Historic maps of Cynheidre and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Cynheidre maps
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Memories of Cynheidre
I was born in Gateshead Tyne & Wear. When I was about ten years old my Dad got a job in the pits and we moved to a new housing development in Carway. All of the families came from outside of Wales to work in the pits. I went to the local school which was ill equipped for the huge influx of children. I was in a class with my sister who was two years younger as they couldn't accommodate us all. When I was eleven I went to the Lower Gwendraeth High school where we were made to learn Welsh. I remember knocking about with Derek Wiseman, Derek Goode, and Dorothy Hall among others. I had a friend called Rosemary who was Welsh and lived in the old part of the village and often played with the Davis/Davies children who lived on the local farm.
As a child I spent all my holidays on a farm owned by my uncle, Reg Wood and his partner, Marion. This was from the year 1964 approx. It was off the main road but then turn off down a track which seemed to go forever. There was no one around for miles. We used to fetch calves from the market in the back of his Landrover. There was a man called Martin Mahr who used to sleep in the barn seasonally and worked there. One of his friend was called Morlis Ward who had a farm some miles away. I know this is a really really long shot but if any one has the faintest idea what this farm is called I would be eternally grateful. I remember we stopped at a small shop or post office and even though it was a distance on the people knew exactly where it was and who lived there! These days were some of the happiest of my life.
My maternal grandmother Catherine Rosser lived in Sardis Cottages, until she died in 1958, her husband William Henry Rosser lived there until his death in 1962. They are both buried in the local church
I lived in Brohawddgar. I can remember the smell of the hops from the Brewery around 1955 and the Chip Shop opposite the Brewery, although can't remember the name.
With my sister, who is 3 years older than me, I was evacuated from London to Kidwelly and we stayed with a Mr & Mrs Charles at 7 Bridge Street. We had many enjoyable, and probably dangerous, hours playing in Kidwelly Castle. Now you have to pay for the privilege! I do remember going down some steps in the dark and, when we couldn't see the next step, we found a stone and threw it. It seemed to take ages before it hit the bottom as the steps just ended in a drop. No health and safety to worry about then, just children doing what children do. Fortunately we survived that and also survived the bombing when we were brought back to London.
A View From The Band Stand
I was born in 1965, the year the photo was taken and at the time my dad was a gardener at Parc Howard. I remember going to visit him almost every day, in the summer months, with either my grandmother or mother. This was a very familiar view taken from the band stand.
After what felt like hours of playing I would be taken to the cafe and bought sweets from a large select behind a glass cabinet.
Often we would go up the hill (to the left in the photo) to watch the old men play bowls and as I grew older I would play on the putting green.
my mother who is now 76 years of age,was talking with my son who is doing a world war 2 project at school.Only last night she was telling him,that in 1939 october,she aged 8 and a half and her then baby brother aged just 10 months along with their mother were evecuated to stradey castle from vauxhall,sw london.
They stayed for 10 weeks,and my mother said how the statues in the long hall scared the life out of them and also the nearby woods was something she had never seen before.My mothers maiden name was joan trim and her brother roy and late mother florence.The owners were by the name of lewis a laird i believe,by all accounts very nice people.I wondering on behalf of my mother,its the castle still there etc.Thank you Robert Penfold