Category Archives: History

Our Aunt Emily

Aunt Emily earned her place among the sea captains of Dinas by having spent nine years at sea, mainly on the poop deck of the ‘Comliebank’. John Griffiths, her nephew, standing third from the left in the back row,  coaxed her … Continue reading

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The Frenchman’s Feet

The Frenchman Motel*, Goodwick, that hosted bands such as Status Quo, The Tremeloes, The Trogs, Sassafras and Elvis Costello in the 1970s has long gone. Did these feet bop along with the fans that were drawn to the events in … Continue reading

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Mudlarking at Newport

The River Nevern must have carried and dropped this weighty item into the estuarial mud and its origins are clear to anyone willing to stop and read. The Goodwick brickworks, established in 1908 just a year after the arrival of the Great Western railway, produced … Continue reading

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Gedeon

Coflein tells us that Gideon Independent Chapel was built in 1830, restored in 1930 and again in 1960. The present chapel…. is built in the Vernacular style with a long-wall entry plan. The facade dates from 1830 with improvements made in … Continue reading

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What would John James Esq think?

The plot of land, generously donated by John James to the Temperance Cause, now houses Fishguard’s Theatr Gwaun. It not only serves alcohol in its friendly bar but allows us to take the glass into the auditorium. Is John James, who supported the … Continue reading

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Ty Twt: a little museum in Newport

We took the long route from Tegfan (Dinas) to Ty Twt (Newport), going up the mountain behind Dinas, along the ridge to Carningli and then down to Newport. It was a wonderful walk and at the very end, as we … Continue reading

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Part 7: Unknown lives. Guesses, Slivers of Information and Cul-de-sacs

W Adams, died June 30, 1941, 64 yrs Pembroke Dock Leah Hunt, died April 28, 1942, 76 yrs West Bromwich Mary J Albrow, died Nov 2, 1942, 87 yrs Stepney Annie E Smith, died Sept 11, 1943, 73 yrs Paddington … Continue reading

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Part 6: Friends

JESSIE A PRESS, DIED JULY 5, 1945, 83 YRS, STEPNEY The last name on the gravestone is that of Jessie Amina Press who was born in the East-end ward of St George in the East in 1862 – the same … Continue reading

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Part 5: German Immigrant Families Bombed by the Luftwaffe

AMELIA E BERNING, DIED AUG 29, 1944, 83 YRS, STEPNEY The ninth name on the gravestone is Amelia Caroline Berning. She was born in Yorkshire in 1862 to parents (Ludwig and Caroline Herman) who were recent immigrants from Hannover in … Continue reading

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Part 4: A Royal Connection

MARY MOULAN, DIED JUNE 8, 1944, 86 YRS, STEPNEY Mary Moulan, the seventh name on this headstone in the graveyard at Nevern, proved difficult to find until we realized that the final ‘n’ of her name, as written on the … Continue reading

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Part 3: The Landlady

ESTHER A LOH, DIED MAY 4, 1943, 83 YRS PADDINGTON The fifth name on the head stone is that of Esther Anne Loh. She was born Esther Anne Jones, on September 9th 1860 and although her married name might appear … Continue reading

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Part 2: A Christmas Wedding

SARAH ALLEN, DIED JUNE 16, 1941, 81 YRS STEPNEY The first name on the memorial in Nevern’s Churchyard is that of Sarah Allen who died in 1941, at Llwyngwair. Sarah Jane Lawson was born to James Lawson and Mary Ellerton … Continue reading

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