A Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis FrithA Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis Frith

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Nostalgic memories of Abercanaid's local history

Share your own memories of Abercanaid and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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Tips & Ideas

Not sure what to write? It's easy - just think of a place that brings back a memory for you and write about:

  • How the location features in your personal history?
  • The memories this place inspires for you?
  • Stories about the community, its history and people?
  • People who were particularly kind or influenced your time in the community.
  • Has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again, as they used to look?

This week's Places

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I cannot remember the exact year or town in the Rhondda Valley, Wales that my brother Nick Richardson and I lived. I was only 3 or 4 years old. I have slight memories... of a couple that we lived with..they were fantastic! My father Bill [Taffy] Richardson [Deal Bus Driver] was from Pontygwiath. I had numerous relatives there. Can remember a day Nick and I sat on a hill[?] sensed someone walking towards us, looked over and it was our Mum coming from Deal to see us!!

My  pal Stanley Ponting lived in Newton Street, Abercanaid. I visited there in 1960 and 1980, and more recently his daughter, after conferring with me, has fulfiulled her long held desire to see where her dad lived during his evacuation in WW2. Other boys including Roy Caterick, Norman Smissen, Ray Kennedy, Roy Partington, Ernest Cakebread and his brother all spent time in the Merthyr Valley. Memories both good and bad flood back to mind.

My brother, Peter, and I were uprooted in 1939 from our home town of Deal in Kent, to live firstly in Troedyrhiw, then Pentrbach, and I had a short stay with Asaph Jenkins and his wife in Abercanaid. We sucessively attended schools in all those villages and Merthyr Vale. I left Troedyrhiw school [not the splendid place Afan Taf] the day before my 14th birthday to  go to St Albans, Herts, to  work for a small ...see more