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.
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