Nostalgic memories of Pencoed'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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Born in lletai avenue, the street our playground, bottle of water and jam sandwiches were our picnic to take up to Penylan mountain in school holidays. No watches but we always seemed to know when to come home, out all day but parents not worried. Because we were safe! Bonfire behind Trinity vestry (no health and (...Read full memory)

I remember the Monument as we used to call this area (not the Square) very well. We used to catch the bus to Ogmore Grammar School as it then was, at the small car parking area to the right of the pub in the picture. The white shop to the left of the pub was Mr Workman the butchers shop and you can see him in his (...Read full memory)

During the early sixties I was friendly with the daughter at the Mardy, which was the big house left of the the picture, now I believe a hotel. She knew the old couple who lived at The Court very well. They were a Mr and Mrs Evans, always known as Evans the Court, and Mrs Evans family had formerly owned the entire old house in (...Read full memory)

The furniture lorry parked in the field, which is where the Co-op is now, was driven by my farther David Thomas (Dai Cowboy). He worked for WM Flay and Sons, they were a transport company based in Whitchurch, Cardiff. They carried mainly for Christy-Tylers, who were based on the Bridgend industrial est.

I left this school to go to Bridgend Grammar in 1967 having attened Pencoed Infants and then the Junior through my childhood. The house I lived in in 1967 was only a few yards to the right of where this picture was taken.

I lived at No 26 Penprysg Rd for a large chunk of my childhood having previously lived in Wimborne Road and before that at Maes y Gwaelod (just off the Heol yCyw road). I have so many memories of this place; the schools, Sunday school, friends and not sometimes, family, delivering milk papers and bread around here; Dai the Chips and many more - anyone else out there that lived locally?

The building on the left is the old Coop, next door was the chemist where I used to get my root sticks, then there was an alleyway right beside the car on the left in the picture. You cannot see it in the picture but there is a church to the left of the first car in the picture. I lived behind the chemist and (...Read full memory)

My Great Grandfather Roger Davies retired from the army in 1916. He ran Brecon Stores in Pencoed with his wife Minnie. Brecon Stores was a general store. If anyone has any further information would love to hear from you.