Nostalgic memories of Ferndale's local history

Share your own memories of Ferndale 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 maiden name was Bertorelli , my parents were John and Lena and had the fish shop at 39 Duffryn Street. Lots may remember my older brothers . Frank , Lewi, John, Ronnie Mario-my elder sister is Julia and our youngest sister is Tania. The family moved to Bridgend in 1957 . Sadly the boys have since passed away but we (...Read full memory)

My name is Dennis Lewis; I am the boy sitting on the horse. I was six or seven years old. My brother, Jeff, is the boy playing in the background. We played in the park almost every day during the summer. I remember the photographer asking me to sit on the horse and make it swing so that he could take the photograph. How wonderful to it see it for the first time almost sixty years later!

I lived in the High Street in Ferndale from 1948 to 1961, my parents had a grocery/cafe next door to Margaratelli's fish shop. They were good years and I have lots of great memories. Ann Rasmussen, Marilyn Coopey and myself went to the Lower School and were fortunate to pass to Porth County School in 1953. If anyone knows (...Read full memory)

I'm uploading my video archive of Treherbert, just search my Archive folder at:

My forebears lived in the Bedwas area and I saw Gellideg Isaf Farm on a memory posted by Roy Williams who was born at Gellideg Isaf Farm, Maes-y-cwmmer. My 3xgreat grandfather Moses Jenkins owned/rented Gellideg Isaf Farm in the 1800s. On the 1861 Census there is an Anne Williams aged 30 and unmarried shown as a visitor when (...Read full memory)

I went to Ferndale nearly every Saturday with my Mum and brother to visit my grandparents and my Great Aunt and Uncle. My grandparents, the Gambles, lived in Brynhyfryd and we would get off the bus at the bottom of the hill on the Strand and walk up the steep steps to the house. We would spend lunchtime and early afternoon (...Read full memory)

I loved to visit my Aunty May’s house in Rhonnda Terrace, Ferndale. She was my grandfather’s sister, a lovely jolly person always happy, and she loved us kids coming to visit. We had to do a good bit of traveling to get there, but it was worth it. I remember Ferndale was really hilly, really steep, you would be out (...Read full memory)