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Memories of Nelson


Yvonne Colwell's notes brought back memories of a few families, but I can't place St John's Lane, even though I lived in Pantycelyn until I moved in the late sixties after the prefabs were demolished. Both my parents are now buried in Llanfabon Cemetery, and I live in sunny Folkestone, Kent. I plan to have a few days ...Read full memory

A memory of Nelson by Ray Davies

Nelson, The Gwr When Coal Was King.

My name is Brian Beck, I was born on Shingrig Road in January 1938 and continued to live there untill 1952 when the family moved to Caerphilly. I attended Llanfabon school on High St until I passed for Caerphilly Tech in 1950 travelling too and from daily by steam train. As a school boy in Nelson I ...Read full memory

A memory of Nelson by taffbeck

Haelfryn Thomas Lewis, 1901 1979

Haelfryn Thomas Lewis, 1901-1979 Some of Nelson’s ‘older’ residents will remember Haelfryn Thomas Lewis, the highly-respected teacher and then head-teacher of Llancaiach Primary School in Nelson between 1917 and 1966, and faithful member and elder of Ebenezer (Heol Fawr) Calvinistic Methodist ...Read full memory

A memory of Nelson by nia.sws

Living With My Grandparents

I too remember Nelson very well. I was sent to live with my grandparents in Nelson when I was 3 years old. My grandfather owned the garage/cycle shop at 2 Dynevor Terrace. His name was Tom Bowen. I can remember going on the Suday School walks. One year I wore a straw bonnet with a white dress made ...Read full memory

A memory of Nelson by Barbara Barnes

Fond Memories

I was born in Nelson in 1953 and lived in the prefabs at number 7, Heol Harry Lewis with my mother and father Mary and Doug Gray and my brother Neil who is 5 years older than me. Our next door neighbours were Peggy and Gordon Lewis with children Vivienne (Viveen), Nicky and Peter. I spent a lot of my time in 76 ...Read full memory

Old Times

I was born at Gwaenfarren House in Merthyr Tydfil and lived at 70 Bryncelyn Ave with my father, step-mother and brother Barrie until I left to join the RAF in 1970. I can remember the old prefabs being knocked down and the new housing estate being built to accomodate those people who used to live in the prefabs. I can ...Read full memory

A memory of Nelson by Kevin Cale

Happy Days

I was born in 1953 and lived in Nelson until 1978 when I moved to Scotland with my husband. I've lived in Hampshire for 26 years now. I used to live in High St and from the early 60s in Ashgrove Tce, by the bus station. The centre of Nelson has changed completely and looks better than it has done for a good few years. ...Read full memory

A memory of Nelson by Denise Blakemore

Happy Days

I lived in Nelson from the age of 3. I was born in 1954 so I arrived there 1957. I lived in the prefabs at 9 St Johns Lane, until I moved to 27 Brycelyn Ave when they decided they wanted to pull the prefabs down. I went to both schools in Nelson and went on to Lewis Girls' Grammer until I was 16yrs old. I have fond ...Read full memory

A memory of Nelson by Yvonne Colwell

Down Memory Lane

Although I was actually born in Italy in 1953, where my father was stationed at the time, my parents moved back to Wales in 1955. Our first home was in Bargoed and then my mother Lina bought the Café in Nelson (opposite the Dynevor Arms pub  - hereinafter to be referred to as Ricci's Café), where I lived ...Read full memory

Moving To Nelson

I moved to Nelson in 1962 aged 3 with my mother, father and brother from Rhydfelin, near Pontypridd. We lived in Tawelfan until 1970 when we moved to the dreaded England because my dad got a job in London. I remember nostalgically what the earlier contibutor Denise wrote about, including her mention of the ...Read full memory

A memory of Nelson by James Nicholas

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