Displaying the first of 9 old photos of Bryncrug. View all Bryncrug photos
Historic maps of Bryncrug and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Bryncrug maps
Bryncrug area books
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Memories of Bryncrug
I first arrived in Llanegryn at the latter end of 1939 along with my younger sister and a lot of other kids from my school (St Johns)in Birkenhead. I was eight years old at the time and my sister was six. We were all put into the village hall where people of the neighbourhood came and took us to different addresses. A lady from the next street to me in my home town was with us as she had two girls about 5 and 6 and a little boy under 2 years old. They were chosen along with my sister by Mrs Evans of Gessail Farm, but I wasn`t included. My father told me before I left home "don't let them split you up from your sister (Linda). I stood in the centre of the hall and wouldn`t allow my sister to go without me. Mrs Evans said 'ok, you can come too' and away we went to the farm by Bird Rock. I had a wonderful time there... Read more
Mum came from Llanegryn- Eileen Jones from Bodegryn. Each summer we used to visit her village and stay in the guest house in the village (it was actually Mum's old house!) I remember they had a fabulous parrot in one of the rooms- I must admit though I was always a bit nervous of it! They had Bri nylon sheets on the bed- wow were they slippy! One of my favourite places to visit was Dolgoch falls- we went on the little train from Tywyn- what a thrill- the steam billowing out and the sound of the wheels on the lines- I can picture it now. Dad always let me sit by the window. Grandad and Mama came too (Mum's parents Thomas and Mabel Jones) After a long walk to the top of the falls we always called into the house near the bottom for a cream tea- yum, lashings of cream on the beautiful scones and a huge pot of tea. I would dearly like to return soon, such... Read more
Rain or Shine Tywyn is Fine
I was born in Brynhielog TYWYN, in January 1944. My Mother had taken my brother to her sisters house as it was war time. My dad was a a London Bobby based in Commercial Street Spitlefields.
After the war we made the trip back to Tywyn Christmas,Easter and for two weeks in the Summer.We used to catch the Cambrian Coast Express from Paddington, a through train (not like today) The only one who ever had a seat was my Mum it was so packed with service men, we sat on our cases all the way.
All my mums family would be at the station to greet us.
How I loved the open fields, the walks to the beach and into Bryncrug where my cousin lived. As I got older I was allowed to borrow my cousin Beths bike the freedom I felt after the roads of Londons Hackney.
Easter was a great time as the fair would arrive and then a Market on Bank holiday Monday. We would go... Read more
Memories of The Village
Having moved back to Shrewsbury, my family and I spent many holidays in the village in the 1950's and we spent many day trips on Sundays in the village, parking by the Friends burial ground and having a picnic lunch and enjoying the sea air and the lovely beach. I would have my Ian Allan railway spotters book and would write down all the locomotive numbers. This exercise gave me a lifelong love of the Cambrian railways system. More recently I have collected postcards of the village and have a total of 110 out of 159 I have traced. Of course Francis Frith were the most prolific of publishers and I am trying to catologue them but have several gaps. I do hope Friths have their own list of Llwyngwril postcards as they were all individually numbered.
Postcards of Llwyngwril
I have now discovered the existence of 229 separate postcards for this delightful village and of these I have collected 171. They range in date from 1890 to 2008 and Friths were the most prolific of publishers, issuing approximately 110. I reckon there are another 50 out there to be discovered.
The rarest cards I have are of an Edwardian funeral at Llangelynin church with the ancient 2-horse funeral bier in use.
Happy Childhood Holidays
I say 1950 for the year my memory relates to but in fact my memories cover from around 1946 to 196 I've only just found this web site for "Memories" although have looked at the site before and what nostalgia it has evoked in me. My memories are all childhood ones; it's been too long since I visited this dearest of villages, although from what people who have visited since I was there say the place has changed but little which is heartwarming. One day I hope to see it again. When I was a child my cousin and I spent almost every school Easter, Whitsun (as it was known then) and Summer holidays there. We were fortunate that one of our aunties married a Welshman and lived there all her married life. She began her married in the cottage known as "Troed-y-Rhiw" at the bottom of the road I always knew as "The College"; I've seen a photograph of it as it now is (the only thing externally... Read more
My parents were married in Llwyngwryl church shortly after the First World War. Is the church still there and can anyone tell me where I can find the Parish Records which would have contained details of their marriage?