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Good Morning Porth.

Can anyone help me. I am tracing my family tree and my grandfathers family are all from the Porth, Ferndale, Dowlais Area. My great grandfathers name Was William James, his wifes name was Sarah. The 1891 and 1901 census show William and Sarah living at Lake Street in Ferndale. Wiliam and Sarah had the following children: Ann, David (my great grandfather), Thomas and Gwilym. My grandfather David married Ruth Naomi Griffiths and they lived in Porth. I know that Ruth Naomi died in 1904. I believe that David remarried later, he was a coal miner and also ministered at one of the chapels in Proth (I believe). They had the follwoing children: Thomas John who married Annie Blodwyn Higgins of Porth, William (my grandfather) he married twice, the second time to Susannah Thomas of Llangynwyd and they moved to Pontycymmer. I do not know the name of his first wife, but... Read more

Searching For Old Classmates

searching for old classmates

Llwyncelyn Hall

Hi there, I have been told my grandfather Joseph Norman Hutchinson went to live with his uncle John Hutchinson in 1911 in Llwyncelyn Hall, all I know is he was a colliery manager, I cannot find this hall, I would love to find some more info about it or any photos of it, is it still there?Thankyou, Shirley.


My grandparents, Henry and Ida Gladys Ward, came to Trebanog with their two daughters during the recession in the late 1920s to work in the mines.

He had a brother, William, who worked as a butcher in Porth.

I was hoping if someone remembers the time they spent there.


M Denney

Trehafod - 1931 to 1955 And Beyond

I was born in 1930 at Rhydyfelin but moved to 37/38 Trehafod Road during 1931 and 1932 via Llwyncelyn. Both my father and grandfather worked at the colliery for a number of years. My grandfather, George Richards, worked there for some time before 1930 and I have an original letter dated 1910 from Captain Seaton in connection with his application for employment. My father worked for a time at the 5ft Hafod pit but he was well known as a dance band drummer and played with the Frank Wride band at the Coronation Hall, including the time when an unknown Tom Jones was starting out. The Lewis Merthyr Colliery figures often in family discussion and I remember going to the colliery with sandwiches for my father when he used to operate a small Telpher crane at the boiler house. Most things revolved around the river which was often in flood, covering parts of Lewis St, Wayne St, Fountain Terrace, River St, and most of the houses... Read more


I was evacuated to Ynyshir during the last war. My two sisters and I were looked after by the wonderful Gladys ,William and son Royston Rowley family at 11 Wind Street.

Could not have wished for a lovelier family.

I went to the local school and attended the Methodist Church regularly.

Remember sheep waking down the mountain, crossing railway at bottom of Wind Street and walking freely along the roads.

Used to walk up mountain with my friend Peggy eating winberries and drinking water from stream.

How lucky I was to escape the bombings in London for such a peaceful life in Ynyshir.
Would be great if someone somewhere could remember me or my sister Doreen.

My thanks to all

Joan (nee Herbert)


Brithweunydd Road c1965, Trealaw
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The two shops on the left of the photograph are "James the Bakers" and "Shureys Footwear". The garage also on the left was called "Sully's Garage" after the owner Cyril Sully. I used to walk along this road everyday when going to Porth Grammar School in the 1960's. The photograph brings back fond memories of my childhood in Trealaw.
Robert O'Flaherty

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