Coedely Colliery c1955, Tonyrefail
Memories of Coedely Colliery c1955, Tonyrefail
My Visit Down The Mines.
Daddy worked here for many years...also my nephew and uncles. I went underground when I was 14 years old with a group of four youngsters, taken down to view the mines with a gentleman who worked there and was a family friend too, his name was Jackie Belting, from Thomastown. We had an amazing few hours and I never forgot it.
Tonyrefail & local memories
Read and share memories of Tonyrefail and Mid Glamorgan inspired by Frith photos.
Hoping to Find Information
Does anybody remember Hannah Mary, known as "Nana" and Sid Cooke who lived in 5 (?) Heol-y-Park? They fostered a little girl and I would love to know any information regarding this. Thank you. I can be contacted via email: email@example.com or via this site. Thanks.
Dad as A Choir Boy at St Davids
After my dad passed away in January this year (2012), I realised I knew very little about my family history. I started searching the records for dad's family - a difficult task looking for a Davies who was born in Wales! I had a stroke of luck when we came across my grandad's birth certificate. Armed with date and place of birth I found on the 1911 census that Arthur Reginald Davies(grandad aged 4), lived at 67 High Street, Tonyrefail. From there, we started to look at everything else we had more carefully. We found written on back of a picture of dad, dressed as a choir boy (one we had looked at so many times) that he had written 'Me, age 12, St Davids Church, Wales, 1942'. I believe that this was St Davids in Tonyrefail, as I know that my dad was sent to live with either his grandparents or his aunt and uncle in Wales during the 2nd World War. Thank you for these... Read more
In 1966 I was so proud to pass my 11 plus, the first in the family. We respected teachers then and wouldn't dream of answering back. Though I did seem to spend an awful lot of time in detention for talking in class. These were some of the best days of my life such fond memories of friends and teachers from long ago. Lynnette Ganda (nee Winter)
Freedom For Play
Maiden name Winter. I was born and raised in Gelli-gron Terrace, which you can see in this photo was a side street off Waunrhydd Road. The location from which this photo was taken we called 'the tump' where we children of Waunrhydd Toad used cardboard sheets from Mrs Bridge's shop (next door to Carpanini's cafe) to slide down the hill, to end at the high wall above the then Penygraig bus stop.
Marriage''s at This Church
I was married here in 1966, and most of my family. My dearest Mammy and Daddy were married there, and my daughter, two sisters and brother. Wonderful memories .... a lot of Christmas Eve Services with my cousin Pat and Bruce.. and some sad memories too.
Children on Right of Photo
I believe that the children to the right of the photograph are me and my sister - Maureen and Elaine Holman. Maureen would have been 9 years old and Elaine 3 years. The date seems to coincide with our ages and we lived in Mill Street at that time.
I passed for Tonyrefail Grammar school in 1953, what excitement. It was so strange changing rooms for every lesson, hockey, tennis, Urdd, teachers wearing cap and gowns. The headmaster was T.Bowen Jones and was called Boss. The school was so big with pupils from places like Beddau and Ynysmaerdy. Coming from Gilfach Goch I had never heard of these places.
It was a good school and I enjoyed my time there.
Trace Old Inhabitants of Tonyrefail
Please excuse me for contacting you this way. Whilst renovating an old house, we came across an interesting legal document. It is dated 1881. Basically it relates to an agreement between Hopkins Rowlands, John Rowlands, Esther Rowlands and Gwen Rowlands. In it they agree to buy a house for £55!. The house was called Brynteg. It is all hand written and signed on the back across a Queen Victoria penny stamp. They even agreed to install a water closet and and an oven. Is it possible there are still relatives in Tonyrefail? Many thanks G. Bedford