Wigan Terrace

A Memory of Bryncethin

I lived in Bryncethin for a time as a child in the 1960s. 20 Wigan Terrace, it was a shop run by my mother; my father was in the RAF. I remember the shop front was pink and white and the shop sold sweets, toys and general groceries. There was an alley way to the side which is where the 'pop' was stored. I see from google maps that it is quite different now.
Me and my brothers had an amazing time living in Bryncethin; playing on the moors, building dens in the old brickworks. Climbing the 'mountain', which was actually a slag heap, and tadpoling in the dogs' pond. Other things I remember are weddings at the baptist chapel, the brides father would always throw a handful of change for the kids waiting eagerly outside the chapel. I had a friend who lived in the Manse behind the chapel and the little grassy area in front of her house was called 'The Tump'; is it still? Also the church at the bottom of the hill opposite the post office, where two of my brothers were choir boys; where is it? The stone bridge over the steam with the great concrete blocks either side (I believe they were tank traps) also gone. I have many vivid memories of my time there most of them are very happy ones.

A memory shared by Julie Gordon , on Aug 31st, 2011.

Comments & feedback

Fri Oct 3rd 2014, at 2:06 pm

Gareth Davis commented:

Hi Julie, my name is Gareth Davis, I lived at No.14 Wigan Terrace from 1955, right up to 1964 when I joined the army as an apprentice technician at 15yrs old. My father Harry Davis continued to live there up to about 1965/66, I think he sold it to one of the Harris girls who lived next door at No. 13. I remember all the things you mentioned and it really brought back some very fond memories, also playing up the mountain and in the old brickworks. I also remember "The Tump". When I was younger I was a choirboy in St Theodore church down the bottom of the playing fields, it used to be run by Mr Harris, who was the lay preacher and lived at number 12 Wigan Terrace, he was also the manager of the refuse yard next to the old Coop. I came back on holiday in 2009 and there are houses where the church was, and the old bridge is gone along with the old railway. The football pavilion looked derelict, and the "mountain" is also gone. Reading your memory really triggered mine so vividly. I remember lots of the people who lived in the street, although lots of them will be long gone by now. I am 66yrs old now, retired and have travelled the world, and finally settled on a small farm in Victoria Australia. I have been back to UK twice in the last 10 years and stayed with my sister Yvonne in Bridgend both times, and visited Bryncethin, but as you have said, so much has changed. I remember your shop very well, and I am pretty sure that I remember you also. Was your maiden name Valentine ?
Anyway Julie where are you living now ? My email is tgvdavis@gmail.com, get in touch it will be great hearing more about the old place, and the people we knew.

Tue Sep 29th 2015, at 10:15 am

anitabaptist commented:

Julie, I cannot believe this. I was browsing the Internet for pictures of Bryncethin reminiscing about the past and I started reading your memories. As I read I thought to myself that's my old friend Julie. It's me Anita Smith that was, I lived in the Manse behind the chapel. Memories of the weddings and the pennies, dog pond and temp all came flooding back. Can you remember sitting on the pillars of the rugby pavilion pretending that we were riding horses. I remember watching the magic boomerang in your sitting room with you. We also used to cut through from the main road to the back lane through the side alley way past all the pop and everything. I am now living in Cumbria. I am have been windowed for 6 years. I would love to hear from you I am living in Cumbria now. My email address is anitbaptist@ btinternet.com. Please get in touch.

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