Howell Morgan of Blaengarw: Jewellery, Clocks & Watches

Submitted by David Dimmick. A little while ago I purchased a book called ‘Cardiff Clocks’ by William Linnard, which is described as ‘a comprehensive account of watch and clock makers in Cardiff, the Valleys, and the Vale of Glamorgan’. I had bought the book because my great-great-grandfather appeared in a 19th century census as a…

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Raymond (Collie) Collishaw: A blueprint for Biggles

Raymond Collishaw was born on November 22nd 1893 at Nainamo, British Columbia, Canada. He was the eldest of 6 chidren. His parents were John Edward (Jack) Collishaw an itinerant miner originally from Wrexham, North Wales. His mother was Sarah (Sadie) Jones who although originally from Newport, once lived in Station Row, Braich y Cymmer, Pontyryhl….

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Isaac and Priscilla Thomas: their story.

Written and researched by Maureen Browning & Sandra Hayes (nee Heycock) Isaac Thomas was born in1851, the son of David and Choice Thomas (nee Morris), and started his working life as a collier. He married Priscilla Rees on 25th May 1876 and by 1881 they were living in 4, Treharne Row, Pontyrhyl with one child,…

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