Aberdare House

Mount Stuart Square, a designated conservation area since 1980, is home to something like 60 listed buildings. Some of these listed buildings are considered landmark buildings; some are not.

Aberdare House isn’t one of the landmark buildings, but when I recently wandered around the square with my camera, the carvings above the door really caught my eye. Sadly, I’ve been unable to learn much about its original history to date; if you know more about the building, please leave a comment below.

What I did find was that, 1933, it was the registered office of Bwllfa & Cwmaman Ddu Collieries Ltd, a company which operated nine coal mines in the Aberdare area, outputting one million tonnes of coal a year. By 1937, the company had changed its name to just Bwllfa & Cwmaman Collieries Ltd, and had moved its registered office to London. Both companies were run by Sir David Richard Llewellyn, a leading member of the coal mining industry in South Wales who was made a Baronet in 1922.

Today, Aberdare House is used by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and first round auditions for all of their 2010 acting programme will be held here. There also appears to be residential premises upstairs too; I found a mention of the sale of a flat back in 2007.

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4 Comments

  1. Silvis Rivers says:
    March 18th, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I am trying to discover which way the Cwmaman railway good trains would have taken out their mineral cargo in the 1930s – was it south towards Cardiff or was it towards Aberdare then towards Swansea – or indeed both ?. Looking at Google now it is difficult to see any traces too of what must have been some railway tracks at Cwmaman … Maybe you can help ? SR…

  2. Silvis Rivers says:
    March 18th, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I am trying to discover which way the Cwmaman railway good trains would have taken out their mineral cargo in the 1930s – was it south towards Cardiff or was it towards Aberdare then towards Swansea – or indeed both ?. Looking at Google now it is difficult to see any traces too of what must have been some railway tracks at Cwmaman … Maybe you can help ? SR…

  3. kevin says:
    October 9th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Hi,

    I am trying to find out more historical info on this building, and like yourself, i am finding it very hard to find out certain things about it. I have noticed it has been over 2 years since you had posted this, so i am hoping you have found more info on this building since.
    I am trying to find out when it was originally built and for what use? i have found it was originally 2 houses, but converted into one by Henry Budgen (local architect in 1920) but cant find the date it was 1st built. also, what was it used for after that company u mention moved its offices to london.
    would appreciate any help, and any historical info that u have come across would be beneficial to me.

    regards
    kev

  4. kevin says:
    October 9th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Hi,

    I am trying to find out more historical info on this building, and like yourself, i am finding it very hard to find out certain things about it. I have noticed it has been over 2 years since you had posted this, so i am hoping you have found more info on this building since.
    I am trying to find out when it was originally built and for what use? i have found it was originally 2 houses, but converted into one by Henry Budgen (local architect in 1920) but cant find the date it was 1st built. also, what was it used for after that company u mention moved its offices to london.
    would appreciate any help, and any historical info that u have come across would be beneficial to me.

    regards
    kev

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