Nostalgic memories of Pontyclun's local history

Share your own memories of Pontyclun 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

Here are some of the places people are talking about in our Share Your Memories community this week:

...and hundreds more! Enjoy browsing more recent contributions now.


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Hi I used to be a resident of heol y is a wonderfull street.i remember the allison family.i was wondering if anyone else remembers them?thanks Richard

I lived in Llanharry but most of my unts and uncles lived in Pontyclun. I remember working with Chas Freegard delivering fruit and veg to houses from Pontyclun to Brynsadler, Talygarn Miskin and Hensol Castle. He had a Bedford open back 71/2 ton lorry which he used to park in a smsll warehouse at the bottom end of Lewis Street.

From the picture in 1969 this reminds me of my upbringing in the village. I was born in the village in the house adjoining the Windsor Arms in 1951, and brought up in Heol-y-Coed until I married and moved out of the village in 1975.I now live in Llandaff. Like all teenagers I used to hang around the streets and I (...Read full memory)

I remember breaking and entering on a Friday night in February. Mr Doyle the local policeman rounds us up on Saturday a.m. in his house that doubled as a police station. Father went crazy and ripped up Wales-Australia tickets and threw them on the fire! My family went on holiday in the summer and left me (...Read full memory)