Around Merthyr Tydfil

I’d reported Agent Jeff’s work over in south Wales on a previous post – he’s done very good work in SA, you can see his progress here, at the end of the post, bringing the SA catalogue up to six. He told me there were more to come from that part of the country, and sure enough we had another SA, making that seven, and then a new postcode area NP, which is next to SA, and you can see Jeff’s findings here.

Now Agent Jeff is a very determined monkey hunter, and having discovered the Dukestown Cemetery monkey, NP1, bravely set off to find more. He’d spotted this tree from the A465, more commonly known as the Heads of the Valleys Road, it joins together the  northern ends (or ‘heads) of the South Wales Valleys. This is the route:

A465 route

Jeff had travelled further along into SA to Pembroke, from his home town of Hereford. Having tracked down the Dukestown Cemetery tree, he set off into the virtual world to find more. And more he did find, all around Merthyr Tydfil. Interestingly, all but one of these are in cemeteries. Additional trees in NP are two lovely trees guarding the gates at Rhymney Cemetery. Then further over into CF – yes another new postcode area – there’s a mature tree in Cefn Coed Cemetery, and a further three in Pant Cemetery. You need to look closely to see CF4 in the distance, well spotted Agent Jeff! There’s also a Google photo which shows the graveyard, but the monkey has just sneaked into the photo (below).

NP CF map cemeteries

Cemetery, top of CF4 just visible bottom right.

Pant Cemetery, top of CF4 just visible in the bottom right.

And whilst ‘googling’ for these monkeys, Jeff stumbled across another monkey, again a very mature specimen, in the grounds of Abercanaid House – CF5. This fine monkey puzzle tree outside the front of the house. And, thanks to Jeff’s very detailed research we have a photograph of this tree from the 1970s. This comes from a website – here – which is about the settlement of Abercanaid and its history as a coal mining town. It shows the tree in front of the house, which is said to be the birthplace of Sir William Lewis, Lord Methyr, on of the last coal barons. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen monkeys associated with the wealth of coal mine owners, we saw this in Halesfield in Shropshire – here.

You can see the tree here seen in the 1970s in front of the house, and present day behind the house. And, as Agent Jeff observed, it doesn’t really look that much bigger does it?

CF5 map and image

So, good work Agent Jeff, as usual. And another selection of monkeys bringing the total catalogue up to 330.

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