Sent in by Myra Williams
I visited your site and enjoyed the photos and
I read with interest your article on Siop Cae
and the Twthill area. I am a Cofi born in Hampton Road. My parents, brother and
sister moved to a police house at no. 22 in 1940 when my father Llewelyn
Roberts was promoted to the post of Sergeant at Caernarfon Police Station. Our
next door neighbours were Mr and Mrs T. R. Owen and their two sons Elwyn and
Dewi. Mr Owen was manager of Briggs Stores (now Ethel Austin). He was an
Alderman of the Borough and was Mayor of the Town in the early fifties. I'm
told that he was the Air Warden during the Second World War. They were faithful
members of St. Mary's Church and a garden was dedicated to their memory in
1980. On the other side lived Mr and Mrs Westbury Lloyd Jones and their
daughter Nita. Mr Lloyd Jones was the County Architect.
Next door but one lived Bleddyn Williams teacher at Boys School.
In our street lived two other Aldermen Richard Davies and Alderman Edwards
(known as Edwards Smith as he was the manager of W.H. Smith). Anne the daughter
of Edwards Smith could be heard practicing her music scales as one passed the
house. It paid off, as she became a professional singer.
I was the youngest of three children. My
mother Mrs Eda Roberts taught for a short time at Llandwrog
Primary School and taught remedial
children at Caernarfon
where Miss Lewis headmistress used to keep the children and her staff in
order!. The teachers at the school were Mrs Parry, Miss Parry, Mrs N.
Pritchard, Miss McNeil when I attended from 1948-1953.
My brother Glyn known to most as Glyn (Saig)-
because of my father's title. He was head boy of C.G.S. in 1955. He counted
Brian Orritt, Noel Thomas, Ronnie Tyler, Arthur Renshaw, Richie Haines Huw
Coch, Gareth Edwards among his mates. Glyn moved away to Leicester
to work as a Maths teacher after graduating. He was due to come back to work to
C.G.S but died suddenly before taking up the post. His wife and daughter live
in Cardiff. He
would have been the proud grandfather of two boys and a girl.
My sister Eiluned became Holiday
Queen of Caernarfon in 1949. She was crowned on my 7th birthday amidst the
pageant and glory of the occasion. The castle was full of children dancing in
their pretty dresses and the visiting queens came from all around. The
preparation for this day took months. We would meet at the castle (or drill
hall) weekly to practice our routines and when it wasn't our turn, we would be
running along the castle walls and up the Towers! This pageant was in the
capable hands of Mrs Elin Thomas. There must have been numerous dressmakers
preparing all the long dresses for the children. My sister's dress was made by
Mrs Cottam. She must have spent hours on the hand-sewn beads that decorated the
dress and train. Eiluned was crowned queen by Miss Jane Hylton- well known film
star of her time.
I grew up in the Twthill area and remember
fondly buying chips at Siop Cae, owned by Mr and Mrs Jones. I also remember
Flossie's shop, but we used to sing rather unkindly "Flossie, Flossie cadw
dy bloody chips" My memory of Twthill and its shops is as follows;
At the lower end of Hampton Road was "Hove
Edge Stores", run by Mr and Mrs Ellis. You could always depend on Joyce
(their assistant) to give you a smile. It was a grocer shop and later became a
Driving Centre, before reverting into a house. Moving towards Twthill Square,
opposite the entrance to Edward
Street there was a Bakery, producing wonderful
bread. When my mother would send me to buy a loaf, I would return with a big
chunk missing from the corner of the loaf as I couldn't resist the fresh bread
taste. Opposite the bakery shop was a Coop branch. I remember seeing biscuits
displayed in tins here. They were bought by their weight.
A few yards down the road there was a drapers,
and a sweet shop owned by a Mr Nicholson. We used to spend our pennies there. I
remember a chewing gum machine outside this shop. It used to spit out a free
packet on every fourth turn of the dial. On the corner of Twthill Square was a chemist shop, where
Mr W.J. Owen was dispenser. In the square itself there was a small shop selling
sweets (Mrs Hughes?) and at the top of Clark Street was the Newsagent run by
Dafydd Morton Jones. Next to this was a Barbers shop. This shop also offered
the services of repairing umbrellas. Post Bach is still there but has ceased to
trade as a P.O.
Towering above Twthill square was Twthill. We
spent many a happy hour climbing to its top but not really appreciating the
beautiful views until our later years.
I left Caernarfon in 1960 to go to University
and lived in Bala and Llanfairpwll after graduating. I still kept in touch
though, by teaching Maths at C.G.S from 1966 to 1968.I was back teaching at the
school I had been so happy to attend as a pupil. My favourite teachers were Des
Treen and Eric Jones (Jos Phys) and I was working with them and many others
before I left to leave to have my first daughter.
After being away from Caernarfon for many
years, my husband Eifion and I moved back to the area, buying a house with
land. My husband's hobby is breeding Arab Horses. We bought Maesincla Isaf in
1978. Our two girls, Bethan and Sioned attended Maesincla School,
where they both obtained good grounding from good old fashioned teaching
Methods. They both attended Ysgol Syr Huw Owen before moving to University.
Bethan is a qualified optician and works at Barnett Pepper Opticians, Pool St,
and Sioned is a chemistry graduate working as a Senior Development Technologist
for Akzo Nobel in South
Now go and have a look at the photographs sent
in by Myra
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You can get in touch with Myra in "Say
Hello to an Old Friend"
Sent in by Veronica Jones ( My Sister.)
I read your 'Memory Lane' page, and it brought back
many, many memories of my school years, namely with Myra Williams' input.
Mind you, I was not the athletic type, as Myra was. My interest was
mostly artistic, but I have fond memories of some of the students. most
memorable are Valerie Roberts of 'Penrallt', Margaret Glenys (what a
character), Nattie, Myra
herself and Evelyn 'Fachell'. Also 'Mary Wyn' who, as memory goes was a
ferocious hockey player, in other words, fearless.
My interest was more on the artistic side,
having my painting accepted into 'The Royal Cambrian
Academy of Art' when I
was thirteen. Mind you this was not achieved without the influence of 'T.O.T
Art' who believed I had the talent in that area.
I have many happy memories, and not so happy memories
of my school days.(What do you expect of a teenager?)
Let's pick up on the 'Memory Lane' and have many more inputs.
Come on, have some fun, and think back on what we all thought that made us so
miserable at the time, but hey, time passes and life is fun. -
Get in touch with Veronica in "Say Hello to an