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Memories of Rhosymedre

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Rock Road Memories 1950s

Rock Road c1955, Rhosymedre
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Anybody out there remember my uncle, Ernie Watkin, who lived in Rock Cottage at the head of Rock Road for many years. He had a butchers shop in Rock Road also, which he ran up until the 1960s. He also had a brother living in Cefn Mawr, by the name of Ted Watkin. A real character and a gentleman, being very well known in the area, having worked all his life at Monsanto's in the Cefn. Also a sister, Annie (Arthur) who was the mother of Raymond Arthur, who taught Music at Ruabon Grammer School for many years.

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Sunday School

St Paul's Church Interior c1955, Acrefair
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I remember going to Sunday school here from aged 9 till aged 12 when I started at St John's in Rhosymedre. It seemed a long & lonely walk from Cefn along the corrugated fencing road - inhaling the Monsanto fumes - and back again for a 9 year old. Very sad to think it's just not there any more though!

Fredie Butts

Wow - what a shock! I don't know how that message came to be in this site. The only thing I can think of is that I wrote a note on the `Cefn Mawr` site and it said it was full up....shame! I saw the name Keith Butt and couldn't believe what I was reading...but how wonderful to know that you remember me. I was a big fan of your Dad, such a fantastic character and good fun too. I worked in the Bookies next door to your shop and he would tell me to knock on the wall if he had had a winner, one knock for a loser and two for a winner... If he won he would bring me a peach in the summer or an apple in the winter. He was a big friend of my dad and would give me eggs or a piece of salmon to take home for him when he took ill, sadly my dad died in 1972. Do I remember you... Read more

Birth of Mother

Well Street c1955, Cefn Mawr
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My mother, Phyllis Hughes, was born at 10 Well Street in September 1906.
I wonder what is there now? She was brought to Ontario, Canada as an infant by her parents, Charlotte (Jones) and Edward William Hughes. They were hired as farmers and remained in Canada for the remainder of their lives.

Roman Bridge And Aqueduct, Cefn Mawr

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct c1955, Cefn Mawr
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I have an old, undated photograph labeled "Roman Bridge and Aqueduct, Cefn Mawr WH316". In the background the bridge looks like the one in the Francis Frith picture. In the forefront is a lower stone bridge with water flowing under it. Are both structures standing to-day?

Lois Wilson
Ontario, Canada

Ministry of Pensions

Post Office c1955, Cefn Mawr
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My father, Eric Bowen of Ruabon, worked at the Ministry of Pensions office, shown on the left of the postcard, for many years. I used to visit him occasionally.

Cefn Mawr

Post Office c1955, Cefn Mawr
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I spent most of my summer holidays in Cefn Mawr at my Nain's. Most of my late mother's family came from Cefn and a lot still reside there. I have such happy memories of Sunday morning walks on the river bank with my uncle and his dog. Millions of memories of playing in the river at Newbridge where my late uncle was the river bailiff. When older calling for a cocoa in Louise's cafe on the main street. Gone now is the cinema where we used to go on a Saturday night. Trips to Llangollen with my cousin were fun. Such happy uncomplicated days. Unfortunately when I go now it's just to visit graves. Sad, very sad. But my heart will always been in Cefn.

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