Nostalgic memories of Caerau's local history

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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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Caerau...Nantyfyllon My Grandmother Annie Amos/ Townley married William Winn Bateson and we are trying to trace his family for the family you have any knowledge of him? When they married he was living in Station Road, Nantyfyllon and moved to Caerau. My Grandmother eventually married Will Evans and they are buried in Maesteg.

Anyone recall a family called the pyes? My dad Terry SHEARAN who sadly passed away 4 years from alzheimers. Often spoke of them.. With their really short hair but with tufts at the front.. My grandad wa s willy.. My dad had 5 brothers and lived caerau Rd..y other grandad was Tommy mac.. Hope some one remembers.. I think my grandad Tommy lived with Annie halfyard..

Does anyone know of the family of Mary Walters, died late 1930s. Her children were: John Walters, Christmas Walters, Gwenllian (Gwendoline) Walters and Charlie Walters. Gwenllian was my grand-mother and she lived with my mother, Ivy in Dunraven Place (The Monkey), Mary also had 2 children from her second marriage to Francis Augustus; these were Augustus and Elwa.

My Grandad Jones purchased 141 Caerau Rd from 2 ladies following WWII - it cost him a grand total of 450pounds. The ladies stayed on and rented a back room for a while before Grandad had his father Oliver, his father's mistress Martha and his brother Glyndwr move in. It was a reasonably large house compared to that which (...Read full memory)

My grandma, grandpa lived in Caerau, I'm looking for information, memories of them. Trevor Lavercombe was my grandpa, I don't know my grandma's . I'm not too sure on my grandpa's first name. The Lavercombe family lived in John Street, Nanty, Can anyone help me please, I'm trying to find information, They then moved (...Read full memory)

Does anyone remember the Jones family in Caerau Road. John and Alice?

I knew Iris and her sister, Kathleen...I am not sure if their surname was Philips. Iris would have been about 10 years old in 1950's, Kathleen was older, they had brothers who were working. I lived with my gran in Bryn Terrace and I would walk down the steps and they lived on a terrace off to the right. I lost touch when I returned to London.

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 (...Read full memory)

Hi, just wondering if anyone remembers my dad Freddy Pye? he was born in Albert Street in 1946. my grandparents John and Doreen and my great grandparents Laura and Syl Pye also lived in Albert St. Dad has great memories of his childhood in Caerau. It would be great to be able to tell him that someone on here remembers him. We moved to Northamptonshire in 1972 but Wales will always be home.

I believe Annie Evans was my grandmother's sister. I also have fond memories visiting Caerau and my cousins in Surrey at Gwyneth's house, we lived in Slough until 1954. Last family visit was 1950 when they all went to the pub while I babysat, who I believe were Gwyneth's children. Would like to (...Read full memory)