Glan Taff trips

Three photographs below taken in the 1950’s I believe, can anyone identify the people in the them?




This photograph is badly damaged but still of interest.


Outside the GlanTaff Inn before an outing.

Quakers Yard festival of Britain celebrations 1951

Below are two photographs supplied by Ron Davies they were taken during the 1951 festival of Britain celebrations in the village…



Some of the names that Ron can remember include

The Queen..? Toogood
Ladies in Waiting..D.Jones, ? Rees, ? Cowell, M.Carlick, R.Davies and B.Humphreys.
Crowned by Mr A. Coney Merthyr B.C.


Bryngerwyn ladies football team from the early 1950’s, my Aunty Eunice Jones( nee Corkrey), married to “Wadi” was the captain and the ball can be seen by her kness…other ladies we can identify include Mrs Price,

Gwyneth Yendle (Back row, Left}Mrs. Selway Back row Middle) Doris Porter (In front of Gwyneth) and Mr Selway (front row kneeling) thanks to Bill Phillips for finding this photograph.


The Quakers yard “pop” man

Gwyn Jones ..the Quakers Yard Baker

Gwyn Jones baked bread for many years from behind the current Bridge Stores…one of his famous customers was the show jumper David Broome, whom would always call in for a loaf or two when in the area.

Mr Tony Evans and his wife have renovated the old Bakehouse now into a wonderful family home and Tony has kindly allowed us to see some photographs of the former owner..Gwyn Jones the baker


The old Bake house



Two pictures of Mr. Jones by his Welsh dresser


Hard at work in the bake house

During the renovation of the Bakehouse, Tony and his family found a couple of items left in the debris of the building, children had been inside and made a bit of a mess but they left behind some papers including a bank book (over 60 pages) that belonged to Mr Jones’s family from 1888.

Tony also salvaged an old envelope wirh a halfpenny George V  stamp that contained  a receipt from a cotton oil company in Manchester, sent to the Jones family in 1914.

I think they are great finds and Tony has agreed for them to be put on the website.


Page one 1888 £110 in the account


One of the middle pages from 1889 over £1,031 in the account


last page in the book from 1891, and a healthy balance of £1,410


Envelope from 1914, George V half penny stamp


The contents of the envelope

Obviously the Jones family business was a success and John Jones made the Bridge stores very profitable. Gwyn Jones the baker continued to be a success in the village.

Ieuan Owen

Ieuan was born on the 1st June 1920 in Forest House in Edwardsville the youngest of nine children (95 yrs old) . He was educated in the local primary school and Treharris Boys Central School, Quakers Yard Grammar School. Trinity College Carmarthen , Newport Art College, Bristol Art College of Art and Design and Cardiff University.  He served for six years in the wartime R A F and then entered the teaching profession. In 1964 he was appointed one of Her Majesty Inspectors of Schools and retired in 1980. He has devoted much of his time to music and the study and creation of musical instruments. He is author of “Valley Boy – Musical Memoirs” as well as “Recollections and Reflections” – an autobiography and “Our Prefab”. (down in Rodrick’s field where we lived after the War).  and he has been a contributor to musical journals such as the “Strad”.  He has lived in Monmouth since retirement. “

The old Quakers Yard prefabs built in 1946, these were taken shortly before they were demolished to be replaced by Woodlands Avenue, which now houses around 60 homes, which were erected in 1975.




The Next Two pictures show the inside of the Prefabs



RAOB Quakers lodge Quakers Yard


Back row left to right. Ritchie Owens, Forgotten name, Dai Roberts, Reg Morgan, Forgotten name, Trevor (micky) Pritchard,Bill Greenaway,Emilyn Grithiffs, Centre Row, Bob Pulman, John (Sox) Owens,
Bryn Williams,Gerald Farr, Bomber Brown,Geoff Marshall,Clem Morgan, Front row. Fred Reilly, Ron Davies, George Harris,Bill Hawkins,Barry Tandy, Bob Morris,Peter James, Frank Williams.
Quakers Yard darts team

Popular faces from Quakers Yard..taken at the now demolished Buff Club, Leighton Bethel,(far right second row from front) the former landlord of the Glantaff is amongst the players.


Bob Maddox John Rees Jonny lewis miss Patrick Donahue Leighton Bethell behind Leighton looks like Mike Clarke Windom street with glasses


Brian Williams and Brian Maddox

allotment society committee


Merthyr Tydfil gardening and allotments committee during early nineties covering Quakers yard, Treharris, Edwardsville, Aberfan and Merthyr and Dowlais includes Peter James,Wayne Bolitho,Jimmy Blackburn and Ian Grzesica


Mrs Hazel top of Pentwyn before roundabout


Quakers Yard Fire Department

quakers regulars

Regulars at the Quakers Yard Inn 2013

Quakers Yard Drama Group

Can anyone put a date to these pictures? They are a drama group from Quakers Yard, does anyone know any of the people in the photographs?




Jimmy Wilde, 15 May 1892 to 10 March 1969


On 15th May 1892,Jimmy Wilde , the world boxing champion was born at Craig Berthlwyd (Pentwyn Deintyr), Quakers Yard, Merthyr Tydfil.

In 1895 the family moved up the valley to number 8 Station Road, Pontygwaith.

The family had moved to Tylorstown in the Rhondda Valley by 1904 Jimmy Wilde was just twelve years old, and he was working underground, he was a small lad and was able to crawl through gullies impassable to most of his colleagues. This helped him develop his amazing strength despite the fact that he never weighed more than 8 stone throughout his career.

Wilde honed his fighting skills in boxing booths from the age of sixteen, and soon realised it could be much more lucrative than a life down the pit.

In 1909 Wilde married his wife Elizabeth and was a father by 1912

Wilde went undefeated in 103 bouts, all of which were held in Britain, a remarkable achievement.

He took a British title in 1913 at the age of 21.

In 1916, he was crowned the first official World Flyweight Champion at the age of 24.

He had a record of 131 wins, 3 losses, 2 draws and 13 no-decisions, with 99 wins by knockout, which makes him one of the most prolific knockout winners of all time

Wartime service as a Sergeant Instructor interrupted Wilde’s boxing career, but he returned to the ring and toured America for a year.

Sadly his powers were on the wane, and he retired in 1923 after losing his world title to Filipino fighter Pancho Villa in New York.

Wilde was known by a string of nicknames – the Mighty Atom, the Tylorstown Terror, and the Ghost with a Hammer in His Hand.

The story of one of Wales’ true sporting greats has a tragic end.

He was mugged on a Cardiff railway platform in 1965 and spent his last four years in Whitchurch Hospital.

Jimmy Wilde died in a hospital near Cardiff and was buried in Barry Cemetery.

The young lad born in Quakers Yard, earned the right to be called one of the greatest boxers of all time