3 Generations Unchanged1930s 1980s - a Memory of Caerau.

My nan - Francis Bowen moved to Blaencaerau from the Rhondda at the age of 7. Married Idris Bowen (my grandad) who worked in Caerau Colliery and then Midcast. Living in Blaencaerau didn't change in many years as I shared a lot of the same outdoor activities as my nan, and my mother after her. Slidding down Billy's tip on pieces of cardboard, playing in the river where the water came from underground and rushed out of a huge concrete pipe, rope swing on the lamppost behind Blaencaerau Road by the park. Very good memories!


A memory shared by Sam John on Mar 31st, 2013. Send Sam John a message

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Wed Jun 7th 2017, at 9:27 pm
Sam John commented:
If the Margaret you mention has the surname Bowen, I believe it is my mother to whom you are referring. Born in 1951 and attended Blaenllynfi Infant School, Blaencaerau Junior School and then the grammar school in Llangynwyd. May I ask where you lived so that I can ask her if she remembers you?
Wed Jun 7th 2017, at 7:59 pm
Arthur Cole commented:
I grew up in Caerau and was in school with a girl Margaret from Blaencaerau Road, in the 50's is she a relative.

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