History and Heritage

T.W. Davies, Vicar of Ystalyfera

Rev. T.W. Davies was vicar of Ystalyfera from 1954 to 1963, overseeing Saint David's Church and Holy Trinity as well as Saint James' mission church in Godrergraig.

The South Wales Voice newspaper of 12th February 1954 recorded information about the vicar designate of Ystalyfera, Rev Thomas William Davies.


The vicar designate of Ystalyfera, the Rev Thomas William Davies, is no stranger to the Swansea Valley.
He was born at Glais in 1902, where his father, Mr Griffith Davies was well known. His mother still lives at Cefn Road Glais.
Mr Davies entered the University when he was 30 and took his BA in history and philosophy at Swansea. He then took a two year postgraduate course at Bangor.
He was ordained a deacon in St Asaph Cathedral in 1937 and was ordained a priest at that cathedral in 1938.
He became curate of Bagillt Flintshire from 1937-1943 and was curate of Ystradgynlais from 1943-1946.
Mr Davies is married to a Clydach lady, the daughter of Mr R J Jones of East End Garage Clydach. They have three boys aged 14, 10 and 6.
Before entering university, Mr Davies was for some years on the staff of the Mond Nickel Works Co., Clydach and of Gilbertson's Steelworks Pontardawe.
He has always been interested in sport and was a competent rugby forward and hockey centre- half.
Provisional date for his induction at St David's church Ystalyfera is 9th April, the day after his 52nd birthday.

The Llais from Friday 24th June 1960 records his marriage in Llandaff Cathedral, meaning that his first wife, mentioned above, must have died somewhere between his arrival in 1954 and 1960.

Vicar of Ystalyfera Weds

The Wedding took place on Tuesday of the Rev T W Davies, Vicar of Ystalyfera, and miss Eileen Timothy of Abergwili, Carmarthen.
The ceremony was performed at Llandaff Cathedral
The Very Reverend Uriel Thomas, Dean of Llandaff, performed the ceremony.
The best man was Mr Clifford Davies, the eldest of the bridegroom's three sons who is a student at Swansea University College.
The reception took place at the Park Hotel, Cardiff.
The bride is a Moral Welfare Officer in the Diocese of Saint David's.