Childhood In Abercwmboi - a Memory of Abercwmboi.

I was born in Abercwmboi in 1954 but my parents moved south in 1956. We returned there several times every year, staying with my grandparents Eddie and Sue Milton at 39 Bronnallt Terrace every Christmas and again for several weeks during the summer. The last week was always spent in a caravan at Porthcawl and even though I have travelled extensively, America, Channel Islands, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, France etc . the holidays in Porthcawl were the best holidays I have ever had.
I have so many wonderful memories of Abercwmboi - going from house to house on New Year's Eve just after the clock struck midnight, calling "Happy New Year" through all the letterboxes. Everyone would come out and hand us a few pennies for the New Year, it was safe for children to go out in the dark then.
I remember looking across the lake at the lights of the phurnacite plant at night from my grandmother's bedroom window and thinking how cosy it looked. Everything was cosy there, the terraced houses, the open fires and the people, it was a truly close community.
My other grandmother, May Ward, lived at 3 Tanycoed Terrace and when we were walking daily up the hill to visit her and my Uncle David we passed a little shop on the corner, it was like stepping into someone's front room to buy our sweets.
I loved my time there, I wish my mother and step father had never moved us away, I remember crying every time we left to return down south.
I have some relatives there I have never met as my birth father, Harry Lucas, who also lived in Bronnallt Terrace, at number 38, tragically died aged 38 when we were living in Hampshire. I used to see him occasionally when we went to Abercwmboi but when he passed away I was very young and I lost touch with the Lucas side of my family. Sadly my mother and step father never spoke about my real father nor my siblings and as I was only 2 years old when we left Wales in 1956, I never had the pleasure of knowing them.
I know I have a half sister Ceri and a half brother Clive from my father's second marriage as I saw them occasionally when I was very young but I thought they were just neighbours. Only after my real father died my mother told me they were in fact my siblings. It would be lovely to hear from Ceri or Clive now (or any other Lucas relative) just an email to share experiences and hopefully I'll learn a little more about my late father and family.
Another one of my favourite memories of Abercwmboi is going to the Saturday morning matinee at the picture house, my great aunt, Miller Perkins, used to sell the tickets and would let us in for free.
I remember playing ball in the back alleys and climbing the hill (we called it a mountain) opposite my grandmother's house in the summer. There were sheep on that hill and we used to picnic amongst them.
I loved every minute spent in Abercwmboi. I can close my eyes and picture the streets and the people there as if it was yesterday. Sadly most of the wonderful older generation have now passed away.
The memories live on though and even now at 63 years of age, Abercwmboi is and always will be my true home.

A memory shared by Pauline Lucas Milton on Oct 16th, 2009. Send Pauline Lucas Milton a message.

 Comments & Feedback

Wed Sep 10th 2014, at 1:59 pm
John Griffiths commented:
Hi do you remember me my name is john griffiths david was my brother are you pauline gareth is your brother you lived in hythe
Sat Sep 13th 2014, at 1:37 pm
John Griffiths commented:
Hi pauline so nice to hear from you liz bought me a tablet last xmas still lerning I have had four heart attacks in the last eight weeks do you rember me taking you to esso picture house I have 3 children dave shelly and manda they shorted them as kids do not heard much about willy only he passed away they never told me nore martin all about dai s will I had no idier what was in it but they cut me off it dose not stop me thinking of them tell me more about your self and your family wales will always in my blood I know in your s to I would love to hear from you again made my day all the best john liz familym
Fri Sep 26th 2014, at 9:45 pm
John Griffiths commented:
Dear Pauline, It was lovely to hear from you, it made my day. My email address is My son David has his own business. He builds and mends bikes, he travelled the world for a few years, but has now returned home. David doesnt have any children.My daughter Shelly went into law, and works in child protection. Shelly has a daughter called Jade and she is 19 now. My youngest daughter is an office manager and has 3 children. Skye is 17, Ryan is 15 and Kristian is 12. No great grandchildren at the moment, thank goodness. I cant get rid of the grandchildren now!! Ha Ha. We still live in Stratford Upon Avon and I can honestly say we have been very happy here. I would love to here more from you. John 

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