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Mid Glamorgan memories

Phillips Family

I am attempting to discover my family history prior to 1887. My relative, William Phillips, lived in 14 Council Street, Llantwit Fardre. He was born in Neath on 14 Sept 1852, I don't know when he moved to Llantwit Fardre. He married Rachel Thomas (b.18/7/1852 in Llaneth Verdre) in 1875/6 in Glamorganshire and they emigrated to Australia in 1886 with 5 children. Does this house still exist? Are there relatives of this family living in any of these areas, as well as Resolven where they lived for a number of years (5 of their children where born in Resolven, the eldest died there aged 2 in 1878), or Ferndale which is where the youngest child was born in 1886. They left for Australia from Ferndale when she was 3 months old. I would be grateful for any information.

The Flower of Wales

This is the Llantrisant of my memory. The Llantrisant I first saw in January 1966. I married Gaynor Beatrice Jenkins, daughter of Winifred and Gordon Jenkins. We were married on September 23rd. 1966. She passed away to cancer on September 6, 2004. I always called her, with deep affection , my Flower of Wales. She was the very beat of my heart and I love and miss her so.............................

The Flower of Wales

In 1965 I met Gaynor Beatrice Jenkins in Ettlingen, Germany. She worked for the Sewing Factory in Llantrisant and was on a work assignment in Ettlingen , Germany. She was one of twin daughters to Gordon Llewelyn Jenkins and Winfred Birch Jenkins. Her twin sister is Gillian Jenkins. We were married on September 23rd. 1966. She died from cancer on September 6, 2004. She was affectionately called The Flower of Wales by my family in the U.S. She was and always will be, the beat of my heart , and I love her so.

Memories From an Evacuee

I was a World War II evacuee, and after a short "phony war" trip to Northampton, when the Blitz began I was sent to Llantrisant. I have nothing but warm memories of the town. I was thee years old and billeted with an appropriately named "Mrs Rock". After a short stay in Cross inn Road, I was billeted with a Mrs Adams. She lived on what was called Melbourne Lane, but is now called Tir Meibion Lane, off the Talbor Road. The Adams' son had just been killed in the Battle Of Britain as a Spitfire pilot and I think this small boy from London was a replacement for her affection and love she felt for her departed son. Mr Adams was blind from birth, but would "watch" the bowling on the town green in Southgate, down from the old Wesleyan Chapel.. He could hear the balls on the grass and hear the click of the heavy balls against each other as they were bowled to the other... Read more

Pontyclun Memories

I was born at 81 Cowbridge Rd, Pontyclun. Parents, George and Gwen Edwards were in rooms with Tom and Bertha Anstey. In 1936 went to Pontyclun School, lots of friends there, Ray Wigley ,Don Summers, Norman Ellis and Percy Edwards. Was in Air Cadets, also played rugby for Pontyclun with my cousin Brandon Edwards and the likes of Brian Evans, Mog Watkins and Noel Alleyn. Only one season, think it was 1958/9 and Bryn Rees was captain. I worked at Iron Ore, left area in 1964 while working at Coedely Colliery. Lived in South Africa for 35 years, lost touch with a lot of friends. Brought up in Lewis Street, anyone remember me? Best wishes, fond memories. We had great time during my upbringing there, Magic Lantern at the Baptist Chapel, Community singing at the Welsh Tabernacle. Pc Hendicote was the Bobby during the war . Jack Doyle came from Irish Guards after the war. Remember asking Yanks for sweets when they had dances at the Instuite? That's all for... Read more

Vaughan Family 1920's Minnie And Rees

Looking for information on great grandparents/grandparents.  Pryce Vaughan and Bessie (nee Flowers).   Children born in Church Village, Minnie (my grandmother), Graham and Irene, Annie May, Emlyn and Stanley.

Minnie married Rees Jones and moved to Yeovil in the 1930's.  Graham and Irene also came to Yeovil.  Irene only one left now unfortunately - she is living in Yeovil and is well.  Any information please contact

Church Village

What a name! Anyway I grew up here from the age of 5 till 13, what a dump... yet, somehow it certainly has its charm. I will 'always walk in the same old recondite corner of my flowery garden', Dylan Thomas.

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