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Brynmawr Furniture Makers, The

Manylion a Disgrifiad y Llyfr | Book Details & Description

  • ISBN: 9781845274023
  • Mary Wiliam, Eurwyn Wiliam, Dafydd Wiliam
  • Publication July 2012
  • Format: Paperback, 210x148 mm

The story of an enterprise started by the Quakers in Brynmawr in south Wales in the 1920s. This former coal-mining town was amongst the worst hit by the Depression. In 1928 the Quakers started a settlement there, and decided that what the town needed most Ÿ more than education Ÿ was work. They took over disused factories and started a boot-mending business, and a furniture workshop.

Author Biography:
Mary Wiliam has written several popular books on language and on antiques, and is the recognised authority on the Welsh-language dialect of south-east Wales. Eurwyn Wiliam is currently Chairman of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, and has written many books on architectural and social history. Their son Dafydd Wiliam specialises in designing and building Iron-Age-style roundhouses, on which he is currently writing two books.

Further Information:
The story of an enterprise started by the Quakers in Brynmawr in south Wales in the 1920s. This former coal-mining town was amongst the worst hit by the Depression. In 1928 the Quakers started a settlement there, and decided that what the town needed most – more than education – was work. They took over disused factories and started a boot-mending business, and a furniture workshop. Soon Brynmawr furniture was famous, and there was even a showroom in a fashionable area of London. Production continued until the outbreak of the Second World War, when many of the workers were called into the Forces.

The book tells of Brynmawr before and during the Depression, and the setting up of the Brynmawr Furniture Company Ltd. It details the construction of the various items of furniture, and who bought them – many notable Welsh people supported the venture. Finally the authors tell where Brynmawr furniture can still be seen today.

This book is an expanded version of the Welsh-language volume published in 2010.