Nostalgic memories of Rhoose's local history

Share your own memories of Rhoose 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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I to went to live on a caravan site in Lanmaes as did other families.

My three children and myself were in Rhoose Camp in 63/64. I hated it, and the camp manager who was an ex-policeman, was a bully. Mothers had to put the children in bed and lock them in, and then go back up to the dining room. He would make smutty remarks. I got out in 6 months .

I lived at the camp with my family around 1958. I was then put into a children's homes in Swansea. My mother moved to London and divorced my father. I had virtually no contact with her after this until approx year 2000. She told me that the "Captain" at the camp was not very nice and used to pick at her - so she moved us all (...Read full memory)

I remember visiting Fontigary Bay Caravan Site with my family during the late 50s and early 60s. The caravans used to cost about £3 a week to hire. They didn't have toilets, of course, and we had to use the site's communal shower/toilet block. I can remember my dad lighting the gas mantles each evening. The beach (...Read full memory)

Does anyone remember the camp where women and children stayed when they lost their home or were abused by husbands? Mr Hughes was the man in charge, he wasn't very nice. It was a great place for little ones who didn't know what was going on. I went to the girls' school in Barry. We were taunted on the bus as if we were trash, (...Read full memory)

The following is a transcription of a newspaper article written about my grandparents Annie & Arthur Hopgood. May 1952. They took over the Carpenters Arms Rhoose in 1941. (now called the Highwayman) ‘Leader of the Band’ Many friends and customers called at the Carpenters Arms to celebrate the Golden Wedding of (...Read full memory)

My Great-grandfather, Edward Stanley Carpenter, was in the ROC during WW2. He did not fight as he had emphysemia and pneomoconiosis from the mines, but he used to lecture his colleagues on plane-spotting to inform the relevant people of all aircraft movement in their area. After the War, he joined the RNVR and (...Read full memory)