Nostalgic memories of Tonyrefail's local history

Share your own memories of Tonyrefail 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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  • How does it feature in your personal history?
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I was born at 17 heol Waun Tynybryn in 1952. We later moved to number 2. My family were the Domans and Males. I remember we would go for walks just behind dai the shop in Nant Eirin .We would cross the river and walk to the porcelain factory and then onto the Griffin pub which was known as "the bog" in Gilfach I (...Read full memory)

Hi all, my name is Goff Stephens formally manager of Kirk Tubes Pontyclun. I am tracing my family tree. My nephew Dr Robert Stevens had a practice in Tonyrefail in the 70's. He emigrated to Canada. Can anyone give me any details of him at all. His wife's maiden name was Richardson ( can't remember her first name). I can be contacted Tel 01443226339 or phil.browne@live.co.uk Many, many thanks

Does anybody remember Hannah Mary, known as "Nana" and Sid Cooke who lived in 5 (?) Heol-y-Park? They fostered a little girl and I would love to know any information regarding this. Thank you. I can be contacted via email: ree.williams01@gmail.com or via this site. Thanks.

After my dad passed away in January this year (2012), I realised I knew very little about my family history. I started searching the records for dad's family - a difficult task looking for a Davies who was born in Wales! I had a stroke of luck when we came across my grandad's birth certificate. Armed (...Read full memory)

In 1966 I was so proud to pass my 11 plus, the first in the family. We respected teachers then and wouldn't dream of answering back. Though I did seem to spend an awful lot of time in detention for talking in class. These were some of the best days of my life such fond memories of friends and teachers from long ago. Lynnette Ganda (nee Winter)

Maiden name Winter. I was born and raised in Gelli-gron Terrace, which you can see in this photo was a side street off Waunrhydd Road. The location from which this photo was taken we called 'the tump' where we children of Waunrhydd Toad used cardboard sheets from Mrs Bridge's shop (next door to Carpanini's cafe) to slide down the hill, to end at the high wall above the then Penygraig bus stop.

I lived opposite this Grammar School for 28 years and can see my old house in this photo...I raised my three children there and moved out in 2003, which I regret to this day...

I was born in Tyn-y-Bryn in 1948 at 15, Heol Haulfryn, and still love to see the house where I was born.

Daddy worked here for many years...also my nephew and uncles. I went underground when I was 14 years old with a group of four youngsters, taken down to view the mines with a gentleman who worked there and was a family friend too, his name was Jackie Belting, from Thomastown. We had an amazing few hours and I never forgot it.

I was married here in 1966, and most of my family. My dearest Mammy and Daddy were married there, and my daughter, two sisters and brother. Wonderful memories .... a lot of Christmas Eve Services with my cousin Pat and Bruce.. and some sad memories too.