Williamstown, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Williamstown (Welsh: Trewiliam) is a veelage in Rhondda in the coonty burgh o Rhondda Cynon Taf, athin the historic coonty boondaries o Glamorgan, Wales. Williamstown wis foondit in the 1870s, is locatit at the fuit o Mynydd Dinas an is a destrict o neebourin veelage Penygraig.
Early history[eedit | eedit soorce]
Afore the Rhondda wis industrialisit in the mid tae late 19t century, the aurie whaur Williamstown nou resides, wis made up o firthlands occupeed bi spairsely populatit fermlands. Williamstown exhibits very little evidence o early habitation, a few Bronze Age cairns hae been discovered on Mynydd Dinas, but maist hafodi an ferm hooses tendit tae group aroond the River Rhondda locatit lawer doun the glen.
Hintle o the laund in the Rhondda, ance controlled bi individual fermers, haed been bocht up bi walthy absentee landlairds bi the stairt o the 19t century. The laund which wad become Williamstown wis bocht bi Walter Coffin, the pioneer o coal minin in the Rhondda, aroond the 1850s. In 1867 this laund wis inheritit bi the Williams faimily, through their faither, a cousin o Coffin. The Williams faimily gave their name tae the toun that wis built on their laund an amang the trustees o the faimily wis Caroline Elizabeth Williams, Arthur John Williams an Morgan Bransby Williams.