Nostalgic memories of Trealaw's local history

Share your own memories of Trealaw 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:

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Hi, I am searching for information on my grandfather Ronald George Scurling Jones, Or my Great grandmother "Mam Gin" from Haverford West, West Wales. My grandfather was killed on HMS Hood on 24/05/1941 at the age of 21. My grandmother (his wife) (...Read full memory)

Shureys the shoe shop Mrs James the bakers Petrol station and the paper shop I remember it well

Hi everyone ... Many years ago i had friends that lived in Trealaw and would love to hear from them or anyone that knew them ... We all met when i went to work in the watch strap factory in Tonypandy and i became very good friends with Denise Williams ...and Lynette Thomas ... this was back in the late 1960,s ... of course (...Read full memory)

I remember home time came my father would be waiting for me by the gates I pelt.doen the steps howni didn't break my neck ill never know he'd grab my hand and.wrnwould walk down the road past sunshine.corner and stop in a shop my dad.cslled it.ankses I wad allowed.a.quarter of sweets normally (...Read full memory)

I am researching the Howells branch of my family. My mother was Eileen Howells and she had a sister, Enfys Howells. Parents were Ivor and Iovie Howells. They ran a grocers shop on Brithweunydd Street. I wonder if anyone remembers my family?

I am researching the family, Francis. James Francis was born in 1852 in Monmouth and married Selina Owens, in 1872. They had a son Matthew Henry and a daughter Sarah Jane. Matthew married Ellen and they had 4 children; Frederic, Ellen, Ruby and Doris all born in Ystradyfodwg and living in 208, Rhys Street, Trealaw, (...Read full memory)

My grandmother was born at 5 Brick Row, Trealow her name was Dora Isabel Bateman I wonder if anyone has any information regarding the Bateman Family as I am trying to create a family tree for my grandchildren?

I am researching the family of James Gifford and Selina [Francis], married 1882 in Pontypridd, They had a son, William [Willy], born 1887 in Tonypandy. Their address in the 1911 census was, 55, Brithweunydd Road, Trealaw. William Gifford's address in the 1911 census was, 3, Rhys Street, Trealaw. His wife's name was Rhoda (...Read full memory)

I also went swimming in the ducks pond, played for the res and played bowls and tennis - and we use to go up on the swing and slide and put candle gresse on it to make it go faster. On the way home, we used to have a glass of milk in Seales Dairy on the bottom of the hill.

I remember starting school there, and also remember the teacher, her name was Miss Martin. Also, we had a nap in the afternoon on a camp bed. The Headmistress was Miss Jenkins. My mother worked in the kitchen - also her sister Cilla. I lived in no 3 Charles Street across the road, fond memorys for me.