and for the Beast of Bryn, the challenging annual alpine trail run that attracts runners from all across the world.
I didn't find the space for the old school whose high stone wall is still intact along Varteg Row and whose school gate stands on a field of rubble like a sentry.
Neither did I have the space for the adjacent St Tydfil's Church, built in 1902 with £5,500 donated by Emily Talbot. The original parsonage, opposite, and the church hall, built in 1915 and now used as a church, have both survived but all that remains of St Tydfil's is the foundation stone laid by Miss Talbot in 1900. The original church was sadly demolished in the 1990s due to a waning congregation.
Listen carefully now: can you hear the faint voices of lost men, the sobs of mothers and wives? Turn back on yourself: church bells and the laughter and ruckus of children playing? Sometimes it feels as if we are walking through history.
Bryn Residents' Action Group
And many thanks to Graham Rowland. for his company, memories and stories.