Memories of Abergwynfi

I Grew Up Here

My first recollection of living in the valley was at Duffrin where my sisters Pat and Pam Smith also lived, later we moved to the Gwynfi, and that is where I lived and was educated in the local infants school at the bottom of the hill near the river and bowing green, then to the local Secondary Modern at the top of the hill, ...Read full memory

Football

I left Blaengwynfi in 1952 when I was fourteen. My father was Emlyn (Capers) Thomas and my mother was Betty (Scotch) Thomas. I had four brothers and a sister. I remember that I was one of the ball boys at the football pitch at the top of the mountain. When the ball was kicked out of the pitch we ran down the mountain and the ...Read full memory

Family Research

My family have always been associated with Abergwynfi, since my father, Talfryn Jones was born there on 21/05/1898, through to my great-grandmother Elizabeth dying there on 07/04/1909, and my great-grandad Benjamin Jones on 25/12/1929 at 153 Jersey Road, witnessed by his grandson William Thomas Williams. I wonder if anyone ...Read full memory

A Long, Long Time Ago.

My memories relate to an era around the early 1960s. My father: Cyril Rex Speck, was, I believe, born and raised in Abergwinffi. His father, can't remember his name, owned a cafe: I think on Jersey Road; I remember playing outside and being able to see the steam trains in the distance. My grandfather's, second wife, ...Read full memory

A memory of Abergwynfi by Gordon Speck

People I Knew

I knew Gordon Speck's granddad and his second wife, also their daughter Helen. His granddad used to teach music and singing in the Westlyan chapel when I was a child, At 12 years old I was confined to bed for two years and it was Mrs Speck who started my love of reading, she came to vist and bought me a book 'What Katy Did' ...Read full memory

Family

My Uncle Dai was from Abergwynfi, his name was Dai Hopkins. His wife was Dolly. They had my cousins Clive and Joanie and lived in Nantyffyllon.

A memory of Abergwynfi by Eira Waite

My Family Roots

My father lived in Abergwynfi as a child, his name was Peter Thomas Walley. My grandmother was from the area, her maiden name was Eirwen Thomas and she had  brothers named Estyn, Edward, Emlyn and Thomas. She also had a sister named Ginny (Janette). My father had copper coloured hair, so there may be people who are ...Read full memory

Photograph

I have a photograph of your Grandfather Gordon Speck if this is any good to you?? Roy Lewis

A memory of Abergwynfi by j12rtl

No Longer A Church

This church had been derelict for many years and was still derelict when I returned home on R & R. I believe it is now a business premises. Shame a waste of a lovely church.

Land Of My Fathers

I loved growing up in the 'cape' as we called it. In the hot summer of 1977 I remember going up the mountain behind Villiers Road to go picking whinberries with my uncle Peter Morris, and I insisted on carrying them back down the hill and fell over with the tiny berries flying every where! They took hours to pick. I ...Read full memory

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