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Rhondda and Wye

The clear waters of the River Wye and the rural areas it flows through offer a stark contrast to the industrialised Rhondda where the River Taff runs black with coal dust.

School programme and Educational film 1948 20 mins

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Overview

A potted history of agriculture and coal mining, contrasting the course of the River Wye, as it flows through rural areas from Pumlumon to the sea at Chepstow, and the industrialised Rhondda where the River Taff runs black with coal dust. The Treforest Trading Estate, a new venture, proves that times are a-changing, with light industry now offering alternative jobs for both men and women in the valleys.

This film includes footage from films ‘The Silent Village’ (a Crown Film Unit Production, 1943) and ‘To-day We Live – a film of life in Britain’ (produced by the Strand Film Company, 1937).