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Memories of Guilsfield
THE TRAIN THAT CROSSED THE STREET
From my childhood in Welshpool in the 1940s and 50s I have fond memories of the little steam train which crossed over Church Street, originally on a daily basis then later on Mondays only, carrying livestock from farms in the Llanfair Caereinion area to and from the Smithfield Market in Welshpool. My grandfather was one of the engine drivers who drove the train and often when I came out of Berriew Road School at lunchtime I would hear the train whistle and would run as fast as I could so that I would be in time to see it cross the road. The fireman would get down from the footplate and open the gate on the Vicarage side of the street, then he would stand in the road with a red flag while the driver shunted the train into the roadway. The fireman would then open the gate on the other side (next to Barclays Bakery), the train would shunt off the road along the line and the fireman would... Read more
Childhood in Welshpool
I was born & spent my childhood in Welshpool. St Mary's was our Parish Church, it has beautiful stained glass windows which always fascinated me as a child. I was christened and confirmed in this Church and later in May 1965 my husband and I were married there by the Curate, the Reverand Michael Butler. I remember that it was a sunny day but there was a stiff breeze so, instead of having our Wedding photographs taken on the Church steps (which are just out of sight below the entrance porch in the picture) we had to move to the Red Bank entrance steps just outside Grace Evans' Cottage for most of the photographs, because my wedding veil kept blowing up in the air! We walked to our wedding reception which was held in the Church House on Church Bank, just opposite the church. I left Welshpool when I married but have fond childhood memories of a lovely little town. Patricia.
Fishing by The Bridge
This picture brings back fond memories of my childhood, I remember fishing in the pool just under these trees, I caught my first pike and perch there and I was only 11 yrs old. There used to be a beach just next to the pool and I remember other older fishermen, fishing there, casting across the river and landing 6-8lb chub, I never did manage to get one of those. Lucky for me, I have relatives who live in Welshpool, so every summer I would visit for 4-5 weeks. I used to live in Coventry. I now live in Canada but still visit every year. I know the bridge was damaged in a flood and last time I looked the pool and beach were gone, the weir is still there and so are my memories.
The Rope Swing at The Leighton Bridge
I remember spending many a summer swimming at this spot. Then they seemed to be long hot summers but maybe that's the memory loss of an older man. I noticed that the rope was stiil hanging from the tree which was used to swing out into the river. This would have been in the mid 1950s and so much has changed. Still they can't take away the memories of childhood
Ah Well, I S'pose That's Progress!!
Loved your reminiscences Patricia. I came to Welshpool in 1965 or thereabouts after ten years in the Merchant Navy, and have loved the area and the folk since then. I worked in the post office at Welshpool, times were good. Your writing about the railway going through the town, brought to me the following: On occasion, when on leave from the Merchant Navy, I would visit the fields around Belle Vue where so much happiness occurred in my early life. Where us kids could go, without fear, just to spend all day long doing nothing other than enjoying living and swimming in the Reabrook - that was so good. The last time I took a 'memory' trip 'over the fields' as we used to call it, I came away devastated with my heart torn out. The route over the fields began with a large field, after which was a lane to a style. On reaching the style, the next field was covered in houses. It really was an awful... Read more
My Grandad Humphreys (Thomas John)1875-1965
Grandad Humphreys, he was a carpenter making and restoring the Lockgates on the Montgomery Canal. Born in Welshpool 1875-1965. I remember the little trains running across Church Street as a boy of 8 years old and spent many happy hours visiting the Livestock market and as Grandad lived at Rosegarth ,Greenfields it was very easy to visit.
My mother Rosa Selina Humphreys born and bred up in Welshpool 1904-1988 was a twin of sisters. Grandads old premises he used still exist at the side of the canal in Welshpool on the left hand side walking from Mill Road towards Severn Road bridge near where the Old Dairy house is, not dairy any more,just a home.The Humphreys family consisted of four girls and 5 boys. Grandads sister Auntie Louisa to me lived with him when "Rosegarth" was built,circa 1950-52. Previous to this Grandad lived at 9 Greenfields ,opposite Rosegarth as now.I still return to Welshpool at least once a year I have many fond memories. Auntie Louisa was a very able... Read more
MAES-Y-LLAN WHERE I FIRST LIVED
These houses are in Maes-y-llan.My father Den and mother Hilda Wildblood with my sister Anne were the first to live in Number 6 when the houses were built in 1948 I believe.I was born in 1954 and it was my first home and initial imprinting.The houses were built on piece of land between Dyfrynn Hill (a wooded Celtic hill fort) and Church Field.My extended family lived in the village for 110 years and so just qualified as locals when the entire family all decided to leave. I would have stayed but I was only 5.