I was born in 1943 and lived at Ely Cottage, Rock Street. The house was built by my Grandfather around 1920, I have a page from a 1926 telephone directory stating that the house was a business address of the Adams Brothers, (not sure if this was my Grandfather William and his Brother George or maybe my Father, ...Read full memory
I was brought up in Aberkenfig, we lived in Sandfields Road, behind the then fire station. I well remember the school in Tondu and the infants' school in Pandy Road. We often as kids sat on the wall outside Pandy to listen to the choirs practising. I remember the Welfare Hall, the Lyric cinema, the youth club, Tondu NCB sports ...Read full memory
I think this was in the mid fifties. We lived at 15 Dunraven Street and at the top of the street there was quite a steep hill (it's all closed off now) and at the top of the hill was an entrance to the Forestry Commision land. During school holidays a gang of us local boys would spend hours and hours playing in the ...Read full memory
In 1918 my great gran's father Samson Roberts, a horse dealer, was injured during a horse race on the 'Golden Mile' near Aberkenfig. He died of his injuries at home in Dunraven St, Aberkenfig. His wife, Mary Ann, was a tiny lady and they had 11 children. His brother Joey 'Jockey' Roberts owned a scrapyard in Aberkenfig.
Penybont Carnival Display Band mid 1970''s Growing up in Aberkenfig was good fun. I attended Tondu infants and Junior schools, later on Ynysawdre comprehensive school. Along with quite a few of my friends, I was a member of Penybont Carnival display Band. Our jazzband went to a good many places I ...Read full memory
I went to school first at Tondu infants and then to the Primary school, I remember when we had the school photographs taken in the play yard (where are they now?). I had a really great and happy childhood there living with all the family at 15 Dunraven Street, and friends nearby. It was a great occasion when Franky Vaughn ...Read full memory
Parc Slip Exposion – 26th August 1892 and-My memories of home life and school On the morning of Friday the 26th August 1892 an explosion occurred at Parc Slip Colliery, The Fountain, Aberkenfig, near Bridgend in which my (Catherine Delahay’s) great grandfather Lewis Cockram aged 28 was ...Read full memory
My memories of the Coronation-2nd June 1953 While I was studying at the Bridgend Preparatory and Commercial School two events happened which changed the course of history for Great Britain. In February 1952 King George 6th died suddenly in his sleep. He had been ill for some time but when the ...Read full memory
Growing up and the family - Part 1 My grandfather William Morgan Cockram (son of Lewis Cockram) and grandmother (Mary Cockram) (granny and grandpa Cockram) took over the ironmongers after the death of John Richards. They were living behind the shop when I was growing up. I remember the shop very well. It was ...Read full memory
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