Unit 11 - Old Buildings and Inhabitants

It is interesting to look round at these old buildings and the buildings behind the Ship - the one that faces the traeth.   The stones in that building were not quarried, they are big round stones that have been dug up from the fields and they are there to this day.  I think that makes it very old and there is an old open grate in the wall inside. Another place which is very old is Dolorgan, or part of it, as the slates are very thick and different in sizes on the roof on the Glanyrafon side. I wonder if Brynffridd could be one of the old ones as that could be a farm, it is the last house in Bryn Street, there could be a ffridd down towards the station then as there were no houses there and no sea wall.  Of course the house has been altered since then.

The Wesleyan Chapel used to have prayer meetings and also the Band of Hope at Bryn Ffridd. There was a big room in the top; it could have been two bedrooms but I am not sure of that. Behind Bryn Ffridd there is a big garden, Yr Ardd.   Briws it is called and my Grandmother said that it belonged to the house that was then called Briws which is next door to Noddfa, and as I was told there was a gap between the Sun and the Prince for them to go through but they built the little house there after. Opposite the Methodist Chapel there were stables for the Chapel people to keep their horse and cart when they were in Chapel. The houses opposite Gwenda's shop (the end house of the main street next to the Ship Aground) were built by Robert Lloyd who had that shop at one time and I understand that they paid the rent every six months in his parlour and there was tea for them all.

The Vicar (Person) was called Morfa Hughes, he walked from the Ynys to Llandecwyn Church on Sunday afternoon but there was hardly anybody going when we were children but very often someone from the village would go with him. The German prisoners did a lot of work during the first war.   I remember them working in the traeth near Llechollwyn. They were changing the course of the river and some of their work can be seen today.   After being covered in sand for years, the posts are sticking out of the water now.   When I think of Llechollwyn I think of John Humphreys who worked there most of his life and when he went to hospital he took two pounds of tobacco with him and they asked him how long he was going to stay, but that was how John bought his tobacco in the Co-op.

Miss Tudor had a shop in Glanywern and we walked there from the village to buy sweets. Nance opened a shop in Pensarn after Miss Tudor. There was a shop in the Ynys as well at Tai Newyddion - Miss Griffiths, and later on they opened a shop at Gwyndy and Thomas came round on his bike.   Miss Addyman opened a shop at Cilfor after the Second World War and went round with her van. There was a shop at Soar too, next door to Ty Capel, but I think it was very small then.