Nostalgic memories of Tonypandy's local history

Share your own memories of Tonypandy 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 an important place in your life and ask yourself:

  • How does it feature in your personal history?
  • What are your best memories of this place?
  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again?
  • Do you remember stories about the community, its history and people?

This week's Places

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My mother, Helen Wilson was born in Tonypandy in 1924. Her father was Charles Stuart Parnel Wilson. He went to Tonypandy to teach in a school there. Helens mother was Briget O'Sullivan Wilson. I am wanting to learn anything of their time there or hear even the slightest memory of what school this may have been, during that time. Thank you KH

Hi, I am searching for any information on a Tom Morse who moved to Tonypandy, I think between 1901 -1910, from Pembrokeshire, to become a coal miner. The information I have is that he married a local girl who ran a local newsagents and had 4 children.

I was born in Glyncornel Hospitla in 1948. I lived in Tonypandy till I was 14. I remember a faggot and peas shop next to Hathaways chip shop, it was called Maceys. It sold freshly cooked meats too. The lovely St George's Park. The mid where schools had their sports day, where we used to play after school (climbing over gate to get in). Tonypandy has changed for the worst.

My great-grandparents and great-great grandparents owned and ran the Faggot & Peas Shop in Tonypandy, Dunraven Street. Does anyone remember the shop? It was owned by Reuben Smith and his wife, and was passed onto their daughter. Can anyone remember who owned it? I would love to hear your memories!

Sometime between 1900 and 1940 Thomas Arthur Livingston taught in Tonypandy.  He had children, is there anyone out there who can provide a clue as to what happened to him, or a photo of the school with or without him.

Does anyone remember my great grandfather, Edward Stanley Carpenter? Does anyone know someone who remembers him as a lay preacher there towards the beginning of the twentieth century? I would love to hear the recollections. Caroline Scot.