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  1. Hello,
    I have many photos and docs re my Grampa Evan Williams of 37 Gwendoline Street. He was the son of William Williams and Mary Jane Williams(nee Cullis). They had a houseful at Gwendoline Street in the 1911 census. Evan left Blaengarw in 1897 to join the Cardiff Militia and then he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery in1899. I can send scans of the docs and photos if you are interested.
    Thanks Glynis

  2. Hi Glynis

    My Great grandmother live at 24 Gwendoline Street, Blaengarw when she passed away in 1939 aged about 80 odd she was known as old Granny Williams. If by any chance you have photo’s of that area I would appreciate if you can send me copies.

    Best wishes

    Colin H. Williams

  3. Hi Glynis

    How’s that for coincidence. I recently started tracing my ancestry, and it seems that most of my relatives lived in Blaengarw at some time. Today, I found this website, and was amazed at the information on it. I was even more amazed to read your description about 37 Gwendoline Street. My grandfather also lived there at the same time and was part of the 1911 census. His name was Albert Arthur Bennett. Other relatives were the Hunts from Somerset (many of them) and a few Westlakes (my grandmother lived in Marion Street). My father Vivian met and married my mother Elizabeth Hunt in Blaengarw.

    Kind regards,

    Tony Bennett

  4. Hi Glynis,

    I’m back again. I did some more research about 37 Gwendoline Street. My grandfather did live there in 1911, but your family actually lived in number 27. You were right, it was a houseful!

    In my research, I could not understand why there were family AND lodgers living in such cramped conditions. My great aunt from Tonypandy in her writings put me right. In the early 1900s’, women were discouraged from working, and once they got married they had to leave the job or were sacked. Taking in lodgers supplemented the meagre wages the men were paid as miners.

    Kind regards,

    Tony Bennett

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