Nostalgic memories of Neath's local history

Share your own memories of Neath 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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Though I was born in London in 1938 I spent a lot of my childhood at my grandfather's home, then when he died in 1946 it became my Uncle's home in Bryncoch. The address was Glasfryn 132 Main Road Bryncoch, the house was nearly opposite the Lamb and Flag Pup. My Mother was born in this house in 1904, she had a older sister and (...Read full memory)

I remember this clock in the gardens, what I can remember is that it had a Toucan on it and I used to be amazed with it.

I was born and brought up in Bryncoch, a little village on the way to Pontardawe, it was the most lovely childhood. Bryncoch was in the middle of fields and a river and plenty of space to run about, lots of friends and then Neath Grammar School, which was on the whole enjoyable. I had (...Read full memory)

I am trying to contact former residents of Briton Ferry, the Whiffen family. They lived on the now demolished street 'Lys yr Ynys' in the early 1970s. I am not sure if anyone will know of this family or where they moved to. I am particularly keen to get in touch with Margaret May Whiffen. Any help with these matters would be very much appreciated. Regards Stephen.

Hi, to everyone who reads this and I hope some of you can help. My Mum, met my Dad, in the Empire Cinema Neath, 60 years ago this year. She used to work there with her father (my Grandfather). Over the years she has so many stories to tell, and as I was growing up I heard the stories over and over. For example, the (...Read full memory)

I am looking for my paternal grandmother or her relatives. Her name is Lilla Allan (nee Bryant). She was married to my grandad Haydon Fraser Allan who owned Allans Bakery at 147 Windsor Road in Neath. They married in 1928, had my dad Peter Allan, but divorced in 1938. She had 2 brothers who worked at Coney (...Read full memory)

I'm looking for Margaret d.o.b Nov 1949 [could be known as Gaynor] Jones and Patricia L Davies d.o.b Nov 1949, both born in Neath and lived in God rer Graig. Patricia's married name could either be Jones or Thomas and she married in 1967 in Neath. My name is Carol Angus [nee Swales] and I have traced a very (...Read full memory)

I live in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. My relative, William Phillips was born in Neath and lived at 14 Company Street, Llantwit Fardre when married. He was a collier. He married 6/1875 Rachel Thomas (b.18/7/1852 Pontypridd Llaneth Verdre).In 1886 he and his family emigrated to Australia and settled in Stockton, (...Read full memory)

A friend from work, and I took courses at the Neath Technical Institute. I left Swansea about 7:30am, and had to run down Mount Pleasant to the bus station in order to get to the Institute. For lunch we walked up town to a little Italian cafe and had  a doughnut and coffee for lunch. After afternoon classes we went (...Read full memory)