Historic maps of Saron and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Saron maps
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Memories of Saron
Growing up in Caerbryn
I was born in Caerbryn in 1949 and I lived at 4 Caerbryn Terrace along at that time with my granny and grandad, mum and dad and my sister Gill who is thirteen months older than me. The terrace was then just the twenty houses and we knew all of our neighbours. In 1951 the twins Malcom and Judith were born, 1957 Caroline was born and in 1958 Ricahrd was born. I have happy memories of growing up there as we were free to play outside as we grew up. We used to climb up the Old Colliery tip, go down the Felin in the summer time and run about in the fields. But today all those features are gone as when the Open Cast Miming company came to caerbryn in the 1970s ormaybe later the Tip disappeared, the felin disappeared and the field became a football pitch. Happy memories though
Going to Ammanford Park was a rare treat even though we only lived 3 miles away in Capel Hendre. It was a beautifully manicured park with a great bandstand which was used more for children to play in, than the Ammanford Silver Band! It had a good tennis court and I remember the summer of 1969 when we played tennis in the hot summer sun - or is that just a rose-tinted memory? The park was covered over by the Eisteddfod in 1970, the summer my mother - Nurse Gwenda Edwards - and I, acted in a play called Glò mân.
Llandybie Before And After The Bypass
This photo shows the by-pass (Heol Gwilym) after its construction around 1962. Prior to by-pass construction, the A483 went through the village. The by-pass effectively neutered the village and thereafter its character deteriorated as a result. Coming before the demolition of the Plas, Llandybie's oldest building, The Corner House, Old Red Cow Waunllan, Cawdor Stores, the village lost much of its character. The closure of Pencae colliery in 1958 ushered in an era of opencast mining which decimated the surrounding fields and farms particularly Piode Fawr, Caergroes along with the hamlets of Blaenau, Saron, Caerbryn.
Llandybie as A Child
I was born in Llandybie in 1945 at number 9 Woodfield Road. My mother and father were Bronwen and Harold Owen and I have two sisters and one brother. The only neighbours names I can recall are Mr and Mrs Tudge(?) although I don't remember them.
My father was a miner in the Pencae pit as was my grandfather Tom Owen of Pentregwenlais.
Across the road from the house was the playing fields and the river where apparently I spent quite a lot of time trying to catch tiddlers. The Miner's Hall is where we would go to watch films on Saturday mornings and beyond that the bowling green where my Uncle Eirwin would play. The rugby pitch was also located close to the Hall and that was my favourite place, watching the games. At the corner of the main road and Woodfield road was a farm which I think was owned by the Lloyd family whose daughter I used to play with.
My other grandparents lived in Blaenau, Tim... Read more
My G G grandfather David Griffiths was one of the blacksmiths in Llandybie. he lived at Henbont and had many children all who stayed and married in the area. I would love to be able to find out who and where the relations of said family members are today. David was the son of William Griffiths blacksmith of Talley, David's brother William was Blacksmith of Llansawel and who's younger brother was Morgan Griffiths who when his grandfather William passed away took over Talley forge.
If anyone knows of this family please contact me as i would love to hear from you.
Trying to trace Gelli in Llandybie, could be a farm, my ancestors brother, John Alexander, lived there in 1720, he married Mary Lake, my ancestor David Alexander moved to Bettws and married Jenet Rees on the marriage register it states he was 'alias gelly' grateful of any help please. I have a copy of Gomer Roberts' History of Llandybie. Diolch/ Thank you.