Aberfan, The Recreation Ground c.1965
Photo ref: A193011
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A Selection of Memories from Aberfan

For many years now, we've been inviting visitors to our website to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was, prompted by the photographs in our archive. Here are some from Aberfan

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My nana, Marian Morris (then Thomas), was from Aberfan and was born in 1930. Her father also lived in May Road, Aberfan his name was William T Morris his sister was Hilda, their mum and dad Archer and Mary Jane Morris. If anyone has any info on them, I'd love it. Thank you, Lisa York
I was born in 1937 and with the outbreak of WWII lived with my grandparents, Ollie and Maggi Owen, at 29 Cottrell Street, Aberfan, while my father served in the army. My parents were Roy and Ada Taylor, and after the war my dad was park-keeper at Aberfan Park and later at Treharris Park. I attended Pantglas School and then Quakers Yard Grammar School. We had great teachers at Pantglas, but my favourite was ...see more
My mother Mildred was born in Aberfan in 1910. She had an older brother and sister, Myra (born 1906) and Harry (born 1908), their surname was Watts. Their mother was called Emily Roberts and Emily's mother was the local midwife who lived at 10 Bridge Street. Mildred was born at 6 Barrington Street and Myra and Harry were born in Moy Road, they all attended Pantglas school. Their father was Bill Watts who ...see more
My name was June Carpenter, I used to live at 36 Aberfan Crescent. I had three best friends, Dulsie Berry, Rosina Kinsey and Denver Davies. My memories of Aberfan was great. I used to swim in the river as I lived on the river bank. I was broght up by my grandmother and my two uncles, Billo and Alfie Carpenter, known as Slogger. They were all happy times and good memories I had of Aberfan. I was taken to Penrhiwceiber to ...see more