Tag Archives: Pembrokeshire

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

Posted in History, Religion | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in History, Religion | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in History, Religion | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Gate of the Bones (or not)

There are very few street names in Dinas but this straggling village divides into smaller hamlets whose names form part of our addresses. Tegfan is situated in Iet-yr-Esgyrn or ‘Gate of the Bones’. Very satisfactory. It’s a dead-end quiet corner not far … Continue reading

Posted in History, Welsh language | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Finding the North Pole

In places where many unrelated families have the same surname* and people occupy the same land for generations, the name of a house becomes part of a persons’s identity, as gravestones testify. Was this house named as a wry comment on the poverty of the soil as … Continue reading

Posted in Farming, History, Sea | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Pwnc (to rhyme with Nunc)

Being the child of a mixed marriage – mother from a Catholic background and father from a Protestant, non-conformist, family – I had thought that those two versions of Christianity were at opposite ends of a very broad spectrum. But Whitsun … Continue reading

Posted in History, Religion, Welsh language | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The foolishness of tax avoidance

The sea wall at Cwm yr Eglwys was built to protect the graveyard after the great storm of 1859 had destroyed the Church and the sea threatened to encroach further and further inland with gruesome and distressing consequences. The Rev. Jones (writing … Continue reading

Posted in History, Sea | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment