Saturday, April 30, 2005

Memories of Summer Holidays (Trebinshun) 1915- 1932

in my email
from his aunt to Andrew Cummin (a cousin of mine who sent this email)
reporuced by permission of Joan Earwicker nee West


Mr and Mrs Davies farmed at Cwmyoy (?)Abergavenny. They had 6 children
1. William - rector of Salford
2. Albert - vicar of Aldworth (?) Glos. He married Polly Abel and had 2 sons
Albert a GP in Croydon
Arthur who worked for Westinghouse in Manchester
3. James - ran a taxi cab service in Brighton. He had one son, Tom.
4. Harriet - married Rev Price rector of Mundham, Chichester They had
one daughter: Rose who married Rev Augustus Outram. He
followed his father-in-law at Mundham. They had two sons
Edmund became rector of Mundham
John became vicar of Lake in IoW

5. Alice - ran a guest house in Westcliff on Sea
Mary-Ann - married William Watkins who ran the farm at Cwmyoy when Mr
amd Mrs Davies died. They moved to Trebinshun, Bwlch and had
10 children:
Tom - died as a young adult
Will - worked on the farm
David farmed at Cwm farm, Taff's Well
He had 7 children - Alun, Tom, Jack (who took over Cwm Farm), Gwyn
(farmed at Cwmdhu, Abergavenny) Rose, Elsie & Rhoda.
Ernest - a pharmacist in Westcliff. He had two children Beryl and James
John - worked on the farm
Maud - died of diabetes
Polly - a district nurse in Dartford
Gertrude - worked on the farm
Mabel - a nurse
Beatrice - married Horace West
Memories of Summer Holidays at the farm 1915 – 1932
Joan Earwicker (née West) born 16th August 1914

Trebinshun, Bwlch, Breconshire

A farm of about 250 acres half way between Brecon & Crickhowell. It
was a mixed farm raising sheep & Hereford cattle.

The Buildings
The farmhouse was Elizabethan. The front door led into a large kitchen
with a flagstone floor. As you entered the door there was a large
Welsh dresser and leaning against it in the corner were a number of
shotguns used to catch rabbits. The ceiling was hung with large hams.
At the far end was a huge fireplace in which a fire was always kept
alight. All the cooking was done in large pots, pans & kettles which
hung on hooks over the fire. Pies were cooked in the oven. One side of
the fire was a large settle and the other side wooden armchairs. The
rug was made of rags of various colours. There was a large central
table where the family ate and under the window a long table where the
workmen sat on benches. Leading off the kitchen was a parlour one side
and the back kitchen on the other. The parlour had a small iron grate,
a large mahogany table, horsehair stuffed sofa and chairs. The back
kitchen had mangles and a dresser where the washing was done in a
large bowl. Water was fetched from outside where a spring had been
piped and the hot water had to be carried from the kitchen fire. In an
outhouse was a copper and a swill tub where scraps, whey etc were put
for the pigs. Steps nearby led to an orchard with a long woodpile and
several pigstyes.

Opposite the front door steps led to a cobbled yard on which were the
bakehouse and dairy. The bakehouse contained a long oven built into
the stone wall, a large trough for mixing bread and a cheese press.
The dairy contained a churn and slate shelves on which were large pans
where milk was put so that the cream could be skimmed off, put in jars
and used to make butter. Stone steps outside the dairy led to a large
room above the dairy, this was the granary where grain was stored
after threshing. Periodically sacks of it were taken to the miller to
provide flour for bread making.
The cobbled yard led to a fold bounded on 4 sides by a large haybarn,
stables, milking shed and quarters for the boar and the bull – both of
uncertain temper.
Beyond the barn was a rickyard where there was a Dutch barn and
shelters for the trap, chaff cutter, mowing machine, plough etc.
Beyond the fold was a shallow well fed by a spring which overflowed to
fill the duckpond. There were several orchards and pastures and a
kitchen garden fenced in against marauding animals and growing soft
fruit, beans, cabbages, leeks etc.

Near to the dairy was a building containing the cider press – a huge
stone wheel pulled around by a pony. It is now in the Brecon museum.

The farm owned three cottages. One nearby was occupied by Mr & Mrs
Jenkins. He worked on the farm. The other two cottages were at the
extremity of the land (Point Cottages), one was occupied by a gardener
at the nearby large house and the other by a farm worker.

Day to Day Work

The work was mainly done by my grandmother, Mary Ann Watkins (when not too old),

[Mary Ann Davies born Abt. 1842 Llanddewi Skirrid, Monmouth, England
who married William Henry Watkins born Abt. 1831 Llanfair Kilgeddin

Gertrude E J Watkins Abt. 1875 Bwlch Trewyn, Monmouth, England
?? Mabel Watkins Abt. 1882 Bwlch Trewyn, Monmouth, England
William (Will) J. Watkins Abt. 1864 Bwlch Trewyn, Monmouth, England
John A D Watkins Abt. 1878 Bwlch Trewyn, Monmouth, England ]

Aunty Gertie, Aunty May (later on), Uncle Will, Uncle John, 2 workmen
and a young boy who lived in and came from a miner's family. He mainly
waited on my grandmother, fed animals and did any odd jobs.

Grandma supervised the dairy where butter was made, everybody taking a
hand at churning. Cheese also was made periodically – a mild
Caerphilly type. Bread was made once a week. A fire was lit in the
long stone oven. It was then raked out and the loaves put in. After
that the oven was cooler and dough cakes were put in. Every day Auntie
Gerty and the young boy collected eggs and fed the chickens.
The geese were put out into a meadow through which a stream ran. Each
night they had to be shut up against the fox. They were quite bad
tempered. The chickens and turkeys roosted in trees or on rafters.

Uncle Will's work was mainly scything oats on the higher ground,
making and mending parts of wooden machinery and tending sheep. Every
Sunday morning his dogs collected the sheep into the fold and he
examined and treated each one for parasites and foot rot. Once a year
the sheep were dipped. A makeshift tank was made by damming a spring.
The policeman had to be there to see that each animal was dipped for
the right time. I think he enjoyed the job as he got a good farmhouse
Uncle John looked after the horses – shires and ponies. On the
mountain there were unbroken shire colts which were let down to the
pond for water and were rather terrifyingly wild. He also did the
mowing and ploughing with help.

Auntie Gert and one of the men milked the cows every morning about 6am
and every afternoon at about 4pm. There were only 12 milking Hereford
cows and 1 Jersey cow.

The main work was raising beef cattle.
Beer and cider were made regularly and stored in hogsheads in the house cellar.
During harvest the men took with them bottles of drink. They came home
for a good dinner – summoned by the ringing of a large bell. Tea was
taken to them in the fields – a can of tea, slice of doughcake and
bread & butter.

Only essential work was done on Sunday.
Uncle John dressed in a bowler hat and navy blue suit and Auntie Gerty
in a costume & large hat walked to church at Llangasty near Llangorse
lake. Grandma drove there in her pony and trap. A man at the Church
Farm used to turn her pony into a paddock.
At haymaking time extra casual labour was employed. One old chap,
Charlie, used to turn up each year. He slept in the barn and was given
food which he ate there. The hay was brought from the fields in a
gambo. This was like a wagon without sides which had long poles at
each corner around which ropes were tied to retain the load.

Each Monday there was a cattle market at Talybont-on-Usk. Men used to
walk the animals on the road a distance of about 4-5 miles. It was a
great meeting place for farmers who retired for refreshment to the Usk
Every Friday was Brecon market. My Grandma drove there in her pony and
trap (8 miles). There were great preparations beforehand, my Grandma
dressing herself up in her best boots & hat. She took some produce for
which she had a permanent order from a shopowner in Merthyr. She took
butter, cheese and buttermilk cheeses which were wrapped in cabbage
leaves and in great demand. She went to a local hotel where the groom
unharnessed the pony and turned it into a paddock. The trap was left
in the yard. My grandmother went shopping at the grocer, fishmonger
and fruitier and what she bought was delivered and put in her trap.
She then had lunch and drove home at high speed.
On Thursday she went to Abergavenny Market (14 miles) but just to meet
friends and have lunch.

Some memories told me by mother who was brought up on the farm.
Beatrice Alice West, born in 1883 (née Watkins).
married Horace Frederick West

My mother started school at the Church School in Llangasty near
Llangorse Lake. She walked both ways in all weathers and remembers her
very excellent headmaster – Mr Ind
When she was about 13 she went as a weekly boarder to Brecon County
High School. The girls lived in lodgings – 2 or 4 girls and a mistress
in each house. She remembers going out after school on Thursdays to
buy faggots which the butcher was making for the Friday market. Her
mother took her home on Friday after she had been to market. Early on
Monday morning one of her brothers drove her in the pony and trap to
Talyllyn station and she had only a short train journey to Brecon.

When she was 16 she took the Civil Service exam and became a clerk and
telegraphist in the Post Office. She asked to be posted to Dartford,
in Kent, where her sister (Aunt Polly) was a district nurse. [Polly
Megan Watkins]

--- and my Usk granny warned me seriously not to drink the cider
when I helped with the gleaning and the stooks at harvest time late 1940ies

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I was a model maker as a child

at least 1 in 12 is standard for dolls houses

oh dear
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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Welcome to the British Gliding Association and many happy memories

I started in Belfast with the The Ulster Gliding Club when it was at
Long Kesh before the prison was built.
and went on a 5 day course ast the Lands End gliding club the year the Torry Canon sank at the Cornish gliding club

Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia - - Torrey Canyon
At 0850 on March 18, 1967, the crude-oil tanker Torrey Canyon ran aground on the Seven Stones Reef (50°02N, 6°07E) at the western entrance to the English Channel—eighteen miles west of Land's End and eight miles south of the Scilly Isles.

I got a silver C by flying 50 km the distance at the Dorset Club and when I cam out of cloud over The Cerne Abbas Giant navigation was no problem.

5 hours duration at Portmoak flying the ridge at the Scottish gliding club.

and gold C height at Lasham in a developing thunder storm.

The design of the two-seat gliders allows a maximum weight of 103 kg or 227 lbs (16 Stone) per occupant. adn I am much too fat and too poor !

all this because I found SWGC Home when I was googling a surname at Usk Monmouthshire

I had a couple of summers as a professional instructor too
Bidford on Avon and Cairngorms Speyside

Friday, April 01, 2005

Google Groups : soc.genealogy.britain

The Wicked Step Mother Who Drank Up The Family Fortune

Wed, Dec 11 2002 9:36 am

BIG day in London yesterday in the Society of Genealogists library

I was reading copies of St. Cadoc's Raglan parish registers

and found

The Wicked Step Mother Who Drank Up The Family Fortune

My much loved Granny Blanche Eveline Watkins - nee Jones pillar of the Mothers Union, the Usk Church Wardens widow . . Southampton
qualified nurse who married an old bachelor

- was always a bit reserved about my mother Alison's merry ways with shandy, sherry and wine . . . and smoking. ( Bristols of
course.. her mother had worked at WH Wills Bristol since she was 14)

and my Granny warned me of the evils of drink when I was about seven pointing at a drunken man staggering down the Abergavenny road
one afternoon in Usk and mentioning the step mother who drank up the family fortune.

Blanche's mother Mary Jones died and was buried May 18 1887 St. Cadoc's Raglan.

when she was 39 had had 8 children and Blanche was 14.

December 16, 1888 her father Edward Jones, the grocer, chemist and amateur photographer whose shop is now Raglan Post Office,
married at St Cadoc's Helen Elizabeth Bliss who was about 24 and possibly working as a Barmaid in London since she was 14 . . . but
there are several Helen Elizabeth Jones of about the right age listed in the 1901 census as widows so more research to be done.

In about June 1889 Edward and Helen were in Rome and I have 3 souvenirs of that trip here, which I inherited in 1953 from my Granny.
These are a photograph signed Edward Jones, a collection of sepia souvenir prints and a thermometer on a Trojan's Column model under
a glass dome case.

Edward was buried July 21, 1900 age 58 at St. Cadoc's Raglan and his grave has an Italian rustic cross sculpture on it - Blanche
showed me where it was when I was a child.

Descendants of Helen Elizabeth Bliss

1 Helen Elizabeth Bliss 1864 -

. +Edward Jones 1842 - 1900

........ 2 Blanche Eveline Jones 1873 - 1953

............ +Alfred Henry Watkins 1864 - 1935

................... 3 Alfred Henry (David) Watkins 1907 - 1942

....................... +Alison Mary Lapham 1908 - 1999

.............................. 4 Hugh Bartley Watkins 1936 -



................... 3 Hilda Mary Watkins 1903 - 1928

........ 2 Frank Harold Jones 1876 -

............ +Nellie Unknown6

................... 3 Frank Harold Jones

........ 2 Kate (Kittie) Ethel Jones 1884 - 1956

........ 2 Lucy Mary Jones 1885 - 1941

------------------------------­------------------------------­------------------------------ step children above her own below ----

........ 2 Reginald Bliss Jones 1889 -

........ 2 Joyce Bliss Jones 1891 -

............ +Filby

........ 2 Dorothy Bliss Jones 1895 -

The Bliss Jones children are mentioned in a will also referring to me from 230 Widney Lane Solihull Warks

of which my father was executor.

and now I have solved that conundrum.

The Jones family was dispersed in the 1901 census:-

Blanche was on holiday with her friend Kitty Marfell (who later was my unofficial aunt, who had worked in New Zealand and died in
Knowle Warwcks). Her little sister Lucy Mary Jones was being trained to be a governess in Southampton.

and the Bliss Jones children are living in London with their uncle Albert Brown, a Stage Driver, and his family with his wife Edith
A from Great Tew in Oxfordshire which points at

a possible Helen E. in 1881

Dwelling: 2 Maddox St Green Dragon

Census Place: St George Hanover Square, London, Middlesex, England

Source: FHL Film 1341021 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 0093 Folio 28 Page 14

Marr Age Sex Birthplace

Sarah Louisa CENTO W 38 F Islington, Middlesex, England

Rel: Head

Occ: Licensed Victualler

Pattie E.A. NEWTON U 20 F Hardbeade, Northampton, England

Rel: Servt

Occ: Barmaid

Helen E. BLISS U 18 F Gt Tew, Oxford, England

Rel: Servt

Occ: Barmaid

Henrietta M. BLISS U 15 F Gt Tew, Oxford, England

Rel: Servt

Occ: Barmaid

George T. ELLE M 25 M Homerton

Rel: Servt

Occ: Potman

Fanny ELLE M 28 F Woodlands, Dorset, England

Rel: Servt

Occ: General Servant


Helen Jones 36 born Oxon Great Ten

census London St Paul Covent Garden

occupation Cook Domestic

(Ten a typical mistranscription for Tew)

as the widow --.tif not yet downloaded

Dwelling: Upper End

Census Place: Milton Under Wychwood, Oxford, England

Source: FHL Film 1341366 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 1519 Folio 62 Page 30

Marr Age Sex Birthplace

John GOMM M 39 M Shipton Under Wychwood, Oxford, England

Rel: Head

Occ: Farm Steward (Bailiff)

Sarah A. GOMM M 28 F Shipton Under Wychwood, Oxford, England

Rel: Wife

Occ: Farm Stewards Wife

John GOMM W 80 M Milton Under Wychwood, Oxford, England

Rel: Father

Alfred J. GOMM 6 M Shipton Under Wychwood, Oxford, England

Rel: Son

Occ: Scholar

Sophia S. GOMM 4 F Shipton Under Wychwood, Oxford, England

Rel: Daur

Occ: Scholar

Annie BECK U 13 F Ascott, Oxford, England

Rel: Servant

Occ: General Servant (Domestic)

William BLISS M 53 M Maidford, Northampton, England

Rel: Lodger

Occ: Farmer (No Holding)

Emma BLISS M 47 F Chipping Warden, Northampton, England

Rel: Lodger

Edith A. BLISS 8 F Gt Tew, Oxford, England

Rel: Lodger

Occ: Scholar

which points at another generation of the Bliss family.

These are what I call candidates for the family tree, until I get confirmation from at least two more sources; like Birth Death or
Marriage certificates, wills or other papers.

Imagine how quickly things can fall into place when one gets one key fact

and this is an example of the argument for owning the CD set of the 1881 census,

because we all have many more relatives on it than we realise.

I have heard of one living Bliss Jones on the net who thus may be a living relative

The trip cost £10 Chiltern Railway day return Birmingham London

over 50 after 1000 am

In London got a "buses only" day pass for £2 because I cannot manage the fixed stairs on the tube anymore aged 67 in three weeks

Sopm it is much cheaper for me to go to the smoke than Newport Mon

Helen Elizabeth Bliss looks in fact to be a hard working girl who upset her teenage step daughter

regards - and the Compliments of the season to all

Hugh W